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04/07/2009 @ 10:14 PM: I completed another custom guitar today, though in reality this one has been sitting essentially completed since last fall. This guitar was a complicated one in that it was assembled with two completely different types of pickup systems, and the wiring of these pickups and some setup details didn't get finalized until this past week.

I absolutely love playing electric guitar, but I've had getting out and playing solo "acoustic" shows on the mind for some time, and in general I'm just not as comfortable playing acoustic guitars. I started researching piezo pickup options for electric guitars (piezo pickups are commonly used in acoustic guitars and stringed instruments when amplification is necessary) and selected for this project a bridge made by L.R. Baggs that has independent piezo pickups installed in each string saddle. I added the L.R. Baggs Ctrl-X pre-amp system for maximum output options, and quickly this guitar became about creating an axe that could function in both an electric and acoustic fashion. The body was made by Doug of A&D, a gentleman whose work I've come to appreciate tremendously. (I've previously used two other bodies crafted by Doug--the Thinline Strat and the Jazz Bass.) It is made of alder and features a 1/4" walnut top, and I again went with a natural Tru-Oil and wax finish. This guitar features two output jacks; the first is a regular output for the magnetic pickups, and the second can function as a piezo-only output or, with the flick of a switch, a blend of both the magnetic and piezo pickups--each has their own independent volume control as well.

Pictures of this guitar in progress, along with my other guitar projects, can be found in the photos section of my MySpace page:

The parts list and photos are below!

A&D Solid Alder/Walnut Top Strat Body--Tru-Oil/Wax Finish
AllParts SRO Maple Neck--22 Frets, 1 5/8" Bone Nut, C-Shape Profile, 12" Radius, Jumbo Frets, Black Inlays, Tru-Oil/Wax Finish
GFS Crunchy Pat High Output Humbucker Bridge Pickup w/ Maple Pickup Ring
GFS Overwound Alnico Stagger Single Coil Middle & Neck Pickups w/ Black Pickup Rings
L.R. Baggs Chrome Tremolo X-Bridge w/ Piezo Pickup Saddles & Ctrl-X Pre-amp
Alpha 500K Volume Potentiometer w/ Black Knob
5-Meg Ohm Piezo Volume Potentiometer w/ Black Knob
5-Way Pickup Selector Switch w/ Black Tip
Black Tremolo Cover
Switchcraft Jack w/ Black Jack Plate (Main Output)
Switchcraft Jack w/ Black Jack Plate (Piezo Output)
Schaller M6La Mini Black Tuners
Graph-Tech String Trees
Black Neck Plate w/ Black Plastic Gasket
Black Strap Buttons

Walnut_Strat_14 (361k image)

Walnut_Strat_16 (431k image)

Walnut_Strat_17 (316k image)

Walnut_Strat_15 (600k image)

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Andrew Thomas