#1403 Rusticator redesign


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~


And the new~


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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4 Responses to #1403 Rusticator redesign

  1. John Doucette says:

    Nice work.
    The details are really, really unique.
    And stunning.

  2. Doug Thorsvik says:


    I first saw your guitars at Rebel-Guitars.com and they are amazing, each one an original and a treasure! All those shiny identical guitars that scream “display me” instead of “play me” leave unmoved. I applaud your creative approach to building guitars.

    Not much interesting stuff available for lefties, so I am learning to build my own.

    I have some questions about the finish you are using. Your finishes look great really look great; they draw attention to the interesting wood and not just the finish. I have been using Danish Oil on my most recent efforts, but it still isn’t what I’m looking for. Rebel-Guitars.com lists the body and neck finish for many of your guitars as “Shellac & Flat Waterbone Varnish”. I Googled it and couldn’t find it anywhere. Where can I find it? Is it easy to use?

    The texture on the surfaces of your guitar bodies is visually compelling. Does the wood already have those rough sawn marks? How are you prepping the surface for a finish?

    Thanks for any information and help you can provide.

    Doug Thorsvik
    Medical Lake, Washington

  3. gwen says:

    Thanks Doug,
    I use Zinsser’s Seal Coat (shellac) as a sealer, then General Finishes Polyacrylic (waterborne varnish) as a top coat. I spray them, but both can be brushed on.
    The saw marks are all original.

  4. Doug Thorsvik says:

    Thanks for the details! It looks like our local Woodcraft store carries both, so I will try them out on my next instrument.

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