I have the opportunity to build guitars from scratch and for this project really had a goal. I wanted to make a (telecaster) guitar that breathes Country Music. A black Tele thinline, but with a normal telecaster pickguard. The guitar Ronnie Dunn uses in Little Miss Honkytonk and Hillbilly deluxe was a big inspiration.
So I started working on it creating a body, creating a neck. I had a metal eagle lying around that I wanted sunk into the body. So I made it pretty difficult for myself. Also, I didn't want a dot inlay, cause the inspiration guitar has Long-horn Bulls on the frets. I did want a flame maple neck which was different from the inspiration (rosewood). The inspiration guitar has a small cut out of the pickguard in the left bottom. I didn't want that, so something else had to be done with the F hole.
As the creating went by, I decided to go with black sparkle color and call it the 'Muricaster. I also put a long horn Bull only in the 12th fret (keep it clean). Took the logo of Brooks and Dunn, altered it slightly, so the horns would not be attached to the bull head. In order to keep the pickguard unaltered, I stopped the f hole in line with the pickguard.
I'm very happy with the outcome. The neck is satin finished and smooth as silk. It sounds like the country music beast I wanted it to sound like.
I added one halfway picture, and two when nearly done, some minor details had to be finished (like that crooked string-tree...).
I haven't performed with this guitar yet, but I'm in the process of starting a country band (with a lot of self-written material) in the Netherlands and will definitely use this a lot.
The link is to one of my soundcloud songs where this guitar is the rhythm guitar when the drums kick in, in the bridge position with the middle knob all the way open. Love that sound!