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The Great Guitar Build-off

Jeffrey Drake

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I am a Technical Writer at Philips Healthcare Magnetic Resonance. My oldest son, Ben, plays guitar beautifully. I, on the other hand, was born without musical ability.

When Ben was a little boy, I built him a Telecaster clone. When I opened the kit box and saw two potentiometers, a capacitor, a three-way on-on-on switch, two coils wound around magnets, and a simply supported beam (neck) with fixed reactions (nut and bridge), I thought to myself, I think that I can handle this...

The three reasons that I have come to love guitar building are:

-Listening to Ben play.
-Therapeutic shop time.
-It's art meets science.

As for the build itself, the body is my own design and the neck is a prefabricated paddle head. After that, keep an eye on Instagram to see where I go from there...

You can visit my YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9PHhZ5XAoIkSaa9aqZHqDQ

You can see the video of my final build here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETwmrJf2oPo

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