Joel's Heirloom Barncaster

This was an extremely special guitar to build.  Joel was a former gigging guitar player and current guitar player on our worship team at church.  His family was from Comanche County in Southern Oklahoma, and they still had part of the old barn that his grandfather built in the 1940s.  Joel wanted to use part of it to build something to keep him connected to his family roots.  As an added bonus, his dad had a piece of walnut that he'd cut down years ago, and we were able to use that as the fret board.  Joel was a Les Paul guy and wanted to keep that feel and sound, so we built him a hybrid by combining a T style body with a shorter scale length and PAF style humbuckers.

Here are the specs:

  • 25" scale length
  • 100 year old douglas fir body with top wood from his grandfather's barn
  • Hand-carved walnut neck and fret board
  • Hand-wound PAF style humbuckers
  • Wilkinson bridge with compensated brass saddles
  • Wilkinson vintage style tuners
  • CTS pots
  • Switchcraft switch and jack

   

 

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