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Semi-Hollow Rhoney Starblaster

d-rock
July 13th, 2010, 09:47 AM
A while ago I started chatting with Paul Rhoney, a luthier from Portland, about building me a custom Starblaster. This is Paul's design refinement of the famed Fender Starcaster without the 70's cheese. The idea was to have him build me the semi-hollow body and neck with some specific/custom features and then ship it to me to finish and piece together. The guitar is kind of a culmination of everything I love about my other electrics: Semi-hollow body, 25.5" scale, cut Tele 3-barrel bridge, comfort of an offset body ala Jazzmaster.

Specs include:
2-piece Alder thinline body
Slip-matched Hard Rock Maple top with binding
Comfy thick Maple neck with Indian Rosewood fretboard and MOP markers

I took over the project and:
Finished the guitar and neck with Tru-oil.
Used G.E. Smith-style Wilkinson 3-barrel bridge & GFS Vintage Split HBs

I'll post some progress pics, but for now, here's the finished product.

http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h264/d-rock_album/starblaster/DC_SideFull.jpg
http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h264/d-rock_album/starblaster/DC_SideBack.jpg
http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h264/d-rock_album/starblaster/DC_FullLogo.jpg
http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h264/d-rock_album/starblaster/DC_Money.jpg

d-rock
July 13th, 2010, 09:48 AM
Paul's progress pics:
http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h264/d-rock_album/starblaster/DCBodyBlank.jpg
http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h264/d-rock_album/starblaster/DCFlushTrim.jpg
http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h264/d-rock_album/starblaster/DCHogging.jpg
http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h264/d-rock_album/starblaster/DCFullRoute.jpg

d-rock
July 13th, 2010, 09:49 AM
http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h264/d-rock_album/starblaster/DCTopCut.jpg
http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h264/d-rock_album/starblaster/DCGlueBinding.jpg
http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h264/d-rock_album/starblaster/DCMockup01.jpg
http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h264/d-rock_album/starblaster/DCMockup02.jpg

d-rock
July 13th, 2010, 10:00 AM
Here's the Tru-oil and finishing pics:
http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h264/d-rock_album/starblaster/DC_BodyTru3.jpg
http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h264/d-rock_album/starblaster/DC_Tru4.jpg
http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h264/d-rock_album/starblaster/DC_BodyJack.jpg
http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h264/d-rock_album/starblaster/DC_BodyBass-1.jpg
http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h264/d-rock_album/starblaster/DC_BodyEnd.jpg
http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h264/d-rock_album/starblaster/DC_Head.jpg
http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h264/d-rock_album/starblaster/DC_HeadBack.jpg

d-rock
July 13th, 2010, 10:02 AM
Sorry for the pic bomb but I'm so excited to have it finished. The thing plays like a dream and is the most resonant guitar I've ever picked up. It just rings acoustically. Let me know what you all think.

oramac7891
July 13th, 2010, 10:07 AM
Nice- congratulations

motwang
July 13th, 2010, 10:18 AM
Sorry for the pic bomb but I'm so excited to have it finished. The thing plays like a dream and is the most resonant guitar I've ever picked up. It just rings acoustically. Let me know what you all think.

SORRY? Don't be, we are all jealous of course, but don't be sorry. Thank you for sharing this beauty!! Maybe you can send us some little melody to let us hear her sing??? I bet she sounds awsome.

hockeygoon
July 13th, 2010, 10:23 AM
That is a beautiful guitar, thanks for sharing. I love natural finish guitars where you can see the beauty of the wood.

d-rock
July 13th, 2010, 10:24 AM
Thanks. The last thing I need to do is make a video. Hopefully soon when my wife and daughter go out so I can crank :mrgreen:

Stubarber
July 13th, 2010, 11:09 AM
I love the way it looks, and I'll bet it sounds sweet, too.
It'd be one I would pick up 1st from a wall of guitars.

BigDaddyLH
July 13th, 2010, 11:22 AM
Durn that's sweet. I like the clean take on the Starcaster. Are the pickups anything special or just recent Fender WRHBs?

d-rock
July 13th, 2010, 11:37 AM
Durn that's sweet. I like the clean take on the Starcaster. Are the pickups anything special or just recent Fender WRHBs?

The pickups are the GFS take on the Fender WRHB. These are a bit brighter than regular HBs you'd find in Les Pauls or the like. The guitar seems to be very versatile. The brighter pickups coupled with the body construction and scale length make it clearer than a 335 with more chime.

middy
July 13th, 2010, 12:17 PM
Stunning, gorgeous, and about three more hyperbolic superlatives!

deaconque
July 14th, 2010, 12:32 AM
That's a beautiful guitar