Thought some of you might be interested in this - its a bit of a silly idea but I appreciate an interesting challenge that is out of the norm every now and again.
So DrBob was selling his Hohner, and i got an email from the buyer asking if I could give it a little bit of a makeover. could I make it into a flying V. not a steinberger mini V shape, not a full size flying V. but more like the later than the former
So i spent some time messing around in photo shop to see how compatible the designs were and what sort of size we would be looking at
good to go - but can it have this paint job:
so that's the plan. obviously there are a few ways to do this. Could have built a whole new body and neck, could have stuck some wings on the side and plugged all the left over holes
I decided to go a different way, one I think will give the best look and show the least joins between wood when the new finish has sunk in in 20 years time. I am trimming down the existing body to give a central core. this will then be thinned down from the back till its about 35mm thick. then I make a new 45mm thick body and route out the centre section to accept the core.
and so far its going really well
here is the guitar - in splendid condition.
made into more of a cricket bat:
we have a 3piece maple neck through with alder wings, note the thickness of the finish - and some serious chipping but that is coming off anyway
and the new body blank slotted to accept the old body core
and from this point on it should be plain sailing
the new body is obeche which is nice and lightweight and a joy to work with.
did you know how much this one was being altered when you sold it?
Yes, Lee did mention it. I think it's cool If mine didn't have to fit inside of luggage I would've maybe gone for a more extreme Vee but as is it's the same silhouette as that one you've done for Gwem so it'll fit in a standard Steinberger gig bag. My pics will be up later once the kids are in bed !
What's really cool for me is that this G3T which was originally bought for my project upon selling to Lee has become the basis for another special Vee project and that my project was born out of some conversations I had with Wez having seen that Union Jack GP4 on his website and then further to that speaking to Gwem that guitar's owner.