“The Valiant” Serial Build #009

Finally finished. My “Treat Yo Self” present for matching into my 1st choice fellowship for Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She’s got some fine detail and wiring work to be 100% perfect but she already sounds beautiful. McNelly’s Saint Nick HSP90’S sound incredible and can handle the cleanest of cleans and the dirtiest of dirty. It’s a heavier guitar than I’d expected but it feels just right while playing. I wired a Treble Bleed mod onto the volume knobs of the pickups which brought back some of the lost high end frequencies. The difference is quite noticeable so I hard-wired the mods.

I wanted a wiring scheme similar to the Ibanez Talman Prestige / Nashville wiring style where the neck and Bridge are wired to a three-way switch and the middle pickup is wired independently. It’s tricky because I still can’t figure out for the life of me how to wire the middle volume to act “completely” independent of the main circuit. When the N+B volume is off the entire circuit is off. In order for the middle pickup to work the N+B volume needs to be “on” on the lowest value before cranking the middle pickup volume. If any of you have a wiring scheme which will allow me to run two volumes and a tone with the volumes independently.

Body : Black Limba

Top : Buckeye Burl

Neck : Pau Ferro

FB : African Blackwood

Ivoroid Binding, Jescar Frets, Hipshot Hardware

Daddario Strings

Mcnelly Pickups “Saint Nick” Set w/Custom Treble Bleed mod

Seymour Duncan Lil’ Screamin Demon w/coil tap (independent circuit – can be blended in)

Finish : Odies Oil and Wax Products

The shape is reminiscent of the classic Telecaster style builds of both Tao Guitars and Vik Guitars. I loved aspects of both and wanted to make my own vision of the two models. When you boil it all down it’s all a tribute to the famous Fender Telecaster.

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