Sunday, 27 January 2013
I'm gonna need a hacksaw (Guitar Part 1)
There's an article in the weekend papers by a motoring journalist along the lines of 'most cars are roughly the same' and it references a well-known make from which many variants are derived.
It then goes on to make a similar comment about most electric guitars, based upon a conversation with a well-known guitarist.
Now I don't know about either of the statements. It could be like saying all books are the same because they have pages and words in them.
Although, when I was fixing the electronic bit on my acoustic guitar some time ago, I was struck by the craftsman-like innards of the carpentry and thought that even if it had been inexpensively mass-produced, there was considerable sophistication to the construction.
Then I looked at a couple of electric guitars and noticed their relatively simple construction. I think one of them has a nickname as 'the plank' no doubt referencing the way it is put together.
So I've thought of a side-project for February. It's supposed to be FAWM "February is Album Writing Month". I'm not sure if I'll have a bash at that this time, I already have a surfeit of songs.
Instead, in a suitably ham-fisted way, I might have a crack at building a guitar. It's not that I need another one. I have more than my rather basic playing capability.
It just feels like one of those projects that needs to be done. I'm pretty sure I can handle the electronics. I know I can't build a fretboard, so I'll have to source that part. I'll also need to set myself a scarily meagre budget. And I won't be too worried if I have to pick up some of the parts along the way. Was it Carl Sagan that said if you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you first have to invent the universe?
First things first, what shape? I'm thinking expensive-looking Les Paul?
Then I have to decide whether to make it look like other guitars? - generic sunburst colours and so on?
Instead I'm looking at car paint colours. Would a metallic orange be too extreme?
In the words of Jack Bauer, "I'm gonna need a hacksaw."