When it comes to handmade musical instruments, i like to see how they’re put together almost as much as the finished product. In this section i’ll post some progress photos of some instruments I’m making, so you can see what happens on the inside and watch a crudely sawn block of wood turn into something wild.
Here’s a semi-hollow instrument for Joe Tarowsky, the bass player of Amoeba Knievel. There are quite a few things to decide on yet, like the electronics, hardware and top wood, but the basic shape has already been chosen (loosely based on the Fender Telecaster guitar). The back is made of Spanish cedar with a thin layer of poplar over the top. Parts of the body are being routed to reduce the weight and make it hollow inside. The goal here is to make it a bombastic rock machine that will “Buzz or Howl Under the Influence of Heat” (minutemen/Watt reference- one of Joe’s favorite bass players- mine too!).