Standard Custom with a Brazilian Twist
The Brazilian rosewood peghead overlay is the first of some subtle (and some not so subtle) customizations to this Standard Custom. Here’s a close up of one of our luthiers bringing the mitered celluoid ivoroid binding to the Brazilian peghead face.
Do you notice something different about the inlaid mother of pearl logo? It’s been moved up to the tip of the peghead like early Standards. The difference is the use of mother of pearl for the logo rather than the paint transfer process that we employed in earlier years.
To insure ultimate flatness, we hand block the peghead. Using a block to sand the peghead results in superior flatness to a power sander.
Using a hand scraper, we flush cut the body binding to the top of the guitar.
Here we are hand fitting the fingerboard binding for a seamless transition to the peghead binding. The fingerboard binding extends above the fret bead and then is filed flush with the fingerboard, another meticulous detail that we attend to.
Here’s a shot of the binding after it’s been bonded to the fingerboard.
The neck heels on all Standards are hand carved into the body. Using a rasp to blend the body and neck into one results in a high level of playing comfort at the upper frets.
Here we are filling the pores of the wood with paste wood filler. After it is applied, we rub the filler cross grain into the pores of the wood. To insure that the wood pores are completely filled, we go through this entire filling process twice. We refer to this practice as “double filling”. We then let the filler dry for two days prior to bringing the guitar into the spraybooth.
This is a familiar site for Hamer afficianados: bonding the neck into the body cavity. Our neck tenons are massive, insuring unsurpased sound transmission between the neck and the body.
Because Hamer necks follow the taper of the fingerboard, they can only be fit into the body vertically, rather than slid into the neck route like so many other guitars. An added benefit for this overengineered stability is that the entire fingerboard is supported by the neck.
The customer requested “wide randlom flame” maple. He should be happy with this top. Notice the mother of pearl crown fingerboard inlays, another tip of our hat to Hamer’s past.
We use a simple “C” clamp to hold the neck and body together during the bonding process. Because our neck joints are so tight we don’t need anything elaborate. Sometimes the tried and true methods work the best.
Wait until you see the finish on this guitar. Unlike some of the other customizations, it’s not so subtle.