I finally have something to document on this blog - a 'build it as cheaply as possible' guitar inspired by a neck I already had lying about waiting for a home. The neck came from a Fernandes "Zo-3" that I originally picked up from the junk corner of the local Hard-off store.
The body and many of the fittings (bridge, tuners, etc) have degraded somewhat, probably as a result of storage in humid conditions, but the neck seems surprisingly intact. Here's a photo of an intact ZO-3 (not mine):
When spoken, Zo-3 becomes "zou-san" and is Japanese for elephant. Perhaps you can see the resemblance in the design? (picture the guitar in playing position).
The following principles will apply:
- Use existing scrap, junk, parts, bits and bobs, etc that I have lying around the house
- Allow aesthetics to dictate the flow of project (more below)
- Learn something new - in this case that'll probably be winding my own pickups
- Have fun
My Yes/No of Aesthetics
Yes - the guitar should appear to be:
- Space junk mated with agricultural machinery
- Earth bound but beaming out to cosmos
- Transmitting the unknown
No - the guitar should not embody:
- Rock without any roll
(will probably add more to the above as the project progresses)
I sketched out a few shapes and used photoshop to get a full-size template:
Next step is to make a proper template out of ply or hardboard. This will be used for routing the body.