A photo of a completed guitar hung on the wall in the workshop, showing a body with birds-eye maple cap stained bright yellow, and black sides, with a maple neck and a rosewood fretboard. It has a chrome covered P90 in the neck position and a chrome covered humbucker in the bridge position.


    • Body: Poplar with a birds-eye maple cap
    • Neck: Maple
    • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Scale length: 25.5"
  • Neck Pickup: Chrome plated P90
  • Bridge Pickup: Chrome plated Humbucker
  • Hardware: Gotoh tuners, custom 3D-printed carbon-fibre hardtail bridge and controls
  • Wiring: Standard 500k single volume and tone pot, orange drop cap

Verkstaden is a guitar built as a test piece for me to try out new processes and techniques: the name is Swedish for “The Workshop”, as its first purpose was to help me test I had everything I needed after I moved from a maker-space into a dedicated workshop for the first time.

Beyond that this guitar has a number of new techniques practiced on it: the first time I’d built a body with a figured cap on the front, the first guitar I made with a lacquer finish, the first guitar I designed to use a string ferrule-block. The design of the body evolved as built it, as I refined what I think of as my style of guitar. It’s also been a place where I have honed my skills on things like fretwork, using custom 3D-printed carbon-fibre parts, and working on better electronics.

As an maker I look at this and see a lot of firsts for me as a builder, but as a player this is a guitar that I reach for to rock out in the workshop now and enjoy just as an instrument.


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