Green Man

Green Man

Spring 2014 – Summer 2016


Model Name: Green Man
Color: Emerald Flame/Clear Shellac
Body Shape: Single-cut Carved Top
Body Material: Mahogany
Body Cap: Carved Flame Maple
Body Finish: Satin Shellac
Body Binding: Cream
Strap Buttons: Brass Dunlop Flush Fitting Straplok
Neck Type: Set Neck with All Access Joint
Neck Material: 3-Piece Mahogany (scarf joint)
Headstock Style: Classic 3×3
Neck Shape: Modern “C”
Neck Scale Length: 24.75”
Neck Binding: Cream
Headstock Binding: Cream
Nut: Brass
Nut Width: 44 mm
Fingerboard: Ebony
Fingerboard Radius: 14″
Number of Frets: 22
Fret Size: Jumbo (Dunlop 6100)
Fingerboard Inlays: N/A
Fingerboard Side Inlays: 3mm Brass Dots
Neck Pickup: Bare Knuckle Aftermath
Bridge Pickup: Bare Knuckle Aftermath

  • 1 x Master Volume, CTS 500K Coil-splitting potentiometer
  • 1 x Master Tone, BKP 550K custom potentiometer

Pickup Switching: Classic 3-way Toggle
Hardware Finish: Vintage Copper
Bridge: Schaller STM
Tuning Machines: Schaller Da Vinci
Pickguard: N/A
Control Knobs: Knurled Brass Vintage Copper Finish
Switch Tips: Vintage Copper
Unique Features:

  • Reconstituted Malachite ‘Matt Guest’ Runic Headstock Inlay
  • Coil splitting function on push/pull Volume control
  • Treble-bleed modification

The Green Man embodies the spirit of the forest and symbolises rebirth. This was my attempt to capture one of the most iconic and influential guitars of the modern era, Steve Vai’s Green Meanie. At the moment I am still building guitars to my own personal taste, so this project evolved into an interpretation of (in my opinion), the greatest electric guitar of all time, the ’59 Les Paul. The main aspect that differs from the original build of the ’59 is the neck-heel. Green Man features a rounded all-access-neck joint which gives very easy access to the upper register. The 3-piece mahogany neck has a full-feeling ‘C’ shape carve that really generates tone and sustain. Drawing from my personal preference, I have simplified the control layout to single Master and Tone for both pickups. Coil-splitting selection in the Master Volume allows instant single-coil Strat tones when required.

This has taken far longer than any of my other builds and feels like the best instrument I have worked on to date. I pondered over the headstock inlay design for many hours. It was originally intended to have an embodiment of the Green Man inlayed with Malachite, but limited resources meant that the result could have compromised the overall look and feel. In future builds I will revisit this design and utilise laser cutting technology to create the desired effect I have in my mind. As a result, the Green man guitar has a very reserved, simplistic finish which is reminiscent of the ’59 Les Paul.

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