About 9 months after finishing the prototype, I've finally finished my first crack at a true replica. Used all the same jigs/templates and 90% of the same building techniques for this one. Took a bunch of photos documenting the process again for anyone who is interested. https://goo.gl/photos/u4JU4ZW4ftjaVyrE9
No real surprises in terms of materials or construction: body is an 11-piece sandwich, neck's a 5-piece laminate, ebony fingerboard with "ivorylike" inlays, 6-layer sandwich on the back of the headstock and brass inlay on top, 2-way truss rod adjustible from the PUP cavity. The wolf inlay is brass, ivorylike, maple & died tulipier (black) and koto (red) veneers. Schaller tuners, Kluson bridge, nitro lacquer.
I used a sort of combination of Waldo's Tiger and Wolf wiring schematics for the guts -- Super IIs, sd-1, Waldo buffer & obel. The only real modification -- which I love -- is that middle tone pot has a push/pull switch that disengages the 9volt without having to unplug the guitar. Thanks for the suggestion Waldo -- a feature I'll definitely include on future builds.
Here's a few photos:
Here's a (poor quality) sound clip (sms>mc50>k120):
And a direct link too (since I can't seem to get YouTube to play from this page...)
Thanks for the feedback folks, I really appreciate it!
Bluemule: I do like the SDI at the neck. But honestly, it could be almost anything for the amount of time I spend there.
Searing75: It's not a virtue, but I tend to acclimate pretty quickly to whatever pickups I'm using. Your comment makes me think I should drop a couple super distortions into the Wolf I'm building now and check 'em out.
Free Jazz: I assume your comment about an "interesting bevel" is a polite way of saying wrong. You might be right. I'm honestly not sure. I do know it is more difficult to create a nice crisp edge along the bevel than to round/sand it over to a sort of indistinguishable transition. So being able to achieve the former, I'm reluctant to replicate the latter, particularly since I'm not certain that in doing so, I'd be replicating the real deal. Just another tiny aspect of what makes building, and debating, these guitars so enjoyable.
augustwest1 wrote:... Free Jazz: I assume your comment about an "interesting bevel" is a polite way of saying wrong. You might be right. I'm honestly not sure.
Au contraire. I love it, and it lends more "authority" to the axe. That's my fault for commenting ambiguously. Your bevel is not as intentionally obvious as Robert Dixon's carves over at Prairiewood Guitars, and perhaps that approach might be considered "wrong." But for a "Wolf," and the tones we imagine and conjure, I salute your decision. I PREFER it, actually. Beautiful work, and you sound fantastic on it.