In Canton Custom Guitars – Three New Models, we saw electric guitar templates Rick Canton had worked up for several designs. Rick has been hard at work on Model #2 and shared the following…
The chambered goncalo alves guitar body has changed a bit but it’s still clearly Model #2 from the original article. It’s paired up with a bookmatched curly maple top:
These next two shots give you an idea of the body contouring.
First a view from the neck:
Next a side view:
Extended Heel Neck
The Canton guitar neck includes several interesting features including a 4 bolt extended heel design that reaches far into the guitar body.
And here are its specs:
- Curly maple with rosewood/curly maple heel laminates
- Figured bubinga 25.5″ scale fretboard with 20″ radius
- Zero fret – stainless steel jumbo
- Frets 1-16 – stainless steel medium
- Frets 17-24 – stainless steel small
- 2 graphite stabilizer bars
- 2 way truss rod
- Steinberger top load headpiece
Note the use of three different sized frets which Rick describes as follows:
The 2 (actually intentionally 3 with the jumbo -0- fret) allows for lower action. There is also a feeling of “more room” when holding a chord or running a scale at the higher registers with the fret layout.
I also sanded the fretboard’s 20″ radius thinner at the higher registers. The fretboards thickness goes from 1/4″ at the -0-n fret evenly tapering to just over 1/8″ at the 24th fret. This, coupled with the fret sizes, allows for closer action.
Bridge and Electronics
Electronics and circuit layout are TBD but the pickups will be some type of humbucker.
More to follow so stay tuned…