Congratulations to Rod Jaeger
from Jaeger Guitar
Werks on being our June Guitar of the
Month winner! Let's learn how he crafted this beautiful T-Style
"Thank you so much to Mohawk for featuring
Jaeger Guitar Werks first build on your series, Guitar
of the Month!
A little background on JGW first. We (my wife, Sherry,
and myself) are a small instrument repair shop in Stuarts Draft,
Virginia. Repairs and setups are our main focus, but I always
wanted to build a limited number of guitars, as time would allow.
One or two a year.
As a repair shop owner, I'm no stranger to
Behlen products. They are used on a daily basis around here. I
Naptha every day for cleaning fretboards, removing old
sticker glue from guitar bodies, and cleaning fretwire before
Eraser is also a must have in a repair shop. From melting in
spot repairs, to removing any blushing after steaming a neck for
removal. Behlen products are my choice.
The featured guitar is a scratch built T-style
guitar called the "Modern Heritage". I love Teles, so I wanted the
shop's first build to be the Tele I've always dreamed of. Also, I
wanted to show what can be achieved in a small, ultra-basic shop as
The guitar is a 2 piece Alder body with a 3A
bookmatched Quilted Maple top. The neck is 3A flame Maple. Hardware
is Fender and pickups are Joe Barden.
The finish process was really pretty simple.
Water based dyes were used for color. 3 or 4 coats of
Vinyl Sealer were applied to the body and
headstock face. (The rest of the neck is Tung oiled)
After a light sanding, 12 coats of
Stringed Instrument Lacquer were applied
with the HVLP gun. No booth was used. I shot it hanging right in
the middle of my shop. The lacquer dries fast enough that
contaminants aren't an issue if some care is used.
I let the guitar cure for a month before
handling. I masked the top off and Micro mesh sanded the back and
sides to a satin finish. The top also was wet sanded with micro
mesh and then buffed.
Surface prep is really key for a great finish.
If that is done correctly, then finishing is pretty easy and
As of now, I'm starting on build #3. The
"Katana"; my own soloist design.
Please visit our Facebook
Page for more info on what's going on at the shop and info
on the Modern Heritage and my new Katana model."
We want to thank Rod for sharing his story with us. If
you have any questions about the guitar, our products, or anything
touch up related, feel free to reach out. You can share your
thoughts with us on Facebook,
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Stay tuned for the next blog post - there's something
new every Friday!