I’ve been wanting to build my own guitar as a project for a while now… at least since high school. So now, I finally had the time and resources to do it!
Keep in mind I haven’t soldered much outside of fixing my old Thinkpad Yoga laptop 2 years ago, so I had to find a ’72 Telecaster Thinline wiring diagram and solder it up. Here are the components:
-Fender Lonestar Deluxe Stratocaster neck (70s style, Maple, 22 frets, Modern C shape)
-Pots, Caps, Switches etc from Emerson
–Warmoth Body (Cherry Sunburst, Tremolo Bridge, ‘F’ hole, humbucker pickguard)
–Lollar Pickups Lollartron Neck model (4.4k)
–Lindy Fralin Twangmaster Bridge model (8600 turns)
I was really interested to see the combination of a Filtertron style pickup (the Lollartron) with a Wide Range Humbucker style pickup (the Fralin Twangmaster) to see what that combination would sound like. I don’t know of any production guitars that combines those two.
For reference, here is a list of all the different production pickups in order of increasing strength:
-Strat style single coil (used by Fender Stratocaster, Telecasters etc this the most common single coil design)
-Lipstick style pickups (used by Danelectro guitars and a few others)
-Charlie Christian pickups (used by Charlie Christian’s Gibson)
-Jazzmaster pickups (used by Fender Jazzmasters)
-DeArmond / Dynasonic (used by Gretsch guitars)
-Gibson P90 (used by Gibson guitars)
-Blade style / stacked single coils (usually noise cancelling single coil alternatives to humbuckers)
Humbuckers (dual coil hum-cancelling pickups)
-Filtertron (used by Gretsch guitars)
-Wide Range Humbuckers (used by the ’72 Fender Telecasters)
-Gibson PAF style (used on Gibson Les Pauls, SGs etc this is the most common style of humbucker)
Anyways thats alot of different styles but I chose to combine the unique Filtertron style with the Fender WRH style…
…And the results speak for themselves!
Oh, and I’m now finished porting my Java based stock simulator (such a hassle to download csv’s from the deprecated Google Finance API and install a JVM on the computer to run) to React/Node so now it has a complete graphical UI and fetches in real-time. Which is nice, but it still needs stock index fetching capability. Github repo link here check it out.
… and also had enough time to make a video about all my UMPC gadgets! yay!