In the fall of 2017 I signed up for a guitar workshop The Technical scool of Reykjavík. The instructor was Gunnar Örn Sigurðson Luthier.
This was something I had wanted for a long time and finally I went for it.
The course included 9 individuals who could choose to build Fender Telecaster, Fender Telecaster Thinline, Fender Stratocaster, Gibson SG standard or Fender Jass bass.
I chose to make a guitar based on Gibson SG Standard but I made certain changes in the design.
I named the guitar GALDUR which is an Icelandic word... maybe a mixture of Witchcraft, Magic, craft or Spell... well, you get the point.
Below you can see the pictures and the story of how this project went.
The body was made of one wonderful pice of Maghony.
I decided to have the body thicker than on the original SG, both to get more tone and also to improve the guitar's balance.
On Gibson SG Standard, I think the neck is too heavy compared to the body. This was an attempt to fix that and it worked perfectly.
The neck was also made of Maghony.
I ordered an ebony fingerboard from Rall Guitars and Tools in Germany because I wanted to get inlays like Gibson SG Guitars.
The owner, Andreas, provided excellent services and I recommend this company.
The neck was molded with foil and sandpaper and the fingerboard was glued to it.
Then it was glued to the body.
Now it was time to paint the guitar. I choosed white because I owned a white SG in 1987 which I have always missed :)
I have another guitar with a creamy white color named Sainsbury's champagne that I think is very beautiful and desited to use that color.
But it dit not work for Galdur. Somehow it was way to yellow.
So, I got him painted again and now with a different color, Candy White, and then I was finally happy.
You can see both colors on the pictures below and in my eyes there is no question that Candy White is better.
Next task was to put all the hardware on the guitar, but it was all chosen after thorough and extensive search online.
Here is the list of all hardware that was chosen, from top to bottom:
The guitar stands up to all expectations both in terms of appearance and utility. Very nice to play, sounds great and very good sustain. GALDUR is quite heavy, much heavier than the typical SG Standard because of the thick body and heavier hardware, but not as heavy as Gibson Les Paul. I chose 0.10 - 0.52 strings that I think is best suited to him.
Very successful project and I am very pleased with my new guitar, GALDUR.