After a week of playing several gigs on the "Coevorden Special" it turns out to be a reliable little recycled box guitar with a great sound, especially during the jazzy solo's.
It's new owner, Canadian singer/songwriter Robert Burton Hubele, seems to be very happy with it. Even though we had some other guitars available for his "highway of dreams" tour, (a "real" telecaster and such) he travels around with only the box guitar and our studio resonator (Jay Turser).
Another great week ahead of us, with a few nice venues to go to, a video to record, and well... enjoy the summer!
A few hours after his arrival in Portugal, Robert Burton Hubele from Vancouver B.C. was joined with his new stringed companion "The Coevorden Special". It didn't take more than a few minutes before we got a private concert at the kitchen table. It's great when the combination between guitarist and guitar turns out the way we imagined. A perfect match!
The first RBG from the Fab Four Series is ready. We call it the Coevorden Special, and there's a reason for that!
This "traveling" Recycled Box Guitar is a specially made for Singer/Songwriter Robert Burton Hubele from Vancouver, Canada. As you all know, Vancouver is named after the Dutch town of Coevorden. We are originally from the Netherlands.
To make this RBG an all-round usable 6-string with a vintage feel, we took apart a 1969 Jedson "telecaster" for the hardware. The adjustable bridge is a real calibration friendly invention. Apart from the pickup switches we were able to re-use all the electronic components. The Teisco pickup's could easily be the best ever made, still rocking after 45 years!
The hand-painted skyline of Vancouver and the carved maple leaf on the headstock give away the theme of this RBG.
The Coevorden Special is calibrated and tuned by our good friend and guitar player Toby Selway. Thru the little Fender Studio 850 amplifier is sounds clean when needed and dirty when wanted. We video taped the first chords and lick's after stringing and tuning, the video will be shared on Vimeo soon. All we can say is that we are very happy how this RBG sounds and looks like. It will be probably one of the few 6-string we'll ever build... or maybe not after this experience.
The recycled phonograph panel box (nr.2) is going to be a six-string electric one. Because this is probably one of the few 6-strings I'll ever build, I ripped apart an old strat type, secondhand-shop found, guitar. I'm going to use the neck, which is in a reasonable state. Only problem is, it doesn't really fit, style-wise to the box.
So, the first creative brain breaker was to adjust the head to a matching shape and size.
I cut the head up in parts and replaced the part with the top end tuner holes on the bottom (the guitar had 6 tuners in line). I also had to make it a bit thinner so I could put some old parts from the phonograph panel on the front and back.
Some adjustments had to be made to the box, as this is "bold-on" neck. So 2 block with stretchers were glued in.
The space for the neck was chiseled out and holes for the knobs were drilled. Every mark is transferred from the original guitar, ans checked for measurements, guess what, the 12th fret is right at the point where it should be....
Some braces where glued in to be sure the back will stay in line with the front. At this point I don't know if I will use hinges or just a few screws...
I glues the thin planed little panels to the front and back of the head stock, it had to be straight because the one on the front needed to stay untouched for keeping that "old" look. It took a lot of rasping and sanding but in the end I think I managed to have a neck that goes with the size of the box.
Now the time has come to colourize the RBG and get that special theme-look, without spoiling the old patina of the recycled phonograph panel. I'm on a deadline here so that step will follow soon in a new blog entry.
The Creative Couple
They are living in a 200 year old cottage on a lonely hill in the rural heart of Portugal. Next to working on the Triple Chaos creative instruments in the "Not Just Sawdust" woodwork and recycling workshop, they're running the Bluesbarn Studio, make video's, write poems and books, paint, build marionettes and other puppets, love, welcome guests, and enjoy life their way.