Ranger #3 was a side project that I had over the summer and have
just finished up. This guitar is not intended to be a relic, but
rather a rustically themed guitar. This is not intended to be a
vintage looking guitar so much as a piece of folk art.
The body is made from old growth fir that was harvested in the later
1800’s. The 2x12 fir boards were salvage from a local hardware store
built in the 1890’s where they had been used as floor joists for
well over a hundred years. This piece of fir was not suitable for
a hollow body instrument, but for a solid body it is excellent.
It displays tons of character and is truly one of a kind. This old
wood resonates like you would not believe, giving this guitar a
good amount of acoustic volume despite the fact that it is solid
The neck is made from curly sugar maple and is colored with a nitric
acid stain using a technique common to the old Kentucky long rifles
of a bygone era. The fretboard is east Indian rosewood and has small
pearl inlays to mark the frets without drawing to much attention
The pickguard is inspired by the tooling found on western saddles
and bowie knife sheaths. It is all tooled by hand in an oak and
acorn style pattern, and finished in a mahogany antique polish and
kneats foot oil.
The hardware is inspired by some of the great old fire arms I have
grown up around and love. In a time when independent gunsmiths who
took great pride in their work were still producing rifles were
a work of art. Master engravers spent countless hours detailing
the look and action with fine filigree elaborate hunting scenes.
I wanted to bring some of that feel to this guitar. the hardware
is all copper plated rather than chrome or nickel, and much of it
displays subtle ornamentation. The engraving is not over the top,
but it does contain great detail. Each piece of hardware was then
finished in gun blueing oil to finish the look. While over all the
hardware appears dark, there is still a glint of the copper that
shows through and it really gives the guitar a unique look with
a lot of depth.
All this together really gives the instruments a look that is very
unique, and definitely not a “relic”. I hope you enjoy it as much
as I do.
Body: old growth fir
Neck: curly rock maple
Carve: Thick C carve- one inch at first fret
Width: 1 11/16
Fretboard: East Indian Rosewood
Fretwire: vintage jumbo
Inlays: small dots
Tuners: gun blued Grovers
Bridge: Engraved and gun blued
Electronics plate/knobs: engraved and gun blued
pickguard: hand tooled leather
Pickups: Lindy Fralin 5% over wound.
Electronics: Bourne pots, 1 tone 1 volume
Switching: five-way super switch
2.neck and bridge series
3. neck and bridge parallel
4. neck and bridge series/ out of phase
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