This guitar was done for
Minarik Guitars for thier
brand new model the Halo yet to be anounced. The model is so new, I cannot show
you the body until the guitar is officially released at the Winter NAMM
My hands were a little tried up on this
project as far as the design. When I received the guitar, the fretboard already
had inlay on the fretboard. The inlay on the neck showed at passive view of a
fairy and a unicorn. I was asked to make something that fit the theme of the
fretboard but would also be a little more on the bitey side. This was quite a
challenge, but after some thought I came up with a Griffen fighting a Pegasys.
This was still in the range of the fantasy creatures on the fretboard, but a
bit more my style.
The next step was to create the artwork.
Once I had the idea clearly in my mind, the drawing were done within three
From there, the sketches are
computer inhanced and vectorized so they can be cut with our CAM machine.
Sample shell, stone, and metal colors are added to the design so the client can
get a better idea of what the final product will look like and sign off on it
before cutting begins.
The next step in the process is
to cut the pieces. From there they go to the "proofing board." This is where
the design is cut and any final finishing of the piece is done. Right now the
pieces are glued down to a piece of paper.
From here, the next step is to
route out the holes in the guitar. This is done with our CNC (computer numeric
controlled) machine. This will allow for a perfect route, something impossible
Here is the finished routing for
the headstock. The guitar is now ready to accept the shell and
The shell is then glued into the
guitar, filed flat, and polished.
The guitar is down at last. It
was sent back to Minarik and given an tortois shell finish. Now, since the
guitar has be publically announced, I can show picture of the entire guitars.
Here are pictures we took of the guitar in the Minarik booth at the 2006 NAMM
show. The guitar was a big hit and the center piece of the Minarik
My son (and apprentice) Alex
holding the finished master piece.