I said in impmann's Alembic-esque thread that I was kicking off a second 6-string electric build in parallel to his own build. It's a bit of an experiment and so I'm building it for myself.
Remember the piccolo bass I built for our band's bassist Pete?
Those who followed the thread might remember that it is essentially a 4-string electric. Same pitch, same scale length(s), even same neck width. And it weighs less than 6lb!
The curved back (notice a theme developing here?) also makes the neck to body transition super slim. This thing is a delight to play.
So ... a couple more strings .... another pickup - surely this has the potential for a 6 1/2lb electric...
With increasing numbers of born-again and never-went-away players suffering arthritis, and increasing numbers of women players and young players looking for something just a bit lighter - well, you never know.
It will be pretty much the same construction, but the neck will be from the laminated beam I'm also using for @impmann 's
...and the top is likely to be using this wonderful (but eye-wateringly expensive) piece of Amboyna from Kirk at Exotichardwoodsukltd.co.uk:
Probably go for ebony fretboard and non-multiscale frets.
And the reason for building in parallel (I usually do my projects one at a time)? Simply that the basic construction of the two guitars is going to be very similar so, when I get out, say, the thicknesser, it's as easy to thickness two pieces of wood as easily as one. Most builders will tell you that you spend a LOT more time getting the equipment out and putting it back than actually using it
I will also be trying to read across some of the design features into @impmann
's build and, if there is an aspect I'm not sure about, I'll try it on my dodgy sprog before I risk the same assault on @impmann
's beautiful baby