Watson Guitars
Idyllwild
California, USA

4-string J-Bass - (Serial 16G082)
Custom Guitar
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951-240-1666. or email us here!
   
Materials: Top & Back: Quilted Maple
  Body: Cedar
  Core Laminates: Maple 5pc - Rosewood outer pieces - curly maple in center.
Fingerboard: Scale Length 25" to 23" scale - Flame Maple with Ziricote Insert on top
Hardware: ABM guitar tuners - will update on finish - possible matching pickup rings
Options: Custom Inlay - we have some great concepts!
Finish: Special Industrialized Blue Tint
Other: Push/Pull Coil-Tapping
  Magnetic covers on back. Headtock parallel to fingerboard.
 

Fiber Optic side dots - also on inlay - more on that as we develop

We are building a very unique guitar. We have spent some time with our customer ironing out the details. I will list all the custom features on this page soon.


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Center of neck/body ready for its neighboring components.
(1/27/17) Left: This is the center core of the neck and bosy after having been tapered, sanded and trimmed to length based on the instrument dimensions. (2/4/17) Right: Text and pictures coming.
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Received my set of ABM tuners from Berlin.

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Cut the taper on the center neck/body laminate.
(1/14/17) Left: I was able to get this part run on my CNC to its final dimensions. I want it to me the main feature down the center of the instrument - grain is nice! (1/20/17) Right: I got my tuners from ABM in Germany! Chrome finish so that we can selectively distress their surfaces and give them a matching industrialized look!
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Received my set of ABM tuners from Berlin.

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Have Cedar for the center section of body - will be cutting soon.
(1/14/17) I have Cedar which I am going to be using for the center section of the body halves. Front of the instrument will be Quilted Maple and we are looking out for a radical wood choice for the back that will still complement the other woods we will be using. Right now I can use my template to get these pieces rough cut and ready for ongoing work. Cedar is a great wood because it's good for tone but doesn't weigh too much so guitar should not be heavy!

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Setup to machine taper on the core section of the guitar.
(1/9/17) I have the center piece of the core of the guitar up on the CNC machine so that I can cut it to a precise taper along its length. That will then allow me to add some decorative woods to either side before we add the Rosewood outer laminates and complete the core section. I want to find ways to make booth the back and the front of this guitar visually impressive. I'm currently shpooing for an impressive piece of quilted top wood!

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Center laminate has been cut and is ready for drum sanding.
(1/4/17) Maple has been cut from a nicely figured board and this will have an impressive grain running across the center section of the back of the neck. My next task here is to get the laminate drum sanded so that it can then be taper cut on my CNC machine. When that is done I will be adding some contrasting veneer to the laminate sides and this will provide a double pinstiped effect between this Maple and the two outer Rosewood neck pieces.

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This is an example of our concept of the wood and tint for the top of the guitar.
(12/26/16) As I approach the programming for the geometry of the fingerboard I needed to do a couple of comparisons on the relative fret locations. It's helpful to choose a fret on the board which is not only square to the centerline of the guitar but also common between the two extreme scale lengths. In the photo I have illustrated the difference between the coomon fret being #7 and #8 as it relates to the angles of the nut and the end of the fingerboard.

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This is an example of our concept of the wood and tint for the top of the guitar.
(12/26/16) From a color and wood grain point of view this is close to the combination of figure and tint we are looking to achieve at least on the top of the instrument. We may also have it "aged" in a way to industrialize it - we have a few good ideas which we will percolate through the process of building until such time as we have to commit to the final finish process. No matter what - it's going to look impressive!

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Curly maple for the neck - with a great side grain which you caqn't see. We'll probably tint this blue like the top .
(12/21/16) I am cutting maple laminates for the core section of the guitar right now. These are safely oversize so that I can retain a little discretion on gluing and machining final dimensions. The immediate goal is to get all the core laminates rough sawn and drum sanded so that the process of taper machining, decorative veneers and gluing can get under way. We want to make this guitar as impressive from the back as from the front!!!

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Curly maple for the neck - with a great side grain which you caqn't see. We'll probably tint this blue like the top .
(12/15/16) I have my scale vector drawing complete and also templates for the instrument from which I will be cutting laminate pieces. I have my material on hand and ready to be cut and I have also spoken to my folks at ABM in germany to set up things so that I can get hold of the tuner assemblies for this instrument. I have also created some basic vector drawings that will be used for the inlay components on the fingerboard. More to come!

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Some of the Cedar which will be used for body components.
(12/1/16) As far as raw material goes, my first concerns are creating templates from which I can cut the various components of the core section of the guitar. In the photos you can see both the Cedar for the body halves and the Maple for the core. Both are hand selected and have very pronounced side grain which is what I need.
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Curly maple for the neck - with a great side grain which you caqn't see. We'll probably tint this blue like the top .

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This is a photo of one of the ABM tuner units I will be ordering from Germany.
(11/25/16) I have been creating a 100% scale vector drawing of this new project so that we have a reliable reference for all future design and production. I am also going to be using German tuner/bridge combinations from ABM for this guitar (see photo). I will be selecting woods and getting some of the core section pieces rough cut soon, on our way to making this unusual instrument a reality. This page will be updated with all progress and changes.

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This is the concept drawing of the guitar we are building. No doubt there will be updates and changes as we move forward but this picture shows the general idea.

(11/17/16) Received the official order for this guitar today so I am posting a notice to that effect. The guitar will be a 6-string with a long list of unique features. It will technically be a headless instrument in that we will have the tuning hardware at the body end, but will also feature a headstock to complete the overall geometry of our intended project. As always - some of the specifications will develop as we get further into the build.

Last update November 17, 2016