About to start building my 2nd guitar now, and it will be a neck-thru. I had been thinking of using the Schaller 455 bridge or maybe an old L5 Harmonica bridge similar to Jerry's, but I just had a punch-in-the-face moment and realized that with a neck-thru I really probably need to have a flat-mount bridge/tailpiece since I can't really (at least yet) angle the neck properly when the neck is really 38" long. Is that a safe assumption or is there a trick I haven't thought of yet? Any words of advice on a great flat mount bridge, without having the strings go through the body? At this point the Schaller 475 is seeming to be the least bad of all evils, I just really don't like the string spacing adjustment, I have that on a tuneamatic on the guitar I just built, and I don't like it at all. Help is appreciated, and for the record:
Alder body with a 1/2 " padauk top , cut similar to Tiger but not exact unless I can find a better template
Neck-thru laminate of flame/purpleheart/maple/cherry
Most likely an SDS in the neck and 2 Super Distortion's with coil tap switches, going for more of a 73-74 and earlier sound, so not sure which humbuckers would be right since Jer used Singles....I know that Super Distortion's with coil switches are essentially Dual Sounds, no?
Making this one as part of the Advanced Electric Guitar class at Red Rocks Community College here in Denver. It will be kind of funny to see the reactions of the instructors when I reveal my plans, as I'm fairy certain that none of them have ever installed anything like an Onboard Effects Loop or a buffer. If I do this one right who knows, maybe I'll be teaching people how to make Jerrytars here in a few years!