The Guitar Attack Tribute Guitar!

From our great friend, Eddie Wellman.

I have got to say before anything else, this build was a lot of fun to do. I would also like to say a big thanks to everyone on GuitarAttack that made the build possible.

This build started out as some of the people sending me parts with a challenge to make a guitar out of the parts they sent me. But let me back up a little, I had built my last guitar and was out of parts and thought I would not be able to build any more guitars till I got back to work.

So John Rollins (kcjewel as known on the GuitarAttack Forum) put the word out on the forum, and he thought it would cool to send me parts to do a build. I was surprised of the out ome and all the parts I received for this build. But anyway that is how it got started. I thought since all the people sending me parts, it would be a good idea to build and dedicate the guitar to Guitar Attack. So I emailed John Williams of GuitarAttack and asked him if I could put the name GuitarAttack on the guitar and he told me he thought that would be great!

So that is how this build got started.

The design of the guitar came about as a challenge from one of the members on the GuitarAttack forum, we all know him as Donovan. He wanted me to design a guitar that would fuse a Gibson and a Fender guitar together. At first I thought “what is he thinking?” but after pondering in my head I thought, "why not?" So here is the first of the drawings I did.

Well, no one like the horns on this one so it was back to the drawing board, then I came up with the second design.  This is the design I went with, it is a Les Paul and a Fender Mustang hybrid. The lines are classic and easy on the eye.

Then came the next challenge and that was the head stock. I thought hummmm… what the heck am I going to do for that? So after a few drawings I came up with the headstock profile.  Then I ended up redrawing it on the head stock.  This is the design I went with.

Well, one of the first things I got was the neck, from John Williams.  I drew the outline of the head stock free hand, I was not sure if I liked it or not so I posted a picture of it on the forum and the people seemed to like it so I went with it. I am glad I did. It came out pretty good. It is one-of-a-kind and unless someone copies it you may never see another one. I designed this just for this guitar. I may never use the design again for another build because I want to keep just for this one.

Here is where I cut the neck head stock and I had to drill out the tuner hole so I could use the larger tuners. I used my band saw to cut the shape of the head stock then used files and sand paper to make things look good. Here is a shot of what it looks like now.

But back to the build; I can’t tell you all how excited I was to do this build. I had started to get some of the parts and the more parts I got the more excited I got.

These are some of the parts I got first off. Pretty cool stuff! (Note:  Pink Slinkys! Ed.)

Well, the build was getting interesting, at first I didn’t know what I was going to do for a body for this build. I had a neck blank I made up for another build I was going to do but was willing to use it for this build, but John Williams told me “hang on to that neck blank that he had one he was going to send me” So he did. What a great neck too!

So after I had the neck I still had no wood for the body and KC went on eBay and found this 3 piece alder for around 20 dollars!

I can’t tell you how glad I was to have the wood for the body. Now that I had the wood I wanted to get to work on carving it out so I had already made a template for this body design so I drew it onto the blank and started the carving.




This shows the pattern, the template, and the ruff cut of the body. I used my band saw to ruff cut the body in.

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