Sales of Stringed
- Stage worthy
Are available through
Sixteen on left and Nineteen right
Number designates the fret number at the end of the body
Sunrise Series and Duoflo Specs: Much
of my construction technique is adaptable to using different materials
and some things are customizable like neck shapes, body thickness,
pickups and appointments. Laminated guitars, by their nature though, are fixed in terms of shape. For this series I cannot alter the bout width, body shape or arching.
Laminated maple top back and sides: I
use maple veneer that is specially sliced in a mill in upper Michigan.
The laminates are designed, once layed up, to give the proper
resonance, stiffness and strength for a guitar that is truely
stageworthy. I press all my plates here in house.
Maple Center block: I hand select "soft maple" (acer rubrum) for it's strength to weight ratio, damping characteristics and sound speed ability.
Mahogany inner parts: I use mahogany that is "pattern grade" for interior blocks and kerfed linings.
Neck: I make my necks
from Old growth "pattern grade" one piece mahogany. Typically a neck
spec's is 0.9 1st, 1.0 12th. 1.71 nut. Players love my necks!
Fingerboard: Choice of Rosewoods, either Pre-Cites,
legal, Madagasgar or Brazilian rosewood. I roll the edges of the
fingerboard to give a smooth, warn-in feel. The fingerboard radius is
12 inch with matching nut and bridge.
inlays of cellulose nitrate in dots or McKay designed Racing track
blocks. Peghead shield and McKay Logo of Mother of pearl or Abalone.
Bindings: Ivory colored ABS top and back and fingerboard. Choice of unbound fingerboard.
Pehead: Holly veneer overlay.
Frets: StewMac wide high #154. This wire is high quality and measures 0.1 wide and 0.5 high.
use different glues for different parts of the guitar. Plates are
laminated with "radio-glue" or UF as it is known. Linings are glued
with high grade white glue which dries hard, fingerboard and neck
joints are glued with hot hide glue. binding with Duco cement (acetone
Contour brace: The brace
between the laminated plate underside and the centerblock is filled
with a specially shaped brace called a contour brace. For this I
believe it is important to use high quality, straight grained spruce.
Pickguard: 5-ply plastic with wide white line and wide bevel. Custom shaped to look "right" on each model.
plated hardware is standard on Sunrise guitars, Gold plated no the
Duoflo. Kluson tuners, lightweight aluminum stop tailpiece with long
studs and steel bushings, ABR1 bridge, and standard is my proprietary
aging process that imparts a naturally aged patina.
lacquer sanding sealer is sprayed over oil based pore filler on the
mahogany neck and on the bare wood on the rest of the guitar. This is
sanded flat for a perfect substrate to be tinted, bursted, cherried or
left blonde. Then an aging toner is evenly sprayed or oversprayed to
emphasize the normal wear patterns. Finally a few coats of pure
nitrocellulose lacquer is sprayed, rubbed out and buffed. My finish
looks aged but never is it distressed. This is my "stylized" way of
finishing a guitar that looks old but smells, feels and protects like
Label: My lebel is inserted through the F hole with my hadwritten signature.
Case: Each guitar is placed in a plwood shell case and well packed for shipping.
These guitars are made to have a loud "couch" resonance but of course
are electric guitars. I believe the electronics "hear" the guitar and
the guitar responds to the electronics. There is a feedback "loop" and
everything matters. Too much resonance in certain frequencies can cause
a guitar to sound boxy or cheap and when amplified can cause excessive
feedback. Too little and it can sound too "high-fi" or stiff. I chose
pickus that are un-potted to give the player the ability to have that
beautiful microphonic resonance available. The semi-hollow design
takes advantage of the control of the musical spectrum.A bright guitar
can always be "toned" down by dialing down the tone but a dull one can
not be made brighter. I strive for a nice midrange hump supported by
full "airy" lower resonance and a crisp high end. I offer a range of
pickups but recommend Seymour Duncan Antiquity PAF style humbuckers or
Throbak (made in Michigan) PAF. If you have a preference though I have
used almost all of the boutique winders. I use Orange drop caps, CTS
550K Pots match to within 5% and Switchcraft swith and plug. The
harness is handwired by my friend and engineer, Jim Barley.
See how I built the Sunrise 16 _ thread on "the Gear
Available in these choice of nitrocellulos lacquer finishes. (and custom colors)
Thanks Angelo for showing her off!
Cliff at Destroy All Guitars