The Signature Guitar "Christian"

On this site I describe the construction of a massive electric guitar. The following features stand out:

  • Own design of the body shape
  • Top AAA maple top
  • One-piece piece of wood as mahogany body
  • fingerboard inlays in "swallow" design
  • black varnish, high gloss
  • Natural Binding (wood grain appears without staining)
  • Humbucker neck position Seymour Duncon PAF '59
  • Humbucker bridge position "Gibson 500"
  • Active Piezo Bridge GraphTech with Mike Christian Preamp

No exaggeration: the guitar has sustain without end! It is designed for an aggressive heavy sound with a lot of bang. And it delivers it!

The classic toggle switch circuit has three positions: Neck - neck+bridge - bridge. With a mini switch you can choose between normal magnetic pickups in passive mode and the highest quality acoustic sound.

To ensure that the acoustic sound can also be properly amplified, the jack socket is designed in stereo. This way the normal guitar amplifier can be used for nice distortion sounds and the PA can be supplied with the acoustic signal.

PS: If you plug a piezo bridge into a guitar amp, too many highs come in and it sounds very metallic.

The Body

My method of building guitars is quite often the same in the early stages: I do the design on a scale of 1:1, draw with the appropriate templates for milling and then make them. For the body I need the following templates:

Making the neck

The neck blank was cut from a beautiful one-piece piece of maple with narrow, laying annual rings. The outer form was marked and worked out with a template. The headstock and also the fingerboard side is finished in the thickness, but the back of the neck remains angular for now. This makes the following work easier.

The Preparation of the Fretboard Inlays - "Birds"

I'm already going a bit deeper with the description below - more about this can be found in the other projects


To achieve the most ergonomic arrangement of the knobs and pots, I drew them, cut out the printout with scissors and put it on the appropriate place.

Finishing of "Signature Model Christian"

Since I already have several descriptions about varnishing guitars on my site, I won't go into detail about the preparation and execution here.

But if you want to know more please check here

The Finished Instrument

After a good 4 weeks drying time for the paint, the polishing began. What can I say - I was thrilled! Such depth of grain! The look of Natural Binding and black back is perfect.