Designing a perfect guitar

For some time now I’ve been on the verge of either building or commissioning my perfect guitar. Like many other guitarists I’ve been round the cycle of improving the hardware on guitars with varying degrees of success.

I’ve arrived at a very clear idea of what I want. Now I just need to find out of what I want is within the laws of physics.

In terms of how it looks, I want something that is classically shaped, very plain and sparse but classy. My current thought is a natural wood finish with matt black hardware. For the shape and look, my primary inspiration is the look and feel of the Schecter Telecaster.

Sound is a very different matter. I’ve already got a delightful 1976 Telecaster. Now I’m thinking of something that sounds and plays like a Les Paul. That means a 24.75″ scale length, medium/fat flattish frets, ebony fretboard, PAF humbucking pickups, tune-o-matic bridge and stop tail-piece and a glued/set neck.

To turn my ideas into flesh I’m considering either a guitar building course, such as that offered by http://www.baileyguitars.co.uk/, or perhaps contacting a specialist builder that takes a commission. I hear very good things about http://www.benfordguitars.com/ on the Six String Bliss podcasts.

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3 thoughts on “Designing a perfect guitar

  1. I am a legal services recruiter and a former professional musician, and although bass is my first instrument, I have been fortunate enough to play with many guitar players who wanted to commission an instrument. The best I have found in terms of both asthetic and sound is this guy:
    Scott MacDonald
    http://www.customguitars.com
    Scott@customeguitars.com
    631-421-9056

    Scott created a guitar for my former rythym guitar player that was absolutely amazing in every regard. If you speak with him, ask him about the guitar he made for Eric Weingrad out of Pittsburgh. When I have the money, he will create my bass. Check him out. And, if you need a source for the wood, I have a close friend in Potter County, Pa who provides top-end, perfectly cured, aged (in some cases) TIGER MAPLE and other varieties, who LOVES to assist musicians with wood choices for instruments.

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