1952 Blackguard TC Build
The following pictures show the build process for a '52 TC blackgaurd, all my relic guitars receive the same attention to detail. As I've said elsewhere relics are 'relics' and I do not attempt to forge the real thing, but if you can't afford the genuine article...(£10000 or there abouts) then what you see here is probably the next best thing.
In most cases guitar players prefere a few modern features, like a flatter fretboard and maybe jumbo frets, whatever you want can be done.
Here's the spec for this beauty..
One piece swamp ash body. (very light)
One peice maple neck with vintage truss rod and 9.5 inch radius fretboard and vintage frets
Bakelite pickguard, lacquered
All genuine Fender hardware aged
'52 Voodoo pickups
Butterscotch blonde nitro cellulose finish relic'd
Clear nitro cellulose lacquer all aged
Here's a Starter...scroll to the bottom of the page for more pictures of the completed guitar
Here's a familiar shape appearing in one peice swamp ash
Starting to route the cavities & body shape
The basic woodwork completed
Jig for cutting jack socket hole
4.5 lbs....... thats light !!!!!
Roughing out the neck, note the truss rod channel has already been cut before the neck is shaped
Routing/finishing the neck plan shape
Cutting 10/32 thread on vintage truss rod
Jig for drilling the truss rod 'nut' hole
Something looks familiar?
Fret cutting 'toast rack' box
Pressing-in the frets, dots fitted
Ageing the body notice under pickgaurd
Showing off the neck ageing...and bakelite pick gaurd
Just about make out the finish craze cracking.....
Looking good !
And finally the back!