When I was laying this out initially, I did not appreciate how good the Blackstar (and others) sounds when it is inside its ported cabinet.

It started off

Like many others
And then it finished another way.

Simple controls on the front

Access the amp settings on the back
I was ready to start fastening the bouts to the beam, but these work sessions at the time were probably only an hour or so. Then, I go off to work and play guitar during the commute. I was playing with TwoHeads when I decided to incorporate the amp cabinet into a hollow-body design.

out of many, one.

E Pluribus Unum was once the motto of the United States of America and references the fact that the cohesive single nation was formed as the result of the thirteen smaller colonies joining together.


  • Neck

    25.5" scale Jazzmaster® type bolt-neck design. I scored it on eBay.
  • Beam

    French Oak
    Aged wine barrel stave.
  • Body

    Spruce, Maple
    15" viola Solid wood, carved tone plate, and backplate.
  • Bridge

    I made a floating bridge out of a Tune-o-matic®
  • Pickups

    Single coil
  • Amplifier

    3W mini combo with emulated tape delay, one 3″ speaker.

First "test drive" video