This Montecristo Tubos box was pretty beat up when we got it; the paper peeling and torn off in places.
The box itself inspired the rough, distressed theme of this build.
The cherry and maple used in the construction has been force-aged using a homemade iron acetate. Parts were cut, filed, scraped and stippled; for that woodworm look.
The neck had been roughly profiled and sanded smooth without taking away the angles caused by the spoke shave. The finish is Danish oil.
The fret markers were sprayed and sanded. Fret markers have been cut into the side of the neck too.
The box was distressed a little further with gold, black and brown wax. The gold doesn’t really show well in the photos. Even a mixed set of tuners have been used to continue the theme.
The pickup, is the second from Joe this year and made specifically for this build.
Even with only three AlNiCo-5 pole magnets and just over 6000 winds, it is hot; measuring in as 6.14Kohms output.
We’ve foregone the tone pot all together as we didn’t want to muddy up the sound from this little beast.
Strings are grounded though the fixed fretted bridge.
It's strange to say it, but it seems that more work went into building this beat up old looking guitar than some out our clean cut builds.
There's a short video of Joe playing this guitar on our Instagram and Facebook pages