Yamaha Weddington Custom pictures
Here are a few pictures of my new Weddington Custom, taken before the last of the autumn leaves fall.
The maple top is nicely flamed. Maybe not up to McNaught’s “double diamond” grade, but at least as good as most “AAA,” maybe even some of the “AAAA” Gibson Les Pauls I’ve seen recently and certainly rivaling most of the recent non-10-top PRS’. Moreover, the maple top must be at least 5/8” thick. Nice.
I think some would consider the mother-of-pearl and abalone inlays over-the-top, but they are perfectly done and the sine wave echos the shape of the upper bout. Nice. Very nice.
The body is a single slab of mahagony. I haven’t measured it yet, but I’m guessing it’s close to 2” thick. Yamaha was cutting down some old growth forests to build these babies! The neck is a laminate of mahagony and lightly flamed maple. I think many guitar players dislike laminated necks for some reason, though they’re common enough on basses. Not sure why they haven’t gained more widespread acceptance as a well-done laminate is stronger than a single board and the sonic qualities of differing woods can be combined.
And check out the heel, if you can call it that—the entire back of the body simply blends together.
Overall, this is a very well put-together instrument. Even the finish is still in outstanding condition after 15 years. Yes, it was worth the wait.