Wavemaker Snakebite guitar
This guitar is based on a ’59/60 Les Paul and has parts fitted in the vein of the Max Barrenet Slash guitar.
In 2010 Dave at Wavemaker guitars was told of the potential demolition of St.John and St.James church near Liverpool, and that some of the wood was being sold off. One of the beams, was a stunning piece of Honduras mahogany -a rare and now banned wood that was used for the body and neck of the 1950’s Les Pauls- so now we have a body and neck with old growth Honduras mahogany. Dave then, using templates from the original ’50’s design, made up the two piece flame maple top and hand finished the top carve as per Gibson. The neck profile was actually taken from a ’59 Gibson Les Paul and of course is a long tenon joint.
Interestingly, rather than just go dow the route of another ’59 copy, Dave the applied a Snakewood fingerboard and headstock veneer. Snakewood being a very tricky wood to work with, but a very pretty wood -and can be seen in the high end American pool cue manufacture.
The pots are true 500K (Gibson have been telling people they use 500K for years but they don’t they use 300K) and has been wired in the correct ’59 style. The capacitors are 1961 sprague black beauty’s -these replaced the famous bumble bee cap as they was easier to identify.
The stop tail piece is lightweight aluminium, with long studs. The bridge is a Faber non-wire ’59, these are the greatest replacement bridges you can get. The saddles are machined perfectly to sit tight within the body, therefore no saddle rattle. Normally we would all want to see the bridge sit on the treaded inserts as per ’59, but Dave felt that the Gibson Nashville type system (the faber was machined to fit snugly) gave the whole system much better coupling and therefore transmits tone better and also, we would never get the leaning bridge that can compromise playability and internation.
The machine heads are Klusion double ring 1960 type, but with screwed down bushing (not historically correct- but better tuning than originals)
We have set her up with a set of 9-42’s, and with the 12inch radius fingerboard, got the action right down to 3/64 at 12th fret. She is completely buzz free, and the internation is absolutely spot on -even Gibson struggled to get G string internation bang on, back in the day. We just thought you’d like to see this Guitar.