Our August Guitar of The Month winner is Tim Martinez! Let's dig
into how he made this unique double neck.
"I've always wanted a double neck. I decided I should treat
myself for my 50th birthday to the most ideal and beautiful one.
This is it.
With lots of research on the variety of tones I wanted, I chose
my preferred 25 1/2" scale length and wider than normal
fingerboards to mimic my nylon string guitbox. The book matched
cocobolo fingerboards are inlaid with my full name forward and
backwards. A stunt I began doing at 8 years old.
The necks and body are made of 1/4rd wenge. The necks are on
different planes, the 6 string is back a little further for
playability. I sighted the angle difference so the fingerboard side
markers are completely visible and playing both necks have no
interference with each other
The body is capped with a 1/4" thick tight grained piece of
redwood, bound with abalone veneer and a single piece of amboyna
burl veneer covers the redwood cap. The body is hollowed out for
weight loss and resonance.
There are no pickup rings. The pickups are mounted from the top
and the mounting screws come through the back. I like to inlay my
strap lock buttons flush into the bodies of my solid bodies. The
pickups have a very low placement into the body. I modified most of
the mounting tabs, and used foam instead of height springs. I also
used height adjustment screws from the back of the instrument.
I wanted as much natural beauty to be seen as
I chose Lace Alumitones for the neck and bridge positions on the
12 string. Same positions for the 6 string, I used the same DiMarzio's Joe Satriani uses currently.
Gotoh no longer makes this electric 12 string
bridge with 12 individual bridge saddles. It's a snake wood knobs
Telling a family member about my guitar I was planning, I told
him I wanted Gretsch pickups in the middle position of each
neck. He told me Jimmy gave him these pickups. He got them
Messina from his days with Buffalo Springfield. Their sound is extremely
I sprayed the whole instrument with Behlen Stringed Instrument Lacquer. Former
neighbor and luthier Ric McCurdy taught me about Behlen Stringed
Instrument Lacquer. I've been making instruments for about 40
years, and learned using lacquer about 25 years ago with Mohawk specifically. Hands down, the absolute
best lacquer on the market for stringed instruments.
I used Behlen's Vinyl Sealer in spray can form, and
then built up a gorgeous coat of Mohawk Instrument Lacquer. I wet
sanded it to level it. The amboyna burl top and wenge body and
necks required a considerable amount to fill the grain. Then I
shot more until I was happy with the coverage.
After about a week of letting the coating cure sufficiently, I
wet sanded where necessary to 1500 grit paper then used McGuire's
automotive polish and glaze to bring up a lovely, wet looking
My double neck has a HUGE variety of tones and plays very
similarly to my nylon string. It's a great source for great
Thanks for sharing this with us Tim! If you have any questions
about the guitar, our products, or anything touch up related, feel
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