Building a Custom Guitar

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Building a Custom Guitar

Postby nadereid » Thu Apr 21, 2016 8:02 am

Hello folks! Newbie here! I've been wanting to build a custom shop guitar for quite a while now and I'm torn between DC600 and the A6. However, I would very much like to see how the guitar would look like with the options that I choose. Is there someone who can help me with providing me some pictures of these certain specs? Or anything that would allow me to actually see how the guitars might look like. Thanks in advance!


Left Handed w/ Hipshot Fixed Bridge
Mahogany Neck and body w/ 2 Maple stripes
Deep Blue Flamed Maple Top with Blackburst Edges
Natural Body Wood Binding
Natural Wood Back of Body
Satin Finish
Black Hardware
Standard Headstock
Ebony Fingerboard w/ Signature Inlays


Left Handed w/ Hipshot Fixed bridge
Maple Neck w/ Alder body
Bookmatched Flamed Maple Top
Deep Natural Top Wood Body Binding w/ Beveled Edges
3 piece body
Satin Matte Finish
Deep Blue Flame
Blackburst Edges
Rear of Body Natural Clear
Standard Headstock
Rosewood Fingerboard w/ Signature Inlays

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re: Building a Custom Guitar

Postby Randy » Thu Apr 21, 2016 8:41 am

Welcome to the forum!

You've come to the right place for advice ;) There are a few folks here with the skills to do a mock-up for you... however, I'm not one of them :lol:

Both builds look great! There are some things you should know about Kiesel's blue finishes, and its finishes in general:
- Colors often look darker in person than they do in their photos. For instance, the Sapphire Blue in regular lighting looks almost black from a reasonable distance.

Up close, or under bright light, it's an awesome finish ;)

Kiesel offers a somewhat lighter shade called "Translucent Pearl Blue"
The darker one is Sapphire Blue over alder, the lighter one is Translucent Pearl Blue over ash... your flamed maple will react to finishes more like ash...

Oh, and be sure to consider the stainless steel frets option-- they are so nice ;)

Hope this helps!

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re: Building a Custom Guitar

Postby spudmunkey » Thu Apr 21, 2016 9:27 am

You will likely get more replies in the guitars section. This Builders forum is for people who are putting together their actual instruments....not just thinking about an order. :)

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