I finished building this Healer
yesterday, my version of an offset JM style guitar. It’s built with a black ash body, roasted red maple 3 piece neck, ebony fretboard with pearl block inlays and ebony head caps. This one also sports a reverse headstock and a set neck placing it well into Firebird territory.
The pickups are Curtis Novak JM-PAF’s, basically a PAF in JM cover. The volume and tone are both push/pull pots allowing for coil tap with a series/parallel switch in between. The upper horn has a momentary kill switch and the lower horn has the 3 way pickup selector switch.
The finish is a waterbased varnish, my new standard for electric guitars. It’s quite thin, dries fast and levels easily.
The frets are 104 x 47 Jescar wire. The Bigsby tremolo is matched with a roller bridge to help keep things in tune. For all solid woods it weighs in at 8.5 lbs, quite close to modern weight reduced LP’s.
It sounds fantastic and has great sustain and good resonance unplugged as well. The customer was pretty psyched when he picked it up, and so was I.