MOLLY HORNETTE

Molly Hornette is the Custom Guitar built for me by Jari Österlund / Kitaraverstasjg in Pori, Finland. I took the Telecaster Thinline as the starting point for the body and put my own vision onto it, and chose pickups to have fun with. Telecaster and Stratocaster have distinctively feminine curves, which I wanted to accentuate. On the other hand, the lower horn needed to be shortened for this model, but it actually follows the curve of the Thinline`s pickguard. Vintage tinted maple neck with maple fretboard is just beautiful and easy to handle. The colour is gorgeous Grabber Blue, which you can find on some Shelby GT350s. Molly is powered by three Seymour Duncans, all humbuckers, not that I intented to use them all at the same time - which is possible, thanks to the individual ON/OFF -switches. Every pickup has its own Volume Control, too, to make balanced mixes of the three. Neck pickup has also the Tone Control. The bridge is from Schaller.

Body : Custom Built, Solid Beech

Neck : Sky, Vintage Tint, 21 Medium Jumbo Frets, 10" Radius, 25.5" Scale

Bridge : Schaller 3D-6, Top Load

Pickups : (Bridge) Seymour Duncan SH-4 (JB) ; (Middle) Seymour Duncan SM-1 ; (Neck) Seymour Duncan SHR-1N

Tuners : Kluson

Colour : Grabber Blue

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So, after a while it became clear that the minihumbucker in the middle was not usefull in this guitar. I also had wanted to make a painted pickguard to emphasize the customisation.

The soldering of the mini-switches was problematic, because I couldn`t get the grounding right. That`s why I desided to remove the switches altogether.

On paper, or on the screen everything may look fine, but it`s the practice that determines what works. Designing your first custom guitar is fun, and you might want to put all your ideas into it, but I have learnt that simplicity = playability.


The latest modification includes DiMarzio Super 2 -humbucker at the bridge, a 3-way toggle and a mini switch for splitting both pickups. The Super 2 is very treble biased, that`s why it goes well with the Hot Rails which is warmer. The sound is extremely bright when the coils are splitted and the tone is up, but when the tone is all the way down the sound gets so sweet. With one switch you get two very different sounds in one guitar. I may have used a 300 kOhm volume poti for the neck pickup, I`m not sure. GAS Guitarworks in Tampere sorted out my wirings, which I had messed up.

Well, after a while I got dissatisfied with the ceramic pickups, and decided to try out one chinese P90 -model in the bridge position. The neck pickup is a Kent Armstrong Convertible Reverse Wound P90. They are both great sounding and together surprisingly balanced. I put volume and tone potis for each one. The neck PU has 250kOhm vol poti and the bridge PU 500kOhm. Both tone potis are 50kOhm.