Here is the newest member of the GuitarAttack Family, the bolt-on GS.  Check out the building notes and photos of the process below.


This is the front of the body with holes drilled and the finish applied.  The round over is 1/4".  The clear finish is Stew-Mac ColorTone Water based lacquer.  The black in the pickup cavities is Stew-Mac shielding paint.  The pickup cavities are routed to mount the pickups directly to the pickup rings or screws!  We can debate the impact on tone from "direct coupling", but we'll hold off judgment on that one.


  A photo of the back of the body.  The neck attachment screws have been drilled -- holding the finishing stick -- and the ferrules have been installed.  The control cavity is also finished in shielding paint.  The cavity is made purposely large to allow for more controls and a preamp, if required.  The ferrules are always a challenge!  Practice on scrap and use a drill press!


A photo of the finished guitar showing the position of the bridge and the pickups.  I like not using pickup rings because it allows me to move the neck pickup closer to the neck.  In this case, the harmonic for the high "E" is directly over the screw slug on the Dimarzio PAF.  The rear pickup -- a Dimarzio Super Distortion -- is in a great position to avoid the "pick".  The bridge is positioned in the middle of the saddle adjustment range.



Here is a photo of the rhythm pickup and neck joint.  The neck is an eBay special (by Mighty Mite, I believe), and it required some incredible fret work to get it playing correctly.  Nearly everything above the 12th fret was dead when I initially strung it up.  The lesson is that the cheap neck may not be cheap by the time you get it working.

By the way -- this alder turned out to be really beautiful!  I wish I had finished it with nitro lacquer!


A full photo of the guitar's front.  I'm still scratching my head over the ColorTone lacquer!  Overall, the symmetry of the guitar is good, and it really is comfortable to play.


  A full photo of the guitar's back.  Again, the control cavity looks really big, but it is meant to accommodate extra controls and preamps in the future.  More to follow on this.
We hope you like the GS, and keep checking back for more information on this guitar!

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