This ring was so much fun to make. Greville, in Australia, sent me pictures of his beautiful vintage, hollow body Gretsch guitar. I really got to play with trying to nail all the details of this classic guitar in such a small space.
I knew that I wanted to get a good shine on the body of the guitar. But to do that, I would lose some of the crispiness and definition of the hardware in the buffing.
I carved the body, noting all the proportions. and I made some small hardware pieces in wax but ended up fabricating them directly in metal. It was worth carving them to see the placement of everything.
Creative license allowed me to take the fret board square down the ring. We ended up with a great squared shank and a very wearable ring. After casting the entire ring was burnished and beaten to work harden the surface. I sanded and polished the body in preparation for the hardware.
In this picture, the hand fabricated pickups, bridge and Bigsby vibrato bar have been laser welded in place. You can see the naked head stock without the tuning knobs in place yet.
In all, 17 parts were added to the main body.
The fret board was cut in with a super thin saw blade and the fret markers were properly placed.
Lastly, I hand engraved inside the ring and florentine finished the area under the body.
Thanks for sending me the picture of you with the ring, Greville!
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