I seem to have a bit of a problem with an addiction to guitar-building projects lol! But anyway, having built a tele, and then a strat (both of which seem very successful guitars imo) I now find myself in the early stages of another build. This one will use a neck from a guitar I bought back in about 1994, second-hand from Mansons in Plymouth - namely a Starfield "Altair" model...
I was at one point going to strip the body to bare wood, and do an oil finish (Tru-oil probably). But the existing finish turned out to be horrible polyester, thick and very difficult to remove (impervious to paint strippers, gives off noxious fumes if using a heat gun). Plus the wood underneath just didn't look good enough. So enough about this guitar! - it is history now, except it did have a nice, oil-finished neck which I'm going to use for this new build.
So, I'm designing my own body shape this time, which is fun. I did have in mind something a bit "futuristic", and in fact spent several days trawling the web for guitar pictures to give me inspiration - the Parker Fly was one model I was thinking about, though I didn't want to do a direct copy. Yesterday, I started actually sketching at full scale on a large sheet of paper. As I've worked, it has been strange to notice how all the elements I had in my head seem to have changed or been dropped - somehow, the action of physically drawing on paper makes me see things differently. And somewhere along the line, "futuristic" has been replaced by "wave-like and flowing" (hopefully!). Anyhow, after much rubbing out and alteration, I'm about done today - see what you think: