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  • Guitar Of The Month - August 2022

    The Poplar Sandwich

    Woods and materials used:

    Multi-wood fretboard consisting of Panga Panga and Oak with a Mahogany surround
    Mahogany and Poplar through neck
    Mahogany and poplar body wings
    Stainless steel vintage low profile frets
    Ebony control knobs

    Scale length and other configuration details:

    30" Scale length
    12" Fretboard radius
    Danish Oil finish
    7.3 1/4 lbs. total weight

    Electronics, pickups, etc.:

    2 volume, 2 tone (250k Pots) and a 3-way switch
    Sprague Orange Drop caps .047uF
    Wilkinson WJB Jazz Bass Pickups with Alnico V Magnets

    Other hardware:

    Wilkinson Machine heads 17:1 Gear ratio
    Northwest Guitars 'Chunky' (High Mass) bridge 18mm String spacing

    Is this your first build, fifth or five-hundredth?

    This is my 8th build

    A bit of information on your own background as a builder helps give context to your build.

    After my wife told me I couldn't buy anymore guitars, I took up the 'hobby' of building my own with the hand tools I had available.

    Was it built in the garage, at school, work or in your own shop?

    Built in my workshop (Garden shed which the wife calls my playhouse)

    A summary of the build's history. Was it built for yourself, friend/family or a client? Did you design the instrument and its specifications or was it built to spec?

    Part way through building a BC Rich Mockingbird based guitar for someone (7th build!) and waiting for funds for the next parts, I decided to build myself a short scale Bass guitar and the Mockingbird template was close to hand.

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