Chuck and I have named his model the Ruckus. It’s a term reflective of when the electric guitar was all about rebellion and the music being played in garages, basements and recording studios was often associated with making a Ruckus. “What’s all that Ruckus?” “Why can’t you play some nice Burl Ives or Peter Paul and Mary?” I still remember the first time I plugged in a Fender Mustang through a Silvertone amp and cranked it up to try and play Foxy Lady or Sunshine of your Love. That was it! We hope this guitar no matter what style of music being played will help rekindle that spirit of musical rebellion and risk taking that the electric guitar has inspired.
Onto the build update
In my opinion, the most critical part of this build or any build for that matter is the neck. Chuck is very particular about how the neck feels on his guitar as well as the set up. So I took my time and gave it the extra attention required. This particular neck is an l reproduction of Chuck’s 66 Tele. The shape thickness and even the rolled edges have been reproduced faithfully. I still carve necks by hand and you can call it old school but it’s my favorite part of an electric build and I have no desire to give it up to a machine any time soon.
There is something about taking a roughed out piece of lumber and transforming it into a graceful guitar neck with hand tools that is still very rewarding to me. Carving a neck by hand takes time and attention to not only detail but the idiosyncrasies of the material. In this case we used some very nice quarter sawn maple and it really paid off without any nasty surprises during the carve.
I use a spoke shave, rasp and scraper to do the shaping and necks it only sees sandpaper briefly before finishing. This one will be the centerpiece for the D’Aloia Ruckus