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Paul Buerk


  1. Archtop Guitar Luthiers
    March 8, 2012 @ 2:51 pm

    Interesting post! Experimentation is a big part of innovation, so keep at it.

  2. Donny
    March 21, 2012 @ 12:53 pm

    Too bad about that truss rod marking up the top like that. Maybe you should consider the Danelectro design, unajustable unfortunately, but those twin steel bars set into an oblong route was a really good idea. I had a 58 Danelectro neck on a strat body and it was pretty cool! It played a bit like an old Les Paul neck sort of wide and flat and was arrow straight. Have you ever heard of of Carlos Sandoval? He used to do mods on those necks.

  3. PaulBuerk
    March 21, 2012 @ 7:57 pm

    The damage to the top is something I can live with. The Target Coatings PSL that’s peeling off the neck is another thing. To be fair, they’ve discontinued that product and replaced it with others that are far more durable.

    This particular guitar “featured” other design choices that I’m not entirely pleased with. One is the use of brass nails as fretboard side position markers. They’re very easy to install and look awesome at first, but after time start to tarnish under the finish and become very difficult to see on a dimly lit stage. Not so good, and I have a bass that suffers from the same problem. The other is the cello tailpiece adjuster which has managed to break off three tail pins since completion. Other people love them; I do not. It’s getting replaced with a metal tailpiece in the very near future.

    If I had access to a really good CNC rig and could mill a fretboard with a proper relief in it, then I’d be OK with not having an adjustable truss rod. Classical builders and luthiers of traditional stringed instruments can do this by hand, so I suppose it’s something I could consider.

    I think you’re referring to Karl Sandoval, maker of lovely polka dotted V’s.

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