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A New Body For An Existing Neck

A New Body For An Existing Neck

Instrument construction still in progress

Instrument construction still in progress

First off, let me just get it out of the way and explain the name of this guitar. Back in 2014 I finished building my Banana Pudding guitar. I originally gave it another name, but because of the cool yellowish-cream color it garnered it's unusual "pudding" nickname by my son. So I finally resolved myself to the odd moniker and just officially renamed the instrument.

This instrument shares the same body shape as that one, which is my take on a Reverend guitar, which was themselves their own take on the offset bodied Fenders of the 1960s, such as the Jazzmaster. Therefore I decided to just call any instrument I use that utilizes this same body template a "pudding" model. Yes, I know, I'm weird.

However because this guitar features a top and bottom made of bubinga, I decided to dub it "Bubinga Pudding". Not that you'd want to eat bubinga. Pudding itself is good. But not pudding made from bubinga. Or rice. Rice pudding is equally nasty. Bubinga pudding may actually taste better. I don't know this for sure, it's just speculation. Yes, I know, I'm weird.

Anyhoo... back to guitars. To relate this guitar to the original pudding guitar even closer, this instrument features the first neck I built for Banana Pudding. I made this neck as a 25" scale length, then decided to change the scale length on the 1st guitar to 25.5". So I built a second neck for Banana Pudding and set this neck aside for future use. Well, the future is now.

Because of this neck switch, it does cause a bit of a serial number anomaly. The original Banana Pudding has #012 body with the #016 neck, and conversely, this guitar sports the #016 body with the #012 neck. Hear that pawn shop owners? If anyone steals one of these two pudding guitars that's a tip off that they're mine: the serial numbers don't match.

Enough chit-chat. Let's get to the guitar itself:

  • Neck Type: Bolt-On

  • Neck Wood: Walnut with contrasting maple laminations.

  • Truss Rod: Dual action

  • Reinforcement: Two carbon fiber rods

  • Headstock: Angled, scarf jointed

  • Tuners: Locking Sperzel-style

  • Nut: Bone

  • Body Wood: Walnut body rim, bubinga top and bottom.

  • Body Features: Pudding shape. Hollow. Inlaid top and bottom.

  • Fretboard: Maple, 12" radius

  • Scale Length: 25"

  • Pickups: Tonerider Rockstar humbuckers.

  • Controls: One volume, one tone, three-way pickup selection switch.

  • Hardware: Chrome. Tune-o-matic bridge and tailpiece.

  • Finish: Gloss nitrocellulose lacquer

  • Weight: Not yet known.

Sorry, there are no finished photos yet as the instrument is still under construction.

The neck was built several years ago and unfortunately I didn't take photos of the construction. However I did document the rest of the build.

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This page last updated on 06/28/2018