Bancika MK2


This project is started before MK1 guitar but I changed my mind about Floyd Rose so I decided to start new guitar from scratch with higher priority. MK2 should be less “hard-core-shredding” guitar than MK1, but the highlight here is on luxury and of course high quality. Body is hand painted by my aunt (she’s a professional painter) and it took few months to complete because it has many small details. Basically, it’s done with three colors: red, yellow and black and all elements are taken from ancient Egyptian letters/paintings. It has beautiful fixed Schaller bridge with fine tuners and golden string saddles.

  • 25.5″ scale
  • Schaller fixed bridge with fine tuners, recessed into the body for low profile feel.
  • Tom Brantley hand wound pickups, similar to Seymour Duncan 78, very well defined and bright but not shrill tone.
  • Grover tuners.
  • Maple neck with modern C profile, rosewood fingerboard with 12″ radius and medium-sized frets.
  • European elm body, dense and heavy, sonically between ash and mahogany. Shape is modernized strat, loosely inspired by Ibanez JS.

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7 Responses to “Bancika MK2”
  1. Vivi says:

    Hi! Wondering which kind of paint she used to freehand?

    • bancika says:

      Hey. She used nitro-cellulose paint and fine brushes she normally uses to paint on canvas.

  2. Andre says:

    Great artwork!

  3. Buddy M. says:

    Did you post how you did this finish anywhere? It’s an amazing finish, one that is the most unusual finish I’ve ever seen. I would love to try to build one like it. The first thing that went through my mind was one of the paisley print guitar finishes. Man, yours is just wonderful! If you have a place where you described it, could you let me know. If not could you post just a few blurbs about how you did it. – Buddy

  4. Spud says:

    Hi Bane –

    Spud here from AX84 – your new site is great. I also love this guitar. The art work is fantastic. I would love to see the final product. Any pics available. Take care and keep on Rock’in!


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