designing and crafting tools for sonic expression
I've been playing guitar for most of my life and I have some specific ideas about the features I want in an electric instrument. Unable to find an off-the-shelf guitar to suit my specific needs (and desires), I decided to utilize my woodworking and design skills to create some unique instruments.
I had played Gibson and Fender brand guitars for many years and I loved the individual characteristics of each instrument. Yet the most attractive combination of features for my hands and ears would incorporate Fender's 25.5” scale length (for high-tension, snappy, chiming strings) with Gibson's maple-topped mahogany body. Add to this some coil-splitting humbucking pickups and a wrap-around tune-o-matic style bridge for a guitar that will cover about any musical situation called for. These ideas led me to designing and hand-crafting the Big Orange Solidbody in 1996.
The Big Orange Solidbody was everything I had conceived it to be and today it is still my main instrument of choice. Along the way I had a few ideas about some various woodworking techniques I wanted to try, including a specialized jig for creating a radiused top on a guitar. The Teleradius was the result.