Guitar Of The Month – June, 2018
Congratulations goes out to Dwayne Wolosiewicz for his guitar build, to earn him Guitar of the Month for June 2018.
Dwayne used our SGK-1 guitar kit, to create this work of art.
“I’ve always loved music. It’s with me in every part of my day. At work, at home, in my studio, or just lazing around the yard, there’s always music on. I’m not picky on the genre either. Metal, rock, country…….doesn’t matter at all to me, as long as it has a beat. Well……let me back up a bit. I like all music that requires talent to perform. No autotune, no computers, no smoke and mirrors. Give me pure raw talent and I’m gonna like it, regardless of the genre.
It’s funny when I think back to musical phases I’ve gone through…..I like to think we all go through them. I’ve gone from Metal when I was back in High School, through classic rock, then to country, and back to metal……I guess you could say my tastes have refined themselves and even though I appreciate it all, I’ll always have a soft spot for good ol’ metal. Nothing can compare to a solid, heavy riff blasted up past ten. You know, the one that makes you jump outta your seat and throw up the horns……Gimme some good old school Metallica, Disturbed, Korn, or Slipknot and I’ll be the happiest guy around. Throw in some good ol’ Charlie Pride, Johnny Cash, Garth Brooks, Kid Rock, Phil Collins, Elton John…..you get the picture……I just love music. I’m easy to please in that department.
I was never lucky enough to have the ability to play……even though I’ve tried both guitar and drums over the years. I’ve decided to leave that department to the pros….I’ll admire that skill from the sidelines. One day It struck me I should try to make a killer custom guitar, I have a background of art and carving, so I wanted to give it a shot, but I’ve never made a guitar before……so I searched online and SOLO had the best reviews for kits so I gave them a shot and ordered a couple kits. This is the first of what I hope will be many custom guitars.
“Release the Kraken” has over 100 hours of hand carving, painting, and assembling to complete it. I also went as far as including .999 Fine Silver gilding to complete the customization.I carved it with a combination of high speed handpiece, various knives, chisels, files, and sandpaper. The real challenge was designing it to hide all the different ports and channels for the wires from the pickups and the ground from the bridge. That took a bit of creativity designing it. Another thing I needed to consider was making sure I left enough meat on the body so everything would stay in place and not break once it was strung and tension was put on the strings. After the final sanding and mock up I used oil paint to paint it, applied the pure silver gilding, then completed it with 10 coats of oil based varathane, with a light sanding between coats.
I had a blast making this and learned a ton about the workings of guitars and how do fine tuning of the neck and fretboard. I can’t wait to start the next one!”