For some reason I never bought one of these amps. I've always been a Marshall fan, they just symbolise the classic rock era featuring legends like Hendrix, Free, EVH, Nigel Tufnel (with the legendary amp that goes to 11!), Jeff Beck, Motorhead.... The list goes on!
A few months into my guitar building journey, I stumbled across an eBay ad for a Marshall MS-2 and instantly had a eureka moment! Wouldn't it be cool to have one of these in a guitar! I did some research and couldn't find anything directly showing one of these little monsters incorporated into a guitar. There are companies out there who have developed their own self amplified guitars (and done an incredible job), but I needed to feed my Marshall craving at the same time!
I need to play catch up a bit here as I'm part way through as I write this. I'll add as many photos as I can, but some processes may have been missed when i took them, so here goes:
Step 1. planning
As with all my builds, i try to think about what I expect the guitar to sound like, how it will perform and what it will look like. I've always like the white Les Pauls, with gold hardware and pickups and black scratch plate. And obviously, Marshall colours being black and gold that's the scheme i decided. Which guitar? My own design called Tao (more info on my website https://hilditchguitars.weebly.com/guitars.html
) was a natural choice as It has a nice big space to house the little speaker.
The wood? as it's going to be painted, and will have a lot of holes routed in it I decided on Ash for it's strength. The weight didn't matter due to the amount of butchering I'd be doing.
The neck is a 5 piece maple/walnut laminate with wenge fretboard. There's a full time lapse clip on YouTube, of me carving the neck if anyone wants to see the process i use.