The 8th July 2017 marked the one hundredth anniversary of the sinking of the SS PEGU. Although I had hoped to complete the Pegu guitar on this date, unfortunately, time (and other jobs) have beaten me. However, I have managed to complete all parts with the final piece being a small chromed anchor set in clear resin within an aluminium sleeve.
Although the guitar was not completed, the final part was fabricated on this day and all parts were placed together to give an impression of the finished product.
I managed to salvage yet more aluminium from my former fish tank frame to make the tail piece for the guitar. As the job of the tail piece is to anchor the strings to the base of the guitar, I thought (as there is a nautical theme going on here) that I would make this to resemble the shape of an actual anchor.
This also means the guitar sits between an anchor at the top and bottom with the tension of the strings seemingly holding them together.
I have designed the top of the fret board in an unconventional manner incorporating a ‘Zero’ fret in place of the usual nut and an aluminium name plate which the stings pass through on their way to the machine heads. Above the PEGU name plate sits the truss rod cover which I have made from the mahogany offcuts from the neck. The cover is fashioned on a yacht‘s decking to go with the theme of the main body sides.
With all parts completed, I now have to glue it all together and affix bindings etc to make the finished product at least look like a professional job. Hopefully, this will not take too long…