I have commissioned Gordon Smith to build me my first (and probably last, if my wife has any say in it!) custom guitar!

The specification is as follows:

Gordon Smith Graduate
Right Handed
Body: Mahogany
Neck: Maple – thin
Fingerboard: Flamed Maple
Top: Flamed Maple
Colour: Red/Black Burst
Finish: Gloss front, satin back and sides
Body Binding: Scrape
Bridge: Gotoh 510UB
Pickups: 2 GSG Humbuckers
Tuners: Deluxe Locking 18:1 (Gotoh)
Fretwire: Stainless Steel
Strap Buttons: Gold Straplocks (Gotoh)
Hardware: Gold
Pickup covers: Black, with pole pieces to match hardware
Abalone fret markers – offset 6mm
Abalone moose – 11th/12th/13th fret
CTS/ Switchcraft Wiring Loom
Hard case


They estimated the build time is around 8-12 weeks.


Here’s the 1st week’s build progress. As you can see, they have cut the back of the body and the maple top. Also they have started on the neck too.

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