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Box Elder over Alder

I never worked with Box Elder before, so when I saw a slab show up on eBay that said it was Blue Stained, Red Streaked Figured Box Elder, I was intrigued.  I paired this with a Red Alder back, the standard for Strats for example.  The style is close to a Fender Jazzmaster, but I located the controls similar to a Gibson Firebird.  I would never cover beautiful wood with a plastic pick guard! Needless to say, the finished product blew me away!  I only used simple Danish Oil on the finish.  The neck is a 24 3/4" scale Tiger Wood fretboard on Cherry with Jescar medium jumbo frets, dual action truss rod and 12" radius.  The pickups are Seymour Duncan Hot Rodded Humbuckers (Jazz neck / JB Bridge). The volume and tone knobs both have pull up pickup splitters.  

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