The Sandman Tribute Guitar To Dimebag!

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Last month (May ’07) we received an email from a young guy in Canada. He was trying to let people in the press know about a guitar that he had made in tribute to the late, great Dimebag Darrell. I responded to his email and he sent me some pictures and his story. We applaud genuine achievements at All Out Guitar and would like to share his wonderful work, pride and honour.*

Tell us a bit about yourself?

So I guess the story goes, my name in Sanderson LeCren, I’m 21 years old and from Edmonton in Canada. I’ve been playing guitar for nearly 10 years and couldn’t turn down the opportunity to learn how to build them. I mean what job could beat building custom guitars? So I went to a school in Calgary called ‘Fretworks’, ran by my teacher Miles.

And your favourite bands and guitarists?

My favourite bands? Well there’s a few, Pantera of course, Damageplan, Down, Metallica (older stuff), Cannibal Corpse, Slayer, Acid Bath, Lamb of God, Megadeth, Black Label… those would be the top ones.

As for Guitarists? Obviously the greatest wizard of all, Dimebag! Also Zakk Wylde, Dave Mustaine, Hendrix, Randy Rhoads, Mark Morton, Willie Adler, Hetfield, Hammet, Jack Owen, others from Cannibal… Rusay, O’Brien, Barrett and Yngwie Malmsteen is a pretty crazy guitarist.

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So what’s the story behind the guitar?

Well before I went to Fretworks, it wasn’t long after Dime had passed, which of course was a huge blow. After it happened I felt very lucky to have at least seen the man up close on stage, doing what he did best with Pantera (on their last tour). I mean Dime has been a huge influence on me when it comes to metal and playing it. I’m always try to play the songs and see if I can keep up with him.

So when it came time to think about what to build, I HAD to make a tribute guitar in his honour. So that’s why I built it.

And about the building process?

How I built it wasn’t entirely different from most. It’s a set-neck guitar, the neck is maple and the body is 2 pieces made from alder. Other than the first few rough stages everything’s pretty much handmade.

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The neck I shaped out, the inlays are hand sawed. I wanted to put some kind of picture on it and before I ran out of time I said screw it, I want it on there. So I chose a picture and finished it in time.

The only thing is, I would of rather have used different, more matching materials, but there wasn’t much around. So my teacher just said use what’s in the shop, which was pretty much just pick-guard plastic and a bit of metal, pearl, and abalone. But I was happy with the way it turned out.

Everything else was pretty much just routing cavities and sanding the thing, which I enjoy. And of course one the best bits is getting the package in the mail with all the parts of hardware, and putting them all on and bringing it to life. There’s nothing quite like building a guitar with your hands – especially for such a great man like Dime. He deserves it!

So what sort on paints and hardware did you use?

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Well I’m not sure how well you can see the paint but it really stands out in the sunlight, which is why I took the pictures outside. But it’s a ‘Mercedes-Benz’ black metal flake paint with the highlighted bevels, which was put on by ‘Baker Boyz Designs’ here in Edmonton.

On the headstock are Dime’s initials with his years, which are mother of pearl, as are the 24 frets with a R.I.P. 12th fret inlay.

As mentioned, the main inlay I kind of decided to do at the last minute. Most of it is pick-guard plastic. His strap is abalone and his shorts, pocket and parts of his guitar are from a silver metal plate.

The metal plate on the back of the guitar was made by ‘The Rod Factory’, also in
Edmonton, who specialize in hot rods and muscle cars. The plate has a teardrop for clearance of the Floyd Rose bridge. (Nice Touch – Ed)

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Other than that, the only thing is that eventually I’d like to switch pickups for the Dimebucker (bridge) and another Seymour Duncan for the neck – Just to make it a true tribute. But it’s not like the pickups on there now don’t shred!

Anyways, I plan on making a business out of this and calling it Sandman Guitars.

Well we think that’s a great name, a great idea and a great tribute!

Contact Sanderson at: san_man333@hotmail.com