Rhinehart Guitar Wonders


Today’s entry is from Rhinehart Guitars, and talk about whimsical!  His great carvings are giving life to some of the most interesting guitar creations I have ever seen. I haven’t had the privilege of getting my hands on one to play, but I’m sure any builder that takes so much effort in making sure their guitars come to life will even more importantly make sure that their creations play as great as they look..

So let’s take a look at a couple of these stringed wonders

This beauty is called “First Fish” Since this was his first effort its kind of like Rinehart’s First Fruit

Fish Head,Fish Head

Builders Notes:

The top of this guitar is made of 3 pieces of oak that had been milled over 100 years ago and been used as siding on a barn. The oak was case-hardened from weather and I spent some blistering hours planning it down. My joinery was naively unprofessional, with a hot mix of glue and sawdust to bridge the cracks. To stabilize the whole thing, I laminated it to a solid plank of redwood. The routing for the pickups, electronics pocket, and neck was done with a neighbor’s Bosch that he kept stashed under his garage in case anyone he owed would try to accuse him on owning anything hockable. I sawed out the outline with a Black & Decker circular saw, then shaped it with a rasp bit chucked into my hand drill. All the carving was done with a few flat chisels I bought at Odd Lots and a few dental picks. I scalloped the fins with a sanding disk in a dremel tool. Somehow it all came together as an instrument and, even after two changes of neck, addition of another pickup and switching layout, the guitar plays fine, with a tight no-nonsense tone. When I built the 3rd neck with a more elaborate headstock carving I couldn’t quite get back to the spirit of the original body work. It’s a nice neck, but, someday I may try to do another that matches the overall look a little better. I may have to go back to Odd Lots.

Mr. Green, the Barfly

Builders notes:
“Mr. Green, the Barfly (012-94)

(Orig. Bil Laurence Keystone p/s; Sold to J. S. who’s swapped p/us a couple of times)

I was looking for a similar tonal vibe that I’d gotten with oak on top of redwood in the First Fish. Which has a great acoustic resonance. This has an ash top, similar hardness and density to oak, and a basswood back, similar in hardness to redwood. This is one of 2 or 3 others that I painted the back on because the wood was so plain. I painted the top with oil paints. When I did the bottles, I put down the green color then washed over it with a copal that melted the paint and gave it a great glassy look.

I’m very fond of the headstock carving. The neck was a Stew-Mac “paddle-head” unprofiled headstock, so I had a lot of room to work. I had fun designing the paper money and the coins. In loud we trust!

(Original with Stew/Mac tele neck; swapped for Framus neck; (new custom built neck, ’92-97?) (Bil Laurence neck p/u; Schaller bridge)”

Here are a couple Lap Steels  That I have to admit made me laugh Rhinehart has quite a creative  eye. Who would have tunk it.

to check out more of these wonders  go to http://fishguitar.com/

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See you next time WFG’s

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