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    Default Baldacci custom build...just getting started

    Conner Baldacci and I first met a couple years ago when he was winding pickups...really good pickups!!!

    We recently were chatting, as he has started building guitars as well and I was complimenting him on his recent builds. I told him that I would love to have one of his "Bighorn" models....more talking tuned into us putting together a custom build!

    Conner and I put our heads together on a custom build for me. I made a few small changes from his standard configuration....the biggest was the placement of the controls. (I wanted the toggle on the upper horn and a 2 vol/2 tone configuration, like a LP)




    This is a picture of his BIGHORN standard...

    IMG_2242 by brent HENDERSON, on Flickr



    So then he went on the hunt for the wood….he found this 40+ year old mahogany for the body and neck...this is the one piece body blank, before cutting.

    IMG_2281 by brent HENDERSON, on Flickr



    He offers custom inlay work as well. I am opting for his hollow dots on my guitar....here is a sample of those...

    IMG_2241 by brent HENDERSON, on Flickr



    I found a couple nice Brazilian rosewood boards here in Kalamazoo….these came from Gibson, they are from the 60s....I sent both of them to Conner for him to pick which one works best for the build.

    59200117003__F54D2EB8-9AAC-4A38-9603-30BEAD24DC43 by brent HENDERSON, on Flickr



    This is the burst I asked him to shoot on it...(or something pretty close)

    IMG_2290 by brent HENDERSON, on Flickr



    Conner sent me a couple pics today of the maple billet and the bookmatched rough-cut top before he glues it to the body....

    IMG_2239 by brent HENDERSON, on Flickr
    IMG_2288 by brent HENDERSON, on Flickr
    IMG_2289 by brent HENDERSON, on Flickr



    I will continue to post updates on the build...needles to say, I'm very excited!!!!
    I'm just a few hundred lessons away from being a great guitar player.......

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    Default Re: Baldacci custom build...just getting started

    beautiful woods! look forward to more build pics. pups and bridge going to be the same?

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    Generally I am not fond of these shapes and colors, but that sample in the first pic is just WOW... Really curious of the end result... Bolt-on or set neck?
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    Default Re: Baldacci custom build...just getting started

    Should be seriously b*tch*n when it's complete.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeremy View Post
    beautiful woods! look forward to more build pics. pups and bridge going to be the same?
    I am going with the wrap tail bridge. The pickups will be A2 vintage output.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nexion218 View Post
    Generally I am not fond of these shapes and colors, but that sample in the first pic is just WOW... Really curious of the end result... Bolt-on or set neck?

    Set neck
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    Gorgeous material, and I really like the body shape.

    Is it just an optical illusion, or is the 17th fret inlay crooked?

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    Looks very prs'ish. I approve

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    I love that body shape. I have the same bridge on my #1 and i really like it alot, nice wraparound with lots of intonation adjustment, not just the saddles but there are screws to adjust the distance from the posts as well.

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    Conner sent these to me yesterday...


    IMG_2291 by brent HENDERSON, on Flickr

    IMG_2292 by brent HENDERSON, on Flickr
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    Looks great! Can't wait to see more

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    That's a pretty tasteful adaptation of the classic PRS shape. I like it a lot!

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    Holy cow, just realized he's practically down the street from me!

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    This is his headstock design....

    23376588_314349599047188_7853806636790290864_n by brent HENDERSON, on Flickr
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    The body, with Naphtha on it to show the grain.

    I'm just a few hundred lessons away from being a great guitar player.......

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    Just received this from Conner.

    He has the neck just about ready to set in the body.


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    Default Re: Baldacci custom build...just getting started

    Great looking build so far.

    Does he have a website? I googled and couldn't find anything except a lot of stuff on Rob Balducci.

    Do you mind if I ask what price range something like yours is? No worries if you don't want to say!
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    I'm just a few hundred lessons away from being a great guitar player.......

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    Default Re: Baldacci custom build...just getting started

    The neck is set. Pickup holes are routed.



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    Default Re: Baldacci custom build...just getting started

    some of those pics had a ton of tearout on the backside edges. Looks all gone now though. Good stuff!

    Is he hand chiseling that thing on the horns?

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