Guitar Of The Month – December, 2018

Written by: Kevin Strom On: Jan 9th, 2019

Congratulations goes out to Vlad Hachinski for his guitar build, to earn him Guitar of the Month for December 2018.

Vlad used our STB4BF-U body and STNRW21H-U neck, to create his guitar.

“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.

Moving on to the hardware, I used the Wilkinson WVCSB Vintage Strat tremolo guitar bridge coupled with the Gotoh SGS510 machine heads to provide a solid foundation for the strings.

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!”

-Vlad Hachinski

One response to “Guitar Of The Month – December, 2018”

  1. gglivewire says:

    Nice guitars I hope to get one up there

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