Perhaps the most interesting and unusual feature of this guitar (and also the one which caused the most difficult design challenges) is the removable electrified scratchplate. The idea is that without the scratchplate, the guitar is completely acoustic. Then by the simple addition of the scratchplate, it becomes electric. All of the components – the volume and tone controls and the jack input are fitted in the small space beneath the scratchplate. The Kent Armstrong floating Jazz pickup comes out of the side to be suspended underneath the strings.
The whole assembly easily snaps on and off in a matter of seconds. This is thanks to the clever use of small, extremely strong neodymium magnets which are invisibly concealed inside the guitar’s bindings and in wooden feet on the scratchplate’s copper arms.
The scratchplate itself is made from local Sesam wood.
The Finished Guitar
Here are some pictures of the finished guitar.