"Native Son" got its name because it is made from Florida Rosewood, an invasive species, which was cut down here in Tampa on Davis Island, which by coincidence, is where our 2 daughters were born. I went a bit crazy with the sapwood on this build, incorporating it on every element of the build. The fingerboard was originally made for VG #0012 (Red Head), but when the top came in, I saw how the colors were clashing with each other. My friend and mentor Ben Chafin (of Chafin Custom Guitars and Electra Guitars) had given me a log of the Florida Rosewood a few years ago and I finally made a guitar to match the fingerboard!
Name: Native Son
Date completed: 7/19/17
Weight: 7.6 lbs.
Fingerboard:24 frets, 25" scale, 12" radius
Tuners: 6-in-line black Schallers
Nut: Black Tusq® Nut
Pickups: In-house handwound LickupPickups
Electronics: Vol, Tone, two 3-way mini dp switches for coil tap, 3-way toggle with a total of 15 separate tones.
Bridge: TonePros AVTII black wraparound bridge
Top: Florida Rosewood
Body: Sapele Mahogany
Neck: Flamed Maple
Fretboard: Florida Rosewood
Pickup rings: Florida Rosewood
Finishing: Isoaltor only (satin finish). Paint by Moecolors
Extras: Florida rosewood dots inlaid into fingerboard, custom electronics cavity cover, custom control knobs & Florida Rosewood pup rings.
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