Guitar Of The Month – December, 2018
Congratulations goes out to Vlad Hachinski for his guitar build, to earn him Guitar of the Month for December 2018.
“I started with the Solo STB4BF-U unfinished guitar body with flame maple top. It was given a base stain of black to highlight the beautiful flame and grain in the wood, then finished with bright blue stain fading/bursting to black at the edges. The body was then sealed with multiple coats of gloss nitrocellulose lacquer and polished to a brilliant shine.
The neck is a Solo ST Style 21 fret neck with the rosewood board. Using India Ink, I ‘ebonized’ the fretboard to give it a darker appearance to complement the body. The maple part of the neck was stained and the topcoat was finished using the same system as the body.
I made a custom shark decal which got embedded into the clear coat. For some subtle bling I replaced the fret markers with tiny Swarovski crystals.
The pick guard and plastics are genuine Fender parts, and are loaded with a set of ’63 Strat style pickups wound by a friend. It’s wired with premium pots and switches that I got from Solo as well.
Lastly, I couldn’t resist picking up a set of the beautiful Solo LCB30 speed knobs with the Abalone rings that you have on display in your showroom — I think that they were the perfect finishing touch for this guitar!
The final product weighs in at a svelte 7 lbs, 2 oz, has a great neck profile and is wonderfully resonant. The relative that I built this for absolutely loves it!
I’m looking forward to feeding my addiction with the next trip to your showroom!”