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Radiolette Serial #02 'Hakone'
Inspired by my 2023 trip to Japan, this Radiolette pays visual homage to the colour tones I experienced in my travels and the woodcraft of the Hakone region. The vintage style bakelite reproduction knobs were found on one of my Tokyo wanderings and I chose to inlay the timber back strap both as a nod to acoustic guitar luthiery and the parquetry work that Hakone is famous for. This is an incredibly unique build that beautifully represents the functional art that I am aspiring to create.
The body is chambered Australian Western Red Cedar capped with a stunning bookmatched Figured Silkwood top. White single ply binding borders the contrast of the Violet-Aqua hand stained top with the warm brown tones of the body. The neck was handshaped from quartersawn Silver Quandong to a 0.91"-0.96" rounded C taper and is paired with a richly coloured Indian Ebony fretboard featuring 22 standard medium frets on a 25" scale and a hand shaped and polished bone nut. Open back Gotoh SE700 tuners with ivoroid buttons hold the tuning at the headstock end with a DeluxeTone V2 hardtail bridge, strung through body with 10-46 Elixr Nanoweb strings. For the pickup I chose a Martin A Smith Pickups handwound vintage PAF spec humbucker that is wired to a 500k volume pot and 500k tone pot with a vintage NOS 0.033uf PIO capacitor.
This guitar is currently on display at Music at Noosa and only available for purchase through the store. $AUS2395 including a hard shell case.