#1410 barnstormer sc

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Playing with milk paint some more, this time on sassafras I cut on my portable sawmill years ago. I miscalculated the shrinkage rate at the time, and after it dried, it was the thickness of a guitar body~ no room for planing; so I have been figuring out how to use the rough bandsawn surface.
Neck is cherry, with an osage orange fretboard
Pickups are Amalfitano TP, very nice sounding.
Tuners are Grover vintage style
Brass hardtail bridge.

Available directly from me ( fangwen@dismalax.com ) for $1100 including case and shipping

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#1409 Barnstormer prototype

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This is one I put together from an older neck, and a body prototype from when I was reworking the barnstormer DC design.
I also used it to try out a couple ideas~ the finish is milk paint on barnwood, with tinted shellac sealer, and a waterborne varnish top coat.
I will be trying this more, and in in different colors; really liking it.

Body~ four piece salvaged poplar 2×4
Neck~ soft maple, with persimmon fretboard, 25″ scale, 22 frets
Pickup~ Tonerider hot classic bridge
Bridge~ Dismalax aluminum compensated bridge/tailpiece combo
Tuners~ Gotoh vintage
Weighs 6.2 pounds

This one is available directly from me ( fangwen@dismalax.com ) for $1200 including case and shipping within the US

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#1408 Rusticator DC

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Double cutaway, set neck version of the Rusticator
Top is beech barnwood, on a cucumbertree base.
Neck is maple and walnut, with a persimmon fretboard.
Pickups are my own homespun humbuckers; bridge 8k; neck 7k
Schroeder wraparound bridge/tailpiece.
Grover tuners
Weighs 7 pounds

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#1407 barnstormer SC

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This is a single cutaway version of the barnstormer, with simpler appointments..
The body is cucumbertree, with an elm barnwood top featuring the worn remains of the original red paint.
Neck is hard maple, with a persimmon fretboard

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Pickups are my own homespun single coils, which are a little shorter and wider than typical.
The covers are made from micarta, a bakelite-like composite, but in the future I will be using corian-type countertop material.
Tuners are Grover deluxe vintage style.

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me

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So yeah, a little about me, to clear up any confusion, and possibly to cause some.
I used to be called George, but now I am Gwen.
The former was largely a facade built up over a lifetime of fear.
The latter is what crawled out of the ashes of that mess when it became unsustainable.
I am not a man. I am not a woman. I am not gay or straight, or any of the other labels most folks feel they need to apply to people in order to make sense of the chaos that life actually is. I am a person.
I don’t really even like the term “transgender” very much, as I feel it only serves to validate the gender binary, a social construct I have come to regard as an oppressive illusion. Having escaped that trap, I have no desire to be caught in another.
In spite of this, I still prefer feminine pronouns and terminology when suitable gender-neutral ones are not readily available, as they feel more resonant with who I am in the context of the social interactions these words are used in.
To take this even further, I don’t even identify as a luthier, mostly out of respect for those who have spent a lifetime studying and mastering all the manifold aspects of this craft, the conventions of which I blatantly violate on a regular basis.
I am an artist first and foremost; and what that means to me is that I take seemingly disparate concepts and make something new out of them.
Sometimes this is beautiful, sometimes monstrous, often both.
This is my life, this is me.

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#1406 Wisconsin road dog

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This one is a custom commission, and possibly the last T********r shaped ax I will build.
I love this guitar as much as any of the others I have made, but I have gotten a bit tired of using this body shape over the years; not really interested in copying anyone else’s designs anymore, or dealing with their lawyers.

The body is made of salvaged yellow pine, with the original saw marks showing on the front.
Neck is cherry, with a black locust fretboard.
Pickguard is made from a 1965 Wisconsin license tag.
Pickups are my own homespun creations.
Switch plate is an antique brass doorknob escutcheon.

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#1405 Barnstormer redesign

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So, here is the newly redesigned Barnstormer.
Most of the older ones had a single cutaway, and set neck~

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The new ones have a double asymmetric cutaway, and a bolt on neck.
The body is made from salvaged barn rafter sections, with the edges hollowed out before gluing them together.
This one is beech, and weighs just a tad over seven pounds. Others will be oak, elm and maple.
The neck is walnut, with an osage orange fretboard.

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The bridge is a one piece, fixed intonation unit of my own design, made from aluminum; details here~ bridge
Pickups are my homespun mini-humbuckers. Two or three single coil arrangements also available
Tuners are Hipshot classic, Sperzels also available.
This ax is available at DestroyAllGuitars

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#1404 Sparrowhawk #3

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This is the third Sparrowhawk, and a little different from the first two.
The wing faces are cut from pieces of an old door, and retain the original green paint.
They are laminated onto butternut backs, and flank a yellow poplar center section.
The neck is cherry, with a persimmon fretboard.

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Pickups are my homespun mini-humbuckers
Tuners are Sperzel locking
Available at DestroyAllGuitars

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Springtime in the hollow

That time of year again when the moss calls and I come thither, camera in hand, if I have remembered to bring it.
I collect the sunlight in my hollow and flow it through the ether to your own retinas, for convenient perusal…

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#1403 Rusticator redesign

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I have been in the process, yet again, of redesigning all my stuff.
I haven’t done a Rusticator in a long time, so it seemed like a good place to start.
Here are a couple of the early ones~

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And the new~

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The body of this one is made from salvaged white oak, is about 1 3/8″ thick, and has two large cavities routed out of the front, so despite being made of such heavy wood, the whole guitar weighs just shy of eight pounds.
The neck is walnut, with a persimmon fretboard.
This one is sold, but more in the same theme are on the way, and will be available at Destroy All Guitars

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