The Build Walkthrough:
- Here is where you can see the condition of the back of the body and front of the fret board.
- Another shot with the back of the neck
- Some minor issues with the bottom of the neck.
- Overall the body needed some reconstruction. Here I had to build out the area where the 5 way lever switch would be inserted.
- Here is a close up of the repair prior to it being sanded.
- Here you can see the finished work. The areas have been sanded and painted over.
- I chose purple liquid stain. I thought it would make the guitar stand out.
- Here is a shot of the back.
- This shot shows the build out of the lever area.
- Once I was ok with the coverage of the liquid stain I applied the first coats of lacquer.
- The initial coats of lacquer were going well.
- Nice clean shot of the back.
- Here is the back of the neck. Getting the sunbursting right was a bit of a challenge. Not really sure I did.
- I decided to name this The Dire Wolf. The wolf sticker on the front is a replica of what is on another one of Jerry Garcia’s’ guitars. The wolf on the back of the neck is just an add on.
- Here is a shot with the hardware completed.
- Here you can see final coats and the .07″ thin Wolf inlay sticker.
- Here is a view of the completed guitar. I added inlay stickers on the fret board. They are also replicas that are on Jerry’s Wolf Guitar.
- A closer look at the completed front of the guitar.
- A shot of the truss rod cover and name of the guitar.
- I thought the wolf on the back of the neck would add to the name.
- The back plates. I made the clear plate by hand and the tremolo back plate I ordered to match the neck.
- A final shot of the body. The theme was chrome and black.
This is the completion of my second and I was hooked. Once the guitars are done I take them to my instructor, Mike. He makes sure they are set up properly and does the wiring. However I will teach myself how to wire eventually. Bringing the guitar to “Mike”gives me the comfort of knowing the guitar is complete and in working order. Even when I do the wiring myself, I will always end the build with his approval and set up to ensure sustain and intonation. Mike has over 40 years of wisdom playing and building guitars.