The Needtobreathe Special

This guitar was built to give to Needtobreathe as a thank you for playing a charity concert which was organized by a friend.  The guitar had its start about a year before the event when I found this great piece of wormy chestnut that came from a 100+ year old barn in North Carolina.  I'd originally bought the wood with the intention of turning it into my personal instrument.  When I was approached to build a guitar for Bear and Bo Rinehart, I knew I had to do something really special.  The band hails from South Carolina, so I knew I had the perfect piece of wood.  Yep.  The chestnut I was setting back.

Besides the chestnut from their neck of the woods, there were a few other special touches as well, including home-made fret dots fashioned from aluminum tubing and polymer clay.  Bear and Bo are big University of Alabama football fans, so I used red clay for the markers.  I also wanted to make sure the guitar sounded spectacular, so I tasked my pickup-winding friend to listen to NTB material and come up with the perfect combo.  He didn't disappoint.  We have a PAF neck humbucker with a noiseless tele bridge pickup.  This has since become my go-to combo.

Here are the specs:

  • 25" scale
  • Chestnut body
  • Hand-carved maple neck with bocote fret board
  • Hand-made fret markers
  • Custom-wound pickups
  • Wilkinson bridge with compensated brass saddles
  • CTS pots
  • Switchcraft switch and jack


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