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Butternut Cutting Board Electric Guitar
Completed Oct 25, 2005.
No, you don't eat it... Butternut is the kind of wood, actually the kind of tree. A member of the same genius of trees as Walnut, except the wood is lighter in colour, and is vary light in weight, closed grained, nice tap tone, and one hell of a beautiful look. Matching this vary unusual guitar body wood up with a Flamed Soft Maple and Walnut laminated neck (lighter in weight) makes for a vary light and well balanced instrument.
The neck joint is a cross of the Fender and Gibson styles. Start with a fender style bolt-on neck joint but with a vary tight fit, then glue it in place, and carve the heel to make it feel and play like a through-neck guitar. You can actually feel the notes played in your left hand as you hold the neck, and the body resonates against your body like an acoustic. Who says light guitars don't sustain... you got to check this guitar out.
Now to get all that tone down to the amp, I've used a set of deMarzio strat style vertical stacked Alnico 2 humbuckers for a warm clean tone and none of that 60 cycle hum.
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