Gentlemen (and I use that term loosely..)
I'm starting a guitar build project that's a bit off the beaten path and before I get too far in I'd like your input, advice, and observations. Thanks in advance.
So a month or so ago there was a link on the front page about a wolf/sg for sale on ebay. Caught my eye because I really like my SG. It was from Post guitars and looked like this:
So I have my Tiger which I had lusted for for decades- that itch is scratched. I like the Wolf- but I'm not a huge fan of the body shape. I've always liked SGs- I have a magic mojo SG that I lucked into- the most "alive" guitar I've ever played, and an Epi G-400 that's "ok". I don't expect to be able to hit that luck again, but thanks to the Post guitar I started working myself toward a morphed Wolf-SG. Two very different guitars so I don't think you can combine them and get either one. I'd like to hope that I could get some good things of both (but with my luck I'll get neither and a mutt that doesn't do either very well... )
I emailed with Troy and asked him if he could do a lefty for me, he said it was from a kit, really a one-off and didn't plan on any more like that. So I started checking out SG kits. Most I found were on the cheap side, mainly basswood bodies. Then I found Precision Guitar Kits that seemed to be a cut above and get repeated good reviews. Mahogany bodies available, plus they have a "customizer" where you can spec various options:http://buy.precisionguitarkits.com/
I fretted (pun intended) about it for a while and finally pulled the trigger. I found a 2-piece purpleheart blank, I'll send that to Precision and they will cover it with a 4A quilted male top. Lefty of course, they can rout a swimming pool, mahogany '59 neck profile, cream binding, rosewood fingerboard, ebony headstock veneer, trapezoid fret markers. They may be able to give me a larger control cavity- if not I'm going to have to do that myself or find someone local.
Not sure about the bridge yet. I was going to go with a harmonica- mainly for looks- but I'm leaning towards a Callahan ABR for tone (but the new Kluson machined-from-a-billet harmonica might be an option). My SG has a vintage ABR with the thin posts and I don't know if that's part of the magic. Most likely a ScarletFire Wolf tailpiece. OBEL, buffer. Not sure about pickups yet, if I did it right now I'd go for a DiMarzio PAF that I already have in the bridge, 57 Classic in the neck, and a Super II in the middle- all with coil splits- if I can fit 3 humbuckers in. The switch is a problem since a regular 5-way is too deep for the 1 3/8" body. I squeezed one of the rectangular 5-ways in my Tiger but this may be too shallow. Anyone have any experience with the "FreeWay" switch that Stewmac sells?http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Electronics,_pickups/Components:_Switches_and_knobs/Free-Way_Pickup_Switch.html
That should be an easy fit and have the SG look, but can it do the 5-way?
Schaller tuners, brass nut, wolfie decal (if it was good enough for Jer...
Finishing- I'm guessing the lacquer spray cans from Stewmac- a coat or two of amber, then clear. But those Wudtone finishes look attractive and the thinner the better for me. Maybe something different for the neck- tru oil or tung oil?
That's where I am now. Advice? Fatal flaws? Thanks for the input.
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