Reader MCWAV shares not only his first guitar body build but an original shape of his own design – a bold decision for a first time builder. So let’s have a look at his project.
Poplar Guitar Body Meets Tele Neck
MCWAV opted for a straightforward configuration influenced by the Tele Esquire. Included are a single bridge pickup, a vintage style 3 saddle bridge and a 21 fret Fender Genuine Replacement Tele neck.
Here’s a look at the back of the guitar:
The guitar body is made from a 2 piece poplar blank. While we haven’t seen a lot of poplar use in previously featured projects, it’s far from uncommon and sees use in both guitars and basses. It grows throughout the eastern United States and is easy to work with – the latter a consideration when first venturing into making instruments.
Like most guitars or basses designed with ergonomics in mind, the seated playing position was a key element in arriving at an appropriate shape.
Here is the guitar positioned over the right leg and akin to the casual playing position:
Here is the guitar sitting on the left leg:
In either case, the guitar sits well and allows the guitarist to sit in a relaxed position without the contortions many guitars require to achieve an appropriate playing position. Nicely done.
Continuing the theme, the instrument’s wiring was also influenced by the Tele Esquire and includes a tele style switch plate, knobs and switch.
So what does MCWAV think of it so far? He noted that he’s been playing it daily and really enjoying the comfort it provides. And while some of his friends may think it looks odd, we know better. After all, beauty is as beauty does.