My big project for 2013 which happens to be my 50th year as a pro luthier. I apprenticed in '63 at the Stringed Instrument Workshop in Boston, Mass.
OK, I'm going to do it...reissue a limited series of Autosalvage/Garcia Peanut guitars.
Neck: Mahogany with 1/8" x 1/2" carbon fiber dadoed into ebony fingerboard and neck,
Ebony fingerboard with block inlays, bound in white, 24 frets
Peghead like original but with no dove wing notch...must evade Nashville lawyers
Double acting "Blanchard" truss rod
Body: Mahogany with walnut veneered back and sides,
body 1 1/2" thick (slightly thicker than SG)
Pickups: The first one, mine, will have three Duncan Zephyr silver wound pickups. Neck
and bridge will be on one "stereo" channel on the tip; middle pickup on ring.
Controls: Probably a 3 way switch for the neck and bridge with volume and tone, volume
and tone for middle pickup. Tone controls will be push/pull for coil cut.
Hardware: Gotoh Delta 510 tuners, Schaller roller tunamatic bridge, Bigsby on mine, all
hardware gold plated as per original
Options down the road: No vibrato...solid tailpiece; two pickups (as per Garcia), choice of various humbuckers, buffer preamp, buffered OBEL system, bird's eye pickguard plates as per Garcia.
So the first one is going to be closer to what I played in '67 and '68. Future instrument can be more like Jerry's. All will have some improvements...the carbon fiber in the necks, better hardware, full shielding, EVO gold fret wire, better finishes.