The Sugi "Dusk" guitar was a collaborative design between us and Sugi Guitars to demonstrate what can be done. The 3-4month lifecycle of the build appears here in a series of pics to give you an insight into how your guitar would progress from choosing the top, finish, neck profile, body type, fixings and pickups. The finished piece is available for viewing in store.

 

The TOP is selected

This perfectly book-matched exotic Maple top was chosen for this build because of its spellbinding and exquisite figuring.

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INSPIRATION for the colour

This nature "show" at Dusk was captured by Makoto and forms the inspiration for the stain samples to follow.

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The SAMPLE

The luthier transcribes and adapts the mood and colours of the photo to suit the figuring and colour of the Maple.

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The matching HEADSTOCK

The headstock top is derived from the same choice cut as the body.

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The LAYOUT

The final layout for the bridge, pickups, pots and switches is depicted in a scaled diagam

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TOP & BODY

The maple top and mahogany body have now been bonded. The control cavities, pickups chambers and neck pocket have been precisely carved.

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The proposed WIRING LAYOUT

The wiring loom for the pickups is transcribed to a diagram in prep for any mods.

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The colour is applied

This is one of the most anticipated stages in the build - when the luthier reveals the outcome of the colouring. Nick has done a sublime job of interpreting the original stormy dusk photo. We are particularly pleased with the last vestiges of blue sky to the top left of the body and the last rays of sunshine on the upper left of the headstock.

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The luthier signs and dates the guitar

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The masterpiece is finished

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The hard case and business card holder

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Here is another example, this time a customer order:

Sugi Custom Shop Guitar

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Here are some examples: Now Build Your Own...

The journey towards your very own unique custom guitar starts with choosing a top. Sugi has predefined shapes so this decision is simply between whether you want a single or double cut shape.

SAMPLE TOPS

Here are some examples of other special exotic Maple tops, added here to illustrate just how unique each piece is. One or more of these may still be available but if not, Sugi will provide suitably sublime alternatives. Take a look at BROWSE & SHOP http://www.sugiguitars.com/jp/em/

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PICKUPS

Sugi handwires a range of pickups to suit all needs. These can be installed in a variety of arrays and even augmented with piezo technology depending on suitability.

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PICKUP SPEC

35 series: Think along the lines of the modern Duncan 59' and JB set, with high power in the bridge but less fierce in the neck.

LH-35 N (Neck side) -
magnet Alnico #3
magnet pitch 9.8mm
Coil Urethane #42 Black USA
Turn 5,200
LH-35 B (Bridge side)
magnet Alnico #5
magnet pitch 10.5mm
Coil Urethane #43
Turn 8,000

62 series: Medium powered PAF. Warm vintage sounds with more power in the bridge.

LH-62P N (Neck side)
magnet Alnico #4
magnet pitch 9.8mm
Coil Urethane #42 Black USA
Turn 5,300
LH-62P B (Bridge side)
magnet Alnico #4
magnet pitch 10.5mm
Coil Urethane #42 Black USA
Turn 5,650

MF series: These are for your low powered clean tones.

LH-MF N (Neck side)
magnet Alnico AM #2
magnet pitch 9.9mm
Coil Urethane #42 Black USA
Turn 5,200
LH-MF B (Bridge side)
magnet Alnico #5
magnet pitch 9.9mm
Coil Urethane #43
Turn 7,200

 

FRETBOARD & FRETWIRE

Sugi guitars are renowned internationally for their hand-edged fretboards and fretwires. The comfort this treatment delivers is unrivalled. Makoto does this superb work for Ibanez on their exclusive and rare JCRG J.Custom guitars.

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