The Carla Spider (Electric Resonator Guitar)

This is a really fun commission for an electric resonator guitar - it's a bit non-traditional in that the resonator cone loads from the rear instead of the front. I did this because of this really special piece of ash from the crotch of a truly humongous tree. I really didn't want to cover the amazing grain and figure with a coverplate so I designed a way to load the cone and spider bridge assembly from the rear.

the guitar body is an ash/walnut sandwich with a reversed walnut/maple sandwich for the neck. It uses a spider bridge resonating cone like the old Dobros. A very unique Americana sound.

I've asked my friend David Plummer once again for the neck magnetic pickup. He hand winds every pickup he makes for each guitar based on what I'm looking for in sound and dynamics.They sound truly fantastic! Another old friend Dave Enke from Pick up the World has done the acoustic pickup on the cone for me so that my customer can blend from a traditional acoustic sound to nasty electric with the twiddle of a knob.

Right now, she's waiting for the lacquer finish to cure for another couple weeks, and then we'll buff her finish out to a deep pond glow and do the final assembly. I've had a wonderful time on this build and can't wait for that magic moment when I first string her up to tune!

This one is sold, but I'd absolutely love to do another one of these.

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