Below are some of the prototypes. I have experimented with a few different design, pickup configuration and wiring ideas to come up with something more unique.
From here, the custom designs are built and perfected. Of course, the sky is the limit when it comes to building a custom guitar.
What ideas do you have?
Ash body, maple neck, rosewood fingerboard. The Seymour Duncan Antiquity Surfer pickups are connected to a three way switch like a Telecaster, with the middle knob controlling the volume of the middle pickup for a very versatile setup. Naturally, the other knobs are volume and tone. Gotoh bridge and Schaller tuners. Watch this space for a new SEVEN model coming soon.
Dio has a chambered alder body, figured maple neck and Birdseye maple fingerboard. The body is cambered front and back for comfort. The pickups are overwound single coil in the neck, RWRP single in the middle position and a P90 in the bridge. The volume can be push/pulled to activate the neck pickup coil tap to produce a P90-like tone. The middle control is a 6-way rotary selector offering neck, neck + middle, neck + bridge, middle, middle + bridge and bridge options. The tone control has a push/push blower switch, that connects the P90 straight to the output jack, bypassing all other controls, for a louder, punchier sound, perfect for solos. Weighing in at just over 5lbs, Dio is very comfortable and easy to play.
Designed as a versatile guitar that could cover jazz and jangly rock sounds, Terzo also features an LR Baggs T Bridge with a piezo pickup to sound like an acoustic guitar. The walnut top is book matched and sits on a hollowed alder body. Curly maple was used for the neck, and cocobolo for the fingerboard. Pickups are a Seymour Duncan ’59 humbucker (retrofitted with an AlNiCo II magnet) in the neck and a Fletcher Mini Humbucker in the bridge, wired to a three-way selector switch and dual concentric volume/tone that sit in a recess above the neck. The machine heads are Grover.
I was planning on making this guitar out of cherry, but when I was shopping for wood and saw this piece of Pau Amarello, I had to use that instead.
Pau Amarello (or yellowheart) is used for the top sides, while the neck and back are walnut, the fingerboard is cocobolo and headstock face is Birdseye maple.
Using a 24″ scale, the frets are slightly closer together, making it easier to play. The neck humbucker, a custom model, was designed to sound like a single coil when split and features single coil magnets instead of a bar magnet. The middle and bridge humbuckers are handbuilt by Axesrus in the UK. The electronics comprises a 5 way selector switch, volume, tone (with push/pull preamp) and mini switch for splitting the neck and bridge humbuckers. The selector switch is wired for neck humbucker / both neck and middle split / neck and bridge humbuckers / both middle and bridge split / bridge humbucker. All ‘in between’ positions are humbucking. It sounds like a lot of sounds, but is very straightforward and versatile.