the "work guitar" is a baritone semi-hollowbody electric guitar.
it is largely built from materials from the local home-supply
store, and was designed to safely sit in my office without fear of
damage from curious coworkers. picking up on the idea of a work
guitar, i gave the intrument a sort of construction site look. two
rubber feet on the bottom of the bottom and one behind the
headstock allow the work guitar to securely lean against a
the body is built from three layers of 1/2in maple plywood. the
middle layer is just an outline, creating a hollow interior. the
neck is laminated from 1x3in maple lumber. the trim is galvanised
steel sheeting, as is the tailpiece. knobs are constructed from
the sawn-off heads of large bolts.
there are three pickups -- two EMG "Select" blade-style
humbuckers, and a retro "lipstick" pickup. the controls are a
pickup selector switch, and volume and tone pots. the pots have
built-in pull switches that activate additional an low-pass filter
and a simple (pretty much ineffective) passive distortion
the strings are commercial heavy-gauge baritone guitar strings,
tuned a fifth below a standard guitar B-E-a-d-g-b'. the action is
quite heavy; as is the guitar itself!
the tone is fierce, closer to a bass than a guitar. the lipstick
pickup has a more hollow, twagny sound, which is good for surf
samples, loops, and Reason/Mach5 banks coming soon...