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The Great Guitar Build-off

Trevor Woodland

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Hello, my name is Trevor Woodland. I run Vigilant Guitars, a guitar building company based out of my home garage in Victoria, BC, Canada. I started Vigilant back in 2015 initially as a repair/mod business but it quickly flourished into a full custom build business where I specialize in electric guitars/basses with extended range and multi-scale specifications. Over the past couple of years I have made a strong focus to use locally sourced trees from Vancouver Island, locally manufactured pickups and hardware, and environmentally sustainable low VOC finishing products for my builds.

For my scratch build I am planning to finally build a concept guitar that has been in my head for over a year; a semi hollow body guitar with a reusable smoke machine. Watching performances from Alice Cooper and Ace Frehley, the kid in me thinks it would be a showstopper. I've already worked out the air intake, blower, heating element and conduit for the smoke machine itself and I would like to build it around one of my 6 string models. For the video, I want to lean into the 'scratch' part of the competition and showcase the initial processes of milling the wood, winding the pickup, anodizing the bridge etc'¦ I still have to work out the overall aesthetics but for specs I'm thinking:
'6 string 25.5" scale 24 frets
Right Handed'4x3 tuners
Rocklite Fingerboard
Western Maple Multilaminate neck
12-16 radius
SS fretwire
Vigilant Pickups
Set Neck
Vigilant Bridge/anchor plate
Water Based clear coat
Local flame/burl top
Local wood body - recycled wood from house renovation or found beach driftwood.

If you require more details please let me know. Look forward to hearing back from you guys!'

You can visit my YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYG81KS2N0zUySk79uHKoDw

You can see the video of my final build here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pE3mnOmeUv4

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