I’m pleased to announce that Ashley Kingman Model #2 is underway! It was ordered by Bruce “Rooster” Lipski who lives in Virginia and is a bonafide vintage guitar devotee and tone aficionado. Here’s some photos of his guitar body in progress.
Ashley is playing through a Tweed Deluxe clone with a 15″ speaker. Amp cabinet hand-built by Ashley. Strings are D’Addario flatwounds.
It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted anything on my blog, so I think it’s time I let everyone know what I’ve been up to for the past year and a half.
Soon after completing Ashley’s guitar, I got a full-time job at Santa Cruz Guitar Company. I work in their set-up department and my specific job is “gluing up” the guitars. What that means is that I attach the necks and bridges to the bodies. It involves checking the final neck angle and fine tuning the dovetail neck joint. Once the fit is perfect, I “glue it up” and it’s one step closer to being a completed guitar.
SCGC makes world-class acoustic guitars and so far I’ve had the privilege to work on some really amazing instruments. Here’s a photo of me at my bench.
I delivered the guitar to Ashley on August 3rd. He was in town for a show, so I got to witness him playing it live for the very first time. Talk about a satisfying moment—it was great to see how excited and happy he was to finally get the guitar!
Here’s a couple of photos of him playing it that night. Cheers.
Photos by Justin McIvor
- Body: Chambered birdseye maple
- Body Size: 14″ wide, 2″ deep
- Neck: Birdseye maple
- Fretboard: Rosewood, 12″ radius
- Number of Frets: 20 medium-jumbo
- Scale Length: 25″
- Width at Nut: 1-11/16″
- Pickups: 2 custom Munnerlyn single-coil pickups
- Pickup Switching: 3-position toggle switch
- Controls: Volume, Tone
- Bridge: Compensated aluminum bridge
- Tailpiece: Bigsby® B5 vibrato tailpiece
- Finish: Hand-rubbed varnish
Photography by Justin McIvor
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