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Jim Cunningham - Guitarist & Luthier
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This was the first guitar I made, somewhere around 1981. It is a black walnut bass, with a Fender Precision fretless neck.
The back is covered with a curved brass plate holding the pickups in place. It is all back loaded so there are no screws in the face, except for the bridge. It is balanced, sounds great, but is a little heavy.
This is a 7 string carved archtop built for a friend in Baltimore.
Back view of the 7 string.
I call this my Fibson ES-175. I used the body and neck from an old Harmony to create it. I put in a cutaway, reset the neck angle, installed an adjustable trussrod, ebony bound fingerboard, frets, all the correct Gibson inlays and hardware, and refinished it. It was an exercise to see if I could do it. Don't worry though, I won't be selling it!
Fibson back. The finish was done by Peter Paglia of Atlantic Woodworks
This is a solid black walnut SG style guitar I built for my grandson, Josh Williams. I call it the Dragon SG for the fingerboard inlays. (fingerboard $30 on ebay!)
SG back. This is beautiful quartersawn walnut from a friend's home in upstate New York.
Dragon SG headstock. I used quilted mahogony for the vaneer.
This is a cherry and mahogony solid body I call the Crouching Tiger, for the rosewood inlay in the body. It has a carved top and back, set up in the 3 pick-up and tremolo style of a strat. I built this for my grandson Zach Williams.
The Crouching Tiger inlay. I had the rosewood cut with a laser and spent 6 hours inlaying it into the body.
I call this one the T-Bone Special, for it's owner Tyler Williams. Tyler, my third grandson, is nicknamed T-Bone by his Dad. It is zebrawood and maple.
Zebrawood is naturally quartersawn to get the striped grain pattern. It seems to be stable, strong and has a nice warm tone.
The handcarved tailpiece is a stylized JC, my initials.