Mike's Guitar Builds
My first guitar build was a telecaster body shape. Rossco Wright built the body, and offered much needed advice for the construction. I bet he helped set it up too, but I honestly don't remember. Rossco went on to create the very successful Soloette guitar, and continues to create innovative guitars.
The solid rosewood neck was from Warmoth, back when they were in the backyard of a house near Tacoma, WA, as I found out when I went searching for them. Also shown is Evan, one of Mike and Leslie’s successful person builds.
The second guitar build started with a piece of mahogany that I routed to be semi-hollow. The top is a thin piece of Finnish plywood that was painted black and bound with white binding. The neck was scavenged from the Telecaster, and cut a bit so it looked a little different from a Tele neck. This was a stereo guitar with a Joe Barden two/tone humbucker and a piezo in the bridge. I liked this guitar a lot and played the shit out of it.
The third guitar build was made with Warmoth parts. By this time (~2003) I had guitar preferences that could not be met with production guitars, at least none that I could afford. This guitar was built primarily to meet the needs of a 50's-60's band I was in for a number of years. It fit that need well, and some of the frets were pretty worn when I gave it to my nephews.
My fourth guitar build was a bit of an experiment, with a nylon string setup on top and steel strings on the bottom. Most of the parts are scavenged from previous builds, and the body was a Warmoth product. It was a fun experiment, and a real experience to play, but it was much too unwieldy for me, so I parted it out.
Ergy 1, my fifth guitar build was a real experiment, an ergonomic guitar made for holding the guitar in classical style. I built a number of cardboard models before I finally settled on this design. The ash for the body came from the Urban Lumber outfit that sells lumber from locally sourced downed trees through Habitat for Humanity's Restore.
The Emerald Ash Borer has killed a lot of trees in the Madison, Wisconsin, area, and Urban Lumber helps make use of them. This guitar has a piezo pickup in the bridge as well as two P-90 pickups for a stereo output. I gave this guitar to my son Evan. He claims that he likes it.
Ergy 2, my sixth build, is also an ergonomic guitar made for sitting in a classical position. This is the first guitar I made the neck for. It's a great neck, made from quarter sawn East Indian Rosewood, and because that wood is so oily, it doesn't require a finish coating on it. The body is solid mahogany, routed to be semi-hollow, and topped with unbound rosewood. The bridge string spread is 2-1/2", which since there are no production bridges that wide, I machined one out of brass. As with Ergy 1, this is a stereo output pickup setup. This is my go-to guitar these days, and I use it to play classical without fingernails on my right hand.
This is the amp case I built to use with Ergy2. It has a closed back, with an Eminence woofer and horn. The tube amp itself is the Retro Deluxe Plus made by Frenzel Tube Amps.