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You may recognize The Hellablaster. I borrowed the shape from the ever-popular Fender Telecaster©, but decided to elongate it and add curves where they’re needed. Telecasters are cool, but oh so boxy. There’s just something so unsexy about its squared-off plank of a body. The Hellablaster takes on a cartoonish form, losing all of those hard edges and extra weight.
The body is constructed from the sides of a gigantic vintage radio console. First, I cut the shape into halves, hollowed them out except for a space under the bridge, then rejoined them to create a warm, open sound. Don’t worry about the mostly-hollow body being flimsy – there’s a purpleheart support beam that runs from the neck pocket to underneath the bridge.
Another notable feature of this guitar is the pickups and wiring. Hidden under the aluminum pickguard is a full-sized humbucking pickup, an experiment which involved combining coils and magnets from old pickups. The bridge position features a dual coil Telecaster pickup. There’s no pickup selector switch, but a volume control for each pickup (the bridge pickup also has a tone control). Lots of strange phasing and tonal shaping happens by adjusting the knobs a bit, similar to Fender Jazz Bass controls.
The 21-fret maple neck with brass nut and vintage Gotoh tuning machines was purchased in a raw state from another luthier and shaped by me. Everything from the sting of a Telecaster single coil to the thick wooly roar of a vintage humbucker can be had here.