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The Great Guitar Build-off

Kevin Haus

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my name is Kevin. Great that you found my profile.

To give you a little more information about who I am, and what I've been doing here, here's some brief info:

40 years "young" (although it feels more "old" especially in the morning or after a long day in the shop), married for 15 years, and a daughter of 8 years.
I am a hobby guitar builder and only started this hobby about 1 year ago during the first lockdown.
In that time I have now completed 3 projects, one of which is hereby entered into the Great Guitar Build Off competition.

I call my build "The 24 K."
The reason for this is hard to miss.
The cavities underneath the acrylic are gold plated with 23.8 carat "Red French Gold".
Since "23.8 K" was too stupid for me as an inlay at the 12th fret, I rounded up with a wink ;-)

Otherwise, the entire guitar is made of wenge with a few veneer strips of maple.

Material: wenge, maple, gold
scale length: 25,5
Number of frets: 24
Pickups: EMG Active "James Hetfield" Gold
Tuner: Kluson 6R
Bridge: Handmade homemade brass (from a good acquaintance)
Strings: Optima 24K 11-50
Weight: 4,1 KG

Besides the gilding (let) I had the most fun to try my hand at binding the fingerboard. So I made a double binding on the fingerboard and on the headstock with a strip of wenge and a strip of maple.
Also the chamfer on both sides of the guitar as a side finish is very fitting in my eyes. On top I decided to add an extended heel access at the very end.

I hope you like the build, as well as the video.

Speaking of the video: 
In this video is neither spoken nor anything explained. 
The simple reason for this is that other guitar builders who know very well what I'm doing will be watching this one. By the way, my skills are not nearly enough to explain to others why I do something the way I do it.

Have fun and good luck to you guys in any case if you enter the competition as well.

You can visit my YouTube channel here: https://youtube.com/channel/UCuxjhxXxsyCyqiNkgN3aNa

You can see the video of my final build here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23TPsbykyU8

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