Here I am trying out a variation on a Japanese technique called Shou Sugi Ban.
Sugi, a Japanese Cypress, is scorched on the outside and then treated with oil to make it resistant to bugs and rot.
This is handy when building barns, sheds, fences, etc.
I scorched the outer 1/16 of an inch or so off of this telecaster shaped body that I made out of yellow pine a while back.
After the burning process was finished I scrubbed all the charcoal off with a wire brush and threw a couple of coats of paint on it.
First a few white base coats and then a few coats of semi metallic red auto body paint.
Kind of a fun experiment.
I inherited this West German made baritone ukulele from my mom.
It was hers in high school.
I don’t remember her ever playing it when I was younger but it is a nice little instrument and I keep it on top of a shelf in the living room so I can pull it down and play a little whenever the mood strikes me.
From left to right: 3, 2, 4, 7 months, 5.
It’s pretty easy to adjust the top handle to get the rig to balance when I pull the shoulder section and the front hand grips off.
This works great for low angle shots.
Shown here with my old Chinon merely by way of example.
This wiring diagram also works for many of the other Ibanez RG series guitars with dual humbuckers and the 5 position switch.
The wiring diagram w020003.gif is currently missing from the Ibanez website under the support section.
The split single coil position gives a nice sort of stratocaster sort of sound and the neck pickup coils in parallel sounds nice and mellow, sort of jazzy.
Here are some guitar making booklets by the amazing Ron Kirn.
Ron graciously offered to share these books on TDPRI in a thread on the TDPRI discussion forum,
The bookets are hosted here to keep Ron from having to constantly send them out via email.
The Copyright on these booklets and their content belongs to Ron Kirn.
The Homespun Telecaster
Finishing your Guitar With Nitro-Cellulose Lacquer
Shaping the Telecaster Body
Setting up your guitar to professional standards
The Ultimate Strat Guitar
Shaping the Stratocaster body
Thanks to Ronald Winters for helping put the pdf’s in order.