The second edition of our much anticipated Guitar of the
Month is finally here. We have seen an explosion of
submissions and stories about your guitars over the past month, and
we want to thank all of you for sharing your projects with us.
We have another tribute planned for all of the guitars
submitted in the past few months, so keep your eyes peeled on our
Facebook page in the coming weeks!
This month's Guitar of the Month comes from Nick Townsend, and
this is his story.
"It was 1985, I had been playing guitar for a number of years
and Dire Straits released Brothers in Arms, one of the best-selling
albums of all time. On the CD cover was a strange, but
wonderful looking chrome guitar and from that moment I was hooked.
The look was fascinating but for me it was the sound, which
in the proper hands was something haunting, soulful, and bluesy.
Look up Chris Whitley, and it's quite evident.
Fast forward more than 30 years, I have been building custom
guitars for a couple of years and had a desire to build something
different from the usual single cut, or bolt on neck style electric
guitars I had been creating. The ideas was to get away from the
well-established templates and design and build something with a
little more of a personality.
It wasn't long before I decided on the Tricone. I searched
for quite some time for plans with very little luck. Not be
deterred, I grabbed a pencil, a ruler, and a compass and made my
own. So not only was this build going to be from my own hand drawn
plans, it would be resophonic and my first acoustic....no
I dived in with both feet and picked a particularly nice piece
of quilted maple from the top and quilted Sapele for the sides and
the back. The neck is Sapele with a Koa fret-board - Koa was
also used for the tailpiece and for binding the body and head
stock. It was a true challenge as so many of the build steps
were new to me, such as creating the body mold, bending wood on my
shop built bender (not as easy as it looks, and it did cost me 2
sets of sides!), designing and building the sound well and lots of
intricate cutting and shaping on the cover plate and tailpiece.
But this was without a doubt my satisfying build to date.
All that time and effort on the construction would have been a
waste if not finished correctly. Behlen Vinyl Sealer provided a great foundation
for the Amber Tinted Behlen Stringed Instrument Lacquer to get the
perfect color, which I topped with 3 coats of straight clear before
I let the guitar sit for 5 or 6 days.
Then the whole guitar was lightly sanded/scuffed, and I applied
an additional 4 coats of stringed instrument lacquer. It was then
time to step away and allow the paint adequate time to fully cure.
Lastly, it was time for careful sanding and a final buff and
polish to achieve a finish that I am extremely happy with.
What's next? A second tricone is already in the works, plus I am
in the process of drawing up plans for a single cone "style-o"
variant. Looking forward to another great build!"
Tip - Removing Runs or Drips in Clear Coat
"I don't care if you have been painting for 2 weeks or 2
decades, runs, sags and drips happen! But it's something that
can be fixed quickly and easily. Most automotive paint
suppliers carry small paint nibs or run files. Essentially,
they are small file glued onto a small block of wood. Let the
paint dry, push your fingernail into the drip and if it doesn't
leave a mark, it's dry. Do it before it's dry and you can
"tear" the paint and that's a bigger problem! Apply light
pressure with the file and move across the drip or sag (the file is
directional, you can tell if you are going the right way when you
feel the file "bite"). The raised portion will change color
as the file removes the excess paint; continue until the problem
area is close to level, then it's time to scuff and
We want to thank Nick for sharing his story with us. If
you have any questions about the guitar, our products, or anything
touch up related, feel free to share your thoughts with us on our
Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram! Stay tuned for our post next
Friday - it should be a fun one!
Update: Nick T. has recorded himself playing a short 20
second video - click to hear how it sounds.