the Making of the guitar from start to finish:

The Outlaw: 

This guitar was a fun one to build and came with its own unique set of challenges (that’s what makes it fun). Like many others, this guitar first came to life on a scrap sheet of paper during math class. I remember seeing the “Tiger”, the guitar played by Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead, for the first time and falling in love with the design. It was like nothing I had ever seen before and the image of it stuck with me for quite some time. A year or so later this design emerged. I wanted to borrow some of the cues from Garcia’s guitar and make them my own. I tried to keep it very edgy, aggressive, and indisputably rock, but give it a little more class. This guitar plays wonderfully, and the neck through gives it extremely long sustain (it will out ring a Les Paul any day of the week). With pickups as aggressive as the body, this thing really rocks.

Body type: Neck through
Wings: Sugar maple
Cap: Redwood burl
Neck: 3 piece laminate of curly maple and cherry
Headstock veneer: Redwood burl
Fretboard: Maple with black binding 22 fret
Fretboard radius: Compound 10-16 inches
Scale length: 24 inches
Truss rod: Two way adjustable
Inlay: MOP block on fretboard, MOP dots for side markers
Logo: silver wire inlay
Purfling: Silver wire inlay (body neck and headstock)
Bridge: Hipshot hardtail
Tuners: Grover Rotomatic 14:1
Pickups: EMG 81 & 85
Electronics: 2 tone, 2 volume, 3-way switch
Finish: Nitrocellulose lacquer over Danish oil.

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