A long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, well at least it has been a few years, I ran into a Teisco Spectrum 2 at my local guitar shop and loved it! The shop owner let me take the guitar home and measure it, trace it, etc. I didn’t buy it (which I still regret, but finances just weren’t in the right place), but I did hook back up with my friend who works in a cabinet shop to make one. This is the same guy who refinished my Teisco Del Rey. His buddy programs their cad machine and has been creating a cad design of the body. It hasn’t been a high priority for anyone (life and other guitars seem to have gotten in the way). But now it is a reality!
The first body slab is done and other than the neck pocket needing some tweaking (too shallow), we are ready to begin creating a guitar! The body has a maple center with cherry wood wings. I think we’ll go with a clear finish, tele controls, and two single coil pickups in the neck and bridge positions, plus locking tuners and a string through hipshot bridge. This is exciting stuff! Pictures coming soon!
A while back I mentioned getting an old Kustom practice amp out of the dumpster that just needed new jacks. I had one I could add for the input, but the headphone jack still needed to be replaced. But it worked for testing guitars on my work bench so I didn’t worry about it.
Well, now my daughter needs something to play her new guitar through. I took the little amp apart and removed the broken jack. Now I just have to get a new one, solder it in, and put it all back together.
My daughter loves her “new” guitar.
And she is already making it hers with a My Little Pony sticker between the pickups. I hope she keeps making it hers by personalizing it, playing it, and making music with it.
I got everything wired up and installed on my daughter’s guitar only to find it didn’t work when I strung it up with one string.
So I took it back apart and went over everything. I couldn’t figure it out. So off to the internets for a little research!
It turns out I had followed wiring instructions that used a foreign made replacement pickup selector. The three way toggle I used was a short switchcraft toggle. I had reversed the ground and output so I had a ground loop with no sound. As soon as I switched the ground and output lugs I put it back together, plugged it in, and got sweat music!
Next step is to string it up, check the neck bend, intonate, adjust string height, and adjust pickup height.