In March 2018, we decided to run a sweepstakes with the prize being a free custom build valued at up to $3500. The sweepstakes page is located here if you're interested.

In this blog article, I'll be posting updates as we document key stages of the build process, so you can see what goes on behind the scenes here at Halo in terms of actually building and bringing these custom guitars to life.

“I’ve always wanted to own my own custom guitar and being fortunate to have won this sweepstakes has made that dream become a reality. When I customized the guitar I wanted it to suit the heavy songs I like to play and write but also still have room for some nice cleans. This guitar will be a great addition to my arsenal and I can’t wait to start writing new songs with it for my band, Hunt for Home.” - Luke G.

Here are just some quick updates:

We're building the guitar body from one of these Black Limba body blanks we just received from one of our tone wood vendors, Maderas Barber:

And we'll be installing Jescar Jumbo Stainless Steel frets on the scalloped Ebony fretboard:

But before all that, we need to study the full specs of the build and communicate with the winner, Luke, any concerns or suggestions we might have with the specs. We do this with all our customers just to make sure the final product truly delivers on every level. It's also a good opportunity to make any final tweaks as we can all be a little indecisive at times ;) 

Full Specs for reference:

GENERAL
DexterityRight Hand
Construction MethodBolt On
Strings7
TuningB.E.A.D.G.B.E
Scale Length28"
BODY
Body ShapeMERUS
ContourForearm & Tummy Cut
Wood/MaterialBlack Limba Body with Poplar Burl Top & Back
Body Finish (Top)Natural (Satin)
Body Finish (Sides/Back)

Natural (Satin)

NECK
Headstock ShapeReverse Inline
Wood/Material13-Piece Maple/Walnut
Fingerboard

Ebony with 16" Radius, Half Scalloped

Headstock FinishNatural (Satin)
Neck FinishNatural (Satin)
Frets/SizeJescar, Jumbo, 24, Stainless Steel
InlaysNone
Side DotsLuminlay
Fingerboard BindingMaple with Purfling (Black/White/Black)
Nut

Zero Fret with GraphTech Black TUSQ XL String Guide

COMPONENTS
Hardware ColorBlack
Bridge SystemTOM String Through Body
TunersLocking
PickupsBare Knuckle Aftermath (Bridge); Bare Knuckle Juggernaut (Neck)
Control Pattern1 Volume & 3-Way Toggle Switch
KnobsDome
CaseHalo Custom Fitted Hard Case


More updates to come...

Thanks for reading!

FIRST UPDATE

Luke and I needed a couple weeks of back and forth before finalizing the specs for his custom build. We made changes to the headstock color, headstock logo color, headstock binding, fretboard binding, neck back color & finish, body contour, body binding, body top and back wood, and the pickups. The changes were minor as the overall framework of the guitar is still essentially the same.

Here are some photos of the 2-piece solid Black Limba (aka Black Korina) body blank on our old, trusty jointer. 

And here's a photo of the Ebony fretboard just laying on our CNC machine. We use the CNC to precisely mark the fret slot positions because it is a critical part to get right!


Here are some of the components that'll go into this custom guitar:


More updates to come regarding the build... but we also looked into all the other sweepstakes entries to learn which options were the most popular in 10 key areas (see below).

Can you guess what the most popular options were?
Leave a comment at the bottom of the blog article with your guesses!
We'll reveal the answers in a future update.

10 Key Areas:

    Body Shape
    Number of Strings
    Body Top Color
    Body Core Wood
    Body Top Wood
    Bridge
    Bridge Pickup
    Neck Construction Method
    Hardware Color
    Headstock Shape

That's all for now!

- Jeff Lee, Halo Custom Guitars


SECOND UPDATE

Here's a mockup of a guitar utilizing the most popular options in 10 key areas (following up from the first update above):

    Most popular Body Shape: MERUS
    Most popular Number of Strings: 6
    Most popular Body Top Color: Natural
    Most popular Body Core Wood: Mahogany
    Most popular Body Top Wood: Flamed Maple
    Most popular Bridge: Floyd Rose Original
    Most popular Bridge Pickup: Bare Knuckle Juggernaut
    Most popular Neck Construction Method: Neck Through Body
    Most popular Hardware Color: Black
    Most popular Headstock Shape: Reverse Inline

Okay, back to Luke's custom build...

We got the body shape routed and some more work done on the neck:


That's all for now - will post another update later. Thanks!

- Jeff Lee, Halo Custom Guitars


Comments: 16
Connor 04/11/2018 12:58

Wow... thats... an ugly, basic, boring and overall disappointing build. Honestly don't know why it was a random winner, when I'm sure there were hundreds of gorgeous creations submitted that would actually turn out aesthetically pleasing and actually be worth all the video updates you're going to use this build for. I think we need a break, Halo. We need to see other people.

Alli 04/11/2018 16:20
Wow... that's a beautiful guitar and Luke is extremely lucky to have won it, all the best to him and his band!
John 04/11/2018 20:17
Wow how stoked would you be to own that. Sick guitar Luke, hope you get many years of playing pleasure out of it, wish I had won..
Joe B 04/12/2018 05:36
Congratulations Luke! I'm looking forward to seeing this progress.
Stefano Maddalena 04/12/2018 11:26

Congrats, but I still prefer mine. What made Halo choose that one? just curious

HALO ADMIN RESPONSE: Because this was a sweepstakes, the winner was chosen randomly (powered by Random.org).

A. C. 04/28/2018 11:24

More updates when?

Halo Admin Response: We'll be posting more updates within another week or so and throughout the rest of the build process. Thanks! - Jeff Lee, Halo Custom Guitars

Lia 06/08/2018 19:40
Love this guitar! When will the updates be up? Keen to see how it's going?
Adam Federbusch 06/27/2018 12:27
I wish there was as in-depth of coverage of the build process for ALL custom builds as there has been for this sweepstakes custom tbh. Congrats @Luke, dope lookin' piece of art you'll have soon!
blaine ludeman 06/27/2018 12:49
I dig it. probably can get some low tones seeing as it's a baritone 7 string. My guesses would be something similar to this .. either an octavia or merius long scale with 7 strings and bareknuckles in them although I would probably go for a different top or at least a different color because it's a little too plain looking completely natural.
JD McClure 06/27/2018 13:24
Awesome! Congrats dude! Another great guitar guys...
Bruce Fontaine 06/27/2018 14:11
I think it's pretty close to what I designed for this giveaway!
Michael Mungo 06/27/2018 17:10
Congrats to the winner of his Custom built guitar, I am glad to see that all the non winners seem happy for the winner'
Dan Boyer 06/28/2018 03:59
Congrats, gonna be a beaut !!! ... As for the other question, I would think # of strings, bridge, and headstock . DJB
Pablo 06/30/2018 17:24
My guess would be number of strings, body shape and body core wood Regards!
Todd 07/06/2018 22:05
Congrats to the winner!!! Looks like its going to be a sweet axe
Mike S 07/10/2018 08:06
@ Connor "don't be jealous" Karma will always give you what you give others. It's gonna be a sweet Axe! One of a kind, an original... Be Excellent to Each other. <>
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