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Welcome to The Supposed String Meister site which is dedicated to the early Yamaha Superaxes and other guitar related hobbies of mine.

The early vintage Yamaha Superaxe guitar series were all characterized by their distinctive horns and their high build quality.

This site is being updated regularly as and when a spare moment of time pops up…

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The Duovette

This is a hollow body guitar that I built recently. The building process is documented here.

I decided to name the guitar ‘Duovette’ as it is loosely based on three Gretsch guitars: – body size, scale length, pickup layout as per Duojet 6128, while body shape and F holes are as per a Corvette 6187 and the head stock shape as per a Corvette 6132.

Specifications: Grover Locking tuners, TV Jones Classic pickups, puriri fretboard, paua inlays, kohekohe sides and neck, mahogany back, norfolk pine top, rewarewa headstock veneer and ebony bindings.. Finish is Briwax oil on waterbased stain. Colour is best described as Carmine Red.

'Gretsch' Duovette 2020 Guitar
The ‘Duovette’ name still needs to be properly etched into the truss rod cover.
'Gretsch' Duovette 2020 Guitar
Duovette tailpiece end showing kohekohe grain
'Gretsch' Duovette 2020 Guitar
Duovette bridge shot – the bridge top part yet to be finished in puriri wood.
'Gretsch' Duovette Guitar
Showing the puriri fretboard with paua inlays
'Gretsch' Duovette Guitar
Mahogany back, ebony bindings, kohekohe sides and neck
'Gretsch' Duovette Guitar
Duovette Back showing Grover locking tuners
'Gretsch' Duovette 2020 Guitar
The Duovette almost complete – puriri knobs and bridge still to be done.
And here the Duovette in action… Thanks Warren, much appreciated.
  1. Making a Bridge Base Comments Off on Making a Bridge Base
  2. Building a guitar with some NZ native woods – Kohekohe, Puriri, Norfolk Pine, Mahogany and Ebony Comments Off on Building a guitar with some NZ native woods – Kohekohe, Puriri, Norfolk Pine, Mahogany and Ebony
  3. Yamaha SA-70 Bridge Damper Photos Comments Off on Yamaha SA-70 Bridge Damper Photos
  4. SA-60, SA-75, SA-90 Owner’s Manual Comments Off on SA-60, SA-75, SA-90 Owner’s Manual
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