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Dare I say it.. Thunder From Down Under..

From Ian in Australia, simply beautiful 

Hi Phil.

The kit you sent me was first rate. Precision is an apt description. The photos show:

1. Neck and body out of the box.

2. Ready for gluing – edges rounded, control cavity routed and control holes drilled.

This is a very nice piece of mahogany with some figure in the grain, so a clear finish was the only way to go.

I wanted the polished timber look and feel. Preparation was to fine sand to 2000 grit, no filler, then 3 coats of Organoil (a tung oil blend from Byron Bay in Australia), fine sanded between each coat, then finally polished and buffed.

3, 4, 5. Oiled and polished.

6. Fitted and ready to go – love it 🙂

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Steve O’s Oh So Awesome


Really enjoying this guitar.  Thanks for the making such a high quality kit available. The ‘hog is beautiful and the figuring on the pau ferro is off the hook.  I radiused the board to 20″ and put in jumbo Evo frets, and went with the gold theme on the rest of the hardware.  Pup is a Fralin noiseless 5% overwound.  Only trouble has been getting the bridge far enough back for intonation – had to turn the saddles around and take the adjusting screws to the limit, but is intonated.  Possibly because I use fairly heavy strings (11-49)?

Playability is top notch, even though the neck has almost no relief (I sanded out the built-in relief when radiusing the board!).  Low action, no buzzes, can bend notes to the moon. 

Finish is black grain filler, Cabot fruitwood stain, and wipe on poly.  I did have to go back and add a “rib cut”, because the curve of the upper bout dug into my rib cage so bad I could only play it for 5-10 min.  Would have been much easier to do this at the start, but now it is comfortable.  The other thing I forgot about is adding a thin wire when pushing in the RH bridge insert, for grounding.  Just didn’t occur to me until later, so it might be worth mentioning on the web site.  I did get it well grounded with conductive paint & copper foil, though.

Regards, Steve O