I am very excited that I am currently working with Max Girouard on a custom electric tenor guitar build.
We've gotten far enough into the plan and design for this instrument that I'm now comfortable starting this thread with a listing of the instrument's specs, Max's drawing of the design, a pic of Max's plywood work-up of the instrument, and a pic of the Mahogany he'll be using for the build.
As the build unfolds, Max and I will post updates here. I'm really excited about this project!
Here are our working specs:
The Girouard 'Mojo-4TG' (a solid-bodied Electric Tenor Guitar)
* Tuned GDAE one octave lower than a mandolin (will be able to accommodate CGDA and other tunings as well)
* Design: A classic symmetrical, double-cutaway electric guitar-like design. A Girouard original design, loosely inspired by the Gibson Joan Jett Melody Maker guitar.
* Body: Mahogany
* Neck: Mahogany
* Neck Profile: A slim-profile "Modern C" shape, with a low profile thickness of about .780" at the 1st fret
* Neck reinforcement: Traditional truss rod plus 2 carbon fiber stiffeners
* Scale: 22.875" (58.1 cm)
* Fretboard wood: Indian Rosewood or Ebony
* Fretboard radius: 10"
* Nut width: ~1.25" (32 mm), string spacing 1" (25.4 mm)
* Strings: Nickle plated - gauges: 42W - 30W - 20p - 13p
* Hardware: Chrome
- Bridge/Tailpiece design: Gibson-style tune-o-matic radiused saddle & bridge with 'stop bar' tailpiece.
- Tuners: Grover sealed individual [Midsize Rotomatics (18:1)]
- Side-mounted output jack
- Two strap buttons
* Electronics: one Seymour Duncan SCR-1N 'Cool Rails' for Strat Humbucker pick-up (wired for parallel/series/single-coil operation)
- Pick-Up location: mounted closer to neck than bridge, at the "theoretical 24th fret"
- a coil-splitting switch (a 3 position toggle [series humbucking/split/parallel humbucking])
- volume & tone controls.
* Frets: Large/Tall (80 X 50)
* Coloring & Finish: A glossy Bright White in a water-based lacquer (KTM-9 waterbased lacquer with ColorTone white liquid pigment), with a 3-ply (b/w/b) black pickguard
Plywood work-up of instrument (next to a Girouard A-style mandolin for perspective)
Mahogany for the build