Routing the Binding Channel

At this point the tiger maple veneer has been applied to the body. The fine grain of the maple is clearly visible in this photo. In this step, we are routing a channel in the body for the binding.

We chose a basswood body with a tiger maple veneer for two reasons.

First, the basswood is light. A maple body would be very heavy compared to basswood. Heavy isn’t necessarily bad, it’s just not what we wanted in this particular instrument. There’s not many guitars heavier than a mahogany Les Paul. As I said, heavy isn’t bad.

Secondly, ¬†we wanted a warm tone. A maple body would produce a brighter, crisper tone. Bright and crisp isn’t necessarily bad, it’s just not what we wanted in this particular instrument. A swamp ash Strat is bright and crisp. As I said, bright and crisp isn’t bad.

Now, on the matter of tone, we’ve selected some Bill Lawrence pickups to give this Hurricane a pretty harsh voice. Yes, an X500XL Dimebag Darrel will be going in to this one. It could be dangerous.

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