01-31-2013 11:50 AM
02-01-2013 06:15 AM
I would like to say that I was responsible for the raised 'teardrop' form of the back, I was originally going to leave it flat, but the builder, Marco, suggested that it would look nice if it had a 5mm raised area that somewhat matched the similar form on the face of the body and added an interesting design element to an otherwise boring part of the guitar. It was a very good idea, and so there it is!
02-01-2013 07:30 AM
02-15-2013 11:33 AM - edited 02-15-2013 11:42 AM
Fresh images of the build came in yesterday from the Netherlands. This is the progress on my Backlund Marz 6 prototype. The builder is making one for himself, but I don't know which guitar will end up being #1 or #2. Anyway, here's the body in the jig for drilling the input jack. After a few more details on the body are finished, the work will shift to the neck (which is already underway).....
Laying out the fret positions on the neck template..
The finished neck/headstock template...
The neck on this particular guitar will be three-piece, here it is being glued up...
The nearly finished Marz 6 body with the neck template placed in the neck socket, just to get an idea of what the whole thing will look like if you squint a bit...
I think that two teardrop 'pickguards' will be sent with it, one a red tortoise, and the other a stainless steel, engine-turned affair, so I will have two options with those components. Which one I end up using will depend on the paint colors I choose for it. I may have to create a few more illustrations of the guitar to see what it might look like in something like Fender's Burgundy Mist or perhaps Sage Green metallic.
It probably won't be too long now before this guitar is heading to the U.S. for painting and final assembly.
02-16-2013 09:08 AM - edited 02-16-2013 09:08 AM
Thats going to be killer! For a color, I'd think that any respectible spaceship of the day would have been sporting a nice silver.
04-08-2013 11:39 AM - edited 04-08-2013 11:56 AM
Smaller of two stainless steel covers for the back of the Marz 6...
Both engine-turned ss covers positioned on the back of the Marz 6 body...
2 mm stainless steel faceplate for the Marz 6 with the bridge positioned....
SS faceplate set in position on Marz body, needs some trimming to fit into the inletted body properly...
After fitting the faceplate into the body, the aluminum center trim piece is trial fitted into the center section...
A wider view of the body with the metalwork set in place. The aluminum center strip trim will be three pieces, and end at the neck heel. The finished teardrop ss faceplate will be entirely engine-turned...
The cable jackplate for the Marz 6, with the finished engine-turned faceplate for the Backlund model 700 'Katalina' lying behind it....
The Backlund model 700 'Katalina' body showing the engine-turned faceplate in position, along with the original concept design art....
04-08-2013 01:53 PM - edited 04-08-2013 01:53 PM
When the guitar is finished, I'm thinking that it'd be fun to find a good local player to do a demo video of this guitar by playing a version of the Marketts 'Out Of Limits' with it.
04-08-2013 07:35 PM
04-08-2013 11:13 PM - edited 04-08-2013 11:14 PM
Does it shoot rocket flames out of the bottom? That would "rock".
04-23-2013 10:39 PM
Keeping on with the JB-700 'Katalina' build project... the basic neck for my 700 has just been made, and the dot markers added yesterday...it won't be long now before the construction phase will be complete and it will be ready to send off to the painter, then final assembly.
04-25-2013 12:03 AM
It must be very rewarding to see your designs turned into actual musical instruments. I would be downright giddy.
04-25-2013 11:45 AM - edited 04-25-2013 12:38 PM
It's certainly gratifying to see one developing, but it's been a long hard road to get even this far with them, and my experience concerning the guitars over the past seven years has been one of those bitter/sweet deals, but you have to take into consideration that the last time I was actually giddy about anything was maybe around 1967 or so.
Having said that, In spite of my cynical outlook, I am quite proud of a few of them, very much so the Marz 6 and Katalina shown being built in this thread by Marco.
These two, along with the JBD-100 and JBD-400 are definately my favorites, and I'd have a hard time picking a #1 out of the four.
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