Dragen – Carved strat

This my Dragen Guitar. The guitar that got me building guitars again.

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The electrics are from Axesrus axesrus.com. Pickups neck and middle ‘Alinco Tube’ and bridge is a bright Wilkinson single coil. Fender 5 way switch and 250k pots. Wilkins tuners and floating bridge. Aged scratch plate and knobs (cos they were old and I liked them).

dragon originalThe chance find on Ebay was a CNC cut, mahogany, strat type, body from China.

This I radically modified and hand carved adding detail and definition. The design was a Dragon and I was very pleased with it.

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However I soon realised that before I could take this project further to be a playable “work of art” I needed to learn an awful lot more.

Collecting components from Ebay and studying build, assembly, set up, on many web sites and You Tube videos, I built 4 strat type guitars.

I was in no hurry and the learning process was fascinating, bringing deeper enjoyment to watching guitarists around me play.

When I was sure of what I was doing I collected components and finished the carved strat.

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I learnt a lot about grounding and use a method calling “star earthing” to avoid earth loop hum. I also line all the interior with special sticky backed foil that also earths to the same on the back of the scratch plate. My electric guitars are nice and quite.

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The Neck pickup has a silky bluesy sound two tubes together have what I call the “chicken picking” sound great for Texan country sound. The Wilkinson on it’s own is a bright classic Fender Strat sound.

The fretboard and neck was a lucky Ebay purchase

I did have one very duff neck purchase from the USA. Useless neck and I was charged customs duty. Since that I never buy from Ebay in the states.

I did not (at this time) plan to make and fret a neck. However I customised the headstock with my little scoop which I put on all my Strat type headstocks.

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There is video of Paul Whitton playing the Dragen Guitar on my video page

At the bottom of the page is a picture of my friend Tam giving the ‘Dragen Guitar’ a work out at a ‘Blues Jam’.

Finally Click Here for a page full of carved guitars that I found for inspiration.

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I love this guitar and would never let it go. However I do not find this to be the guitar I pick up to play – proving that art is art and an instrument is an instrument.

That does not stop me planning another which I will carve from scratch with help from my new Dremmel. Thanks Lelly xx


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