July Guitar of the Month
July 20, 2018
Congratulations to Samuel "Lee" Blackwell on being our July
Guitar of the Month winner!
This build shows that good things happen if you just allow
yourself to be creative and roll with it. Custom guitars don't have
to be traditional and can be trial and error, especially if you're
just getting started in the guitar finishing industry. For Lee,
this was an opportunity to see how well his artistic talents could
translate to specializing his luthier skills with carving.
"This is my first carving ever. It started out by me wanting to
see what I can do. My buddy left this Ibanez guitar at my house
that he bought at a yard sale. I asked him if I could try and
practice some wood carving on it. Him knowing my artistic abilities
he had faith and said yes."
Lee was given the go ahead from his friend and started to
brainstorm design ideas. After coming up with a blueprint of what
illustration he wanted to carve out, he started the carving process
with a chisel and hammer.
"First step started with a roughed out sketch with a chisel and
hammer. That proved to be too difficult so I moved on to a Dremel
tool. After the sanding I put layers upon layers of magic marker
To put his own personal touch to the build, he decides to hand
letter the back of the guitar neck with different emotions and
feelings, both being positive and negative.
Thank you, Lee Blackwell for teaching us that sometimes you have
to take the jump into new methods to test out your
skills. What's next on his to-do list? Lee's going to tackle
an electric violin for his brother, which we can't wait to see.
He also plans to try out our
Ultra Mark stain markers on his next build after seeing
this build by Brad Angove.
Looking to start building your own guitar? Test out our
Behlen Guitar Finishing Kit, which provides you with
professional quality finish without the need for spray equipment or
years of experience.