Archive for the ‘Cyclone’ Category

A Cyclone is Forming

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

The slab has evolved into the rough form of a Cyclone. The body on the right is solid maple and will be hollowed out alomost completely. We’ll leave a spot to mount the Bibsby tail piece, but the electronics, bridge and pickups will be on the top.

The top is shown at the left and is AA Sitka Spruce. It will be shaped in a concave form to match the unique shape of the Cyclone body. Of course, with a semi-hollow body, the top isn’t a crucial as with an archtop or flat-top acuostic. Extreme care must be exercised so that proper tonality is expressed when the instrument is being played.

It’s always exciting to see a new guitar taking shape at this stage of construction. It’s a bit difficult to envision this instrument with gold hardware and shiny black laquer finish right now.

What a slab!

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

This particular guitar doesn’t look all that exciting right now. And, truthfully, it’s not too exciting; it’s just a slab of wood. That’s the humble beginning for them all. That’s where the excitement starts. We never get tired of selecting wood and envisioning the guitar that’s going to emerge.

This hefty chunk of maple will become a semi-hollow body Cyclone. Yes, maple is a heavy, dense wood and isn’t necessarily the first choice for guitar bodies. In this case we’re building a semi-hollow body, so much of the weight will be eliminated. The maple will retain a strong frame.