David’s 6120 BYO

David had decided exactly what he wanted to build and how he wanted it to look- rather much like this Gretsch Setzer Hotrod, complete with Hotrod Filter’trons and Gretsch Bigsby…

… and we started the project by selecting the piece of maple…

…for making the laminated maple neck…

David chose an ebony fretboard and cut the fret slots…

Next- the headstock and binding channels…

Fitting the binding…

Binding to the fretboard and radiusing…

Position markers…

…and then cutting the neck tenon.

The laminated top and back…

…and the sides.

Fitting the linings…

…and levelling for the top and back.

The top glued on…

Tone bars made and fitted and the f holes cut…

The back glued on, trimmed and the binding ledges cut…

Cutting the back strip channel and installing the binding…

The binding is levelled and we marked out for the neck/ body mortise…

…and the neck is test fitted.

Starting to look like a proper Gretsch…

Shaping the neck…

…and checking how it feels in the guitar.

Next- the fretboard…

…is fretted, test fitted and then glued on.

Gilbo keeps close watch on the process…

When the glue has dried, the fret ends are filed flush and bevelled and the frets levelled and shaped…

The guitar is sanded and fine sanded and then I spray sanding sealer, which David rubbed back, and then the color coats…

While we’re doing the clear coats, the all-important logo is put on the headstock…

David rubbed back the final coat and then buffed the finish to a high, professional gloss, just like the real Gretsches have…

…and it was time to do a “mock” assembly, just to see how it was going to look.

Next week, the nut slots are cut and the circuitry is installed…

…the pickups are installed and the guitar strung for the first time and the first tentative chord is strummed.

As we reasonably expected, a couple of adjustments were necessary and then for a proper tryout of David’s “gretsch”…And the outcome?

Here’s what David has to say about the creation of the “Shorten Hot Rod” experience…