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  • Guitar Of The Month - September 2017

    "For those that might not have seen my build thread, I built this guitar in memory of my firstborn son Chris who passed away 7 months ago, Feb 18, 2017. He was 24 years old.

    The guitar has special inlays on the back that represent tattoo's that my son had on his chest and shoulder. A Phoenix (mythological bird) symbol, and an Aries (ram). Chris was an Aries and we both have Phoenix tattoo's on our chests for personal reasons. Also smaller versions of each on fretboard and headstock to match

    This guitar is named "Phoenix"

    The model is one of my own designs, called "24 Magnum". Its my 12th build to date, I build in my garage/shop at my home. This model, as with most of my builds, has the following notable features:

    • Neck-through-body construction
    • 3-piece laminate neck (all mahogany)
    • carbon fiber neck reinforcement


    • 25.5″ scale length
    • 24 stainless steel frets
    • 12″ fretboard radius
    • Genuine South American mahogany ( Swietenia macrophylla ) body and neck
    • Bookmatched, flamed maple top
    • Ebony headstock overlay
    • Natural “faux” binding
    • Macassar Ebony Fretboard
    • Original Floyd Rose Tremolo w/ tungsten sustain block
    • Custom white mother-of-pearl phoenix 12th fret and Aries headstock inlays
    • Custom white mother-of-pearl in ebony Aries symbol inlay on back
    • Custom paua abalone and select blue paua Phoenix inlay on back
    • Planet Waves 3×3 locking tuning machines
    • Seymour Duncan pickups – Custom Custom (TB-11) bridge, and Sentient neck
    • 5-way Oak Grigsby super switch (n, n-split, n/br, br-split, br)
    • CTS pots, orange drop caps
    • Nitrocellulose Lacquer










    The photo of my son Chris is included to show the tattoo's on his chest and shoulder that are the inspiration for the inlays....


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