#1
Another new model, so thought I’d share it! Updates should be pretty quick as the guitar is finished and most of the work took place some time ago. I already had a neck built for it, so we will be focusing on the body until it comes to finishing/lacquering time when the neck will make an appearance.

The design is inspired by a Strat, but we haven’t leant on the original design too heavily, in fact the body shape doesn’t really share a line with a Strat, but the pickup and control configuration are the same and the influence is still visible. Because of this we have named it the Horizon MK II as the Horizon (MK I) in our range was very much in the style of a Strat and this is a continuation of that theme.

Below are the basic specs:

1 piece Ash Body (rear routed)

Natural Finish with contrasting grain fill

Maple Neck

Kingwood Fingerboard

Triple Kent Armstrong single coil pickups

Gotoh Chrome hardware

CTS pots


Here’s the starting point, a lovely 1 pc Ash body and if you look carefully you can see the outline of the body already drawn onto the blank.



The blank had some planer tearout and a slight cup to it, so I grabbed the handplane (no 4 ½ to smooth it out. As you can tell from all those shaving, I was quite busy that day and not all those shavings came from this guitar.




Next the body was cut out and the pickup locations plotted (hence the holes). I have also located the controls.



And here the pickups and neck have been routed for.



The back has some nice colour variations, which will look even better once finished. You’ll also notice I have routed for the control cavity here.



That's all for now. Thanks for watching, more coming soon .
#2
Back to the front, the switch slot has been cut



Like a Strat, the jack will be mounted to the front, so here I have routed for it.



Here a fly is having his picture taken….(I didn’t notice him till just now!). Also of secondary importance I have cut the roundover, but lets not detract from the real star here .



From there we move onto the carves/contours, again like a strat we are going for a forearm cut and a tummy cut. Here I’m roughing out the forearm cut with a block plane.



And the tummy cut. There is some nice grain and colour in this section of the body, which I was quite pleased about as it makes a nice feature.


The finished contours.



Thanks for watching
#3
Locking tuners? Nicely done.. Wooden cavity cover, cover shield or shielding paint?
I have Washburn guitars 'Maverick Series' and bass 'Bantam Series' and a few pedals and amps, but man I wish to have more patience and drive practicing my playing, if it's equal to the modding itch, then I'm golden.
#4
Excellent craftsmanship, Nicely done.. Wooden cavity cover, cover shield or shielding paint? Are the tuners locking tuners?
I have Washburn guitars 'Maverick Series' and bass 'Bantam Series' and a few pedals and amps, but man I wish to have more patience and drive practicing my playing, if it's equal to the modding itch, then I'm golden.
#5
Thank you . This one is getting an aluminium cavity cover, non locking Gotoh tuners as requested by the new owner and copper shielded cavities.

Next we move onto the grain filling (black in this case).



The back post grain fill



Please welcome Mr neck! It’s Maple with a Kingwood fingerboard (which I didn’t picture!). The headstock shape is the same as the original Horizon as specified by the new owner.



Here a few sealer coats of Shellac have been sprayed and we are onto lacquering. As you can see, the grain has really popped now!



The back after a few coats, very pleased with how the colours have come to life in this piece.





And the neck after receiving some lacquer.



Thanks for watching and Happy Christmas!
#6
Here we go, the finished Horizon MK II. For the finish we went with semi gloss body and a satin neck for fast frictionless playing.

Apologies for the delay...lots of custom builds and repair work on at the moment, so I kept on putting off sorting the pictures out!

















Thanks for watching, plenty more guitars/basses coming soon!