Style: Locavore - Superstrat Style
Body: 1 piece Spalted Big Leaf Maple
Neck: 5 Piece Laminate Douglas Fir
Fretboard: Birdseye Maple
Inlays: Blue Epoxy Inlays
Tuners: Graph Tech Ratio Locking 3x3
Bridge: Graph Tech NW1 Wraparound
Nut: Unbleached Bone
Neck Joint: Bolt on (Chrome Individual Ferules)
Frets: Stainless Steel Med/Jumbo 24
Fretboard Radius: 12"
Pickup(s):Evans 15k high output passive
Controls: 1 Vol
Output: Switchcraft 1/4” mono (Black)
Strap Pins: Standard (chrome)
Finish: Epoxy Resin/UV resin
This guitar was built as part of a contest put forward by the European Guitar Builder's Local Wood Challenge for the 2018 Vancouver International Guitar Festival. The challenge proposed to build a guitar using woods that were native to one's region as a means to draw awareness to the modern global timber trade and its sustainability. By using woods locally available, the LWC sought to break away from traditional exotic timber consumption and find new alternate sources for tonewoods.
For the challenge I decided that I would experiment with some woods and products I would not otherwise have used. For the body, I chose a piece of spalted big leaf maple that my father and I cut down in 2015 near his cabin on Quadra Island. The burl was nearly rotten but after 3 years of drying and a lot of epoxy, I was able to stabilize the punky wood to be worked into a small bodied superstrat. I also filled many of the large voids and inclusions with blue tinted epoxy to mimic a "river" or "inlet" which are both iconic facets of the West Coast identity. For the neck, I ripped 5 pieces of douglas fir left over from our home renovation and made a multi-laminate neck which I then died black to experiment with some "distressing" techniques. The fretboard is birdseye maple which is always beautiful and the backplate is made of dogwood - BC's provincial tree.
I chose to use Graph Tech, a Delta based hardware company, for the bridge and tuners and I sought out an Evans pickup which was wound by a local Victoria legend who did work for Jeff Healey and a number of other artists.
This particular guitar is truly a one of a kind and there is really no way for me to mimic this guitar on any production scale. However, I can offer the "locavore" model where I take whatever local woods I find and bring them together to make a unique creation suitable to your playing style or for purely artistic merit.
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