Baldacci custom build...just getting started

brentrocks

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Conner Baldacci and I first met a couple years ago when he was winding pickups...really good pickups!!!

We recently were chatting, as he has started building guitars as well and I was complimenting him on his recent builds. I told him that I would love to have one of his "Bighorn" models....more talking tuned into us putting together a custom build!

Conner and I put our heads together on a custom build for me. I made a few small changes from his standard configuration....the biggest was the placement of the controls. (I wanted the toggle on the upper horn and a 2 vol/2 tone configuration, like a LP)




This is a picture of his BIGHORN standard...

IMG_2242 by brent HENDERSON, on Flickr



So then he went on the hunt for the wood….he found this 40+ year old mahogany for the body and neck...this is the one piece body blank, before cutting.

IMG_2281 by brent HENDERSON, on Flickr



He offers custom inlay work as well. I am opting for his hollow dots on my guitar....here is a sample of those...

IMG_2241 by brent HENDERSON, on Flickr



I found a couple nice Brazilian rosewood boards here in Kalamazoo….these came from Gibson, they are from the 60s....I sent both of them to Conner for him to pick which one works best for the build.

59200117003__F54D2EB8-9AAC-4A38-9603-30BEAD24DC43 by brent HENDERSON, on Flickr



This is the burst I asked him to shoot on it...(or something pretty close)

IMG_2290 by brent HENDERSON, on Flickr



Conner sent me a couple pics today of the maple billet and the bookmatched rough-cut top before he glues it to the body....

IMG_2239 by brent HENDERSON, on Flickr
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IMG_2289 by brent HENDERSON, on Flickr



I will continue to post updates on the build...needles to say, I'm very excited!!!!
 

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The neck is set. Pickup holes are routed.



 

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She arrived today!!!

Conner did an incredible job on this build! Its everything I wanted...and more!

The neck is a beefy 50s carve. The satin finish on the back is fast and smooth. The Brazilian board looks and feels great. I left it up to Conner to pick the fretboard binding...he used curly maple and it looks fantastic...a very classy touch.

The old growth mahogany body looks incredible. I was a little apprehensive about having a satin finish on the back of the guitar, but I really like it.

The quilt top he picked out for me is absolutely amazing in person! And the burst, exactly what I was looking for!

Conner custom wound a set of Alnico II PAF clones for me....I already knew these pickups were going to sound great (he had previously made some for me) The guitar sounds incredible! Warm, rich tone! Great note definition!

I was so glad that he was able to place the controls in more of a classic LP configuration, like I wanted....his standard design has all the controls on the lower part of the body, like a Tele or a Strat.

The fretwork is great too. It sets up really well. A real joy to play! AND ITS ONLY 8.5 LBS!!!!! The case is really cool too.

I'm very pleased with this Bighorn! Conner Baldacci has a bright future ahead of him.

Thanks for all the kind words during the process of the build.

IMG_0879 by brent HENDERSON, on Flickr

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