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The Great Guitar Build-off

Joshua Taitt

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I build airplanes by day and guitars by night! Seriously though I work at a small aircraft manufacturing company caller Piper aircraft, but my true passion is building musical instruments and vacuum tube (valve) based instrument amplifiers. I have wanted to start my own business building custom instruments since high school, so 13 years now. but it has never evolved past a hobby. Just building a few guitars for myself and friends, But I have decided its time for me to step it up and see if I can actually make this a reality and not just a hobby.

So for the guitar I will be building, I actually got the idea for this guitar about two years ago. My father purchased a new air compressor for his shop and it cam on a rather beefy shipping pallet, I took a look at it and thought, I wonder if I could build a guitar out of that? Long story shot the pallet was torn apart and the wood has been sitting in the corner of the garage ever since.

So my plan is to see how far I can go with wood that would normally be thrown into the burn pile. So how about a semi hollow body double cutaway carved top and back with hand wound P90's? all made from a shipping pallet and a piece of wood decking. This is a pretty experimental build for me trying allot of things I have never done before, while using materials that are really not what you would think of using for anything of this. But hey what's the worst that could happen?

You can visit my YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZo6J0bHxKB3DE9v1AmHn7g

You can see the video of my final build here: https://youtu.be/TRoYQ2jIBvA

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