Blayne Ratter

Blayne Ratter

Hi, I'm Blayne. I am 17 years old and I've played guitar for over 5 years now. I have dressed frets for a few guitars and refinished one. I have always enjoyed working with tools and so I decided that making a guitar from scratch was a good next step. I was planning this build before I heard about this competition, it just happened to be good timing so I decided to enter.

For my scratch build I am making an all rosewood strat. I am using "NuRosewood" which is real wood, although from what I have gathered from the website I bought it from I believe they graft the rosewood tree onto a pine tree to make it grow faster as it's a bit less dense than real rosewood. The upsides are that it is reasonably priced and 100% renewable, sustainable and FSC approved. No CITES certificate is required either. I chose a strat style guitar as this will be my first full build and I wanted it to be straightforward. I did not want to have to worry about getting neck break angles right or glueing the neck in right.

I have not decided on all the specifications of my guitar but it for the most part will be a standard strat. 25.5" scale length, 9.5" radius, 6 point tremolo, 6 in a line locking tuners, bone nut, 3 single coil pickups, 5 way switch.

I do plan on changing the wiring of the guitar, I want to have "standard" operation with extras, like swapping from parallel wired humbuckers in positions 2 and 4 to series humbuckers. I plan to use push-pull pots to do this. I am also panning on having one overall tone tone knob and one overall bass contour knob. I also want to be able to have all three pickups on at the same time with one phase inverted. This may change during the build though.

And for the dot inlays I plan on sing sycamore or willow wood that was grown in my garden.