Good Lord, Laurie

It’s taken longer for me to get round to this post than I would have hoped, mainly due to moving house and settling into a new workshop. The unpacking is finally over, and I’ll be back to making saw dust very soon. In the meantime, in my last post I promised a beauty pageant for the recently completed telecaster.

I can’t keep referring to her as just “the telecaster” though. Musical instruments deserve to have a name. A well made instrument (and I am talking about well made instruments, not mass-produced plywood guitars) has character, maybe even a soul. Musical instruments are not just a means by which a musician makes a sound – when you play a well made instrument you enter into a conversation with the instrument, with the instrument affecting your choice of notes and phrasing. It becomes alive. And all living things deserve a name.

Which is all a long winded way of introducing Laurie. Maybe she was named after Good Lord Lorrie by the Turnpike Troubadours (a constant part of my repatoire), maybe not. I have no idea where the names for my instruments come from,  but none of that is important, anyway.

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Birdseye maple neck and fretboard, with decal applied between coats of lacquer, bone nut, and Spertzal locking tuners.

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A close up of the dyed sycamour veneer between the maple fretboard and neck.

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The fretboard dots, and side position dots, are black Tahiti pearl.

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The black and white theme continues with the three ply scratch plate…

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…and onto the buffalo horn control knobs.

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The Gotoh bridge has adjustable, lockable, brass saddles for better intonation while maintaining that mid-50’s look.

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A close up of the tuners and the maple neck.

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As well as the birdseye figuring, the neck also has some lovely subtle flame, which a coat of amber shellac really brought out.

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Full back shot.

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The neck plate is engraved to match the headstock decal.

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A good looking blonde – the butterscotch colour work lets the grain show through.

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