Sunday, December 12, 2010

Recent builds

'The Baron' is one of three guitars I managed to create in the past couple weeks.   It's named for the overall character and simplicity of design.  One thing I've discovered is that when I like a design element, I'm going to stick with it whenever possible.  Thus the headstock, it works for both 3- and 4-string instruments.  The body of The Baron is an Arturo Fuente Opus X, which is really a nice box.  It's clean and stylish and offers just the right amount of spice to make the design comfortable.  It's one of my favorites, and it plays very well.  Super tone coming out of the Spanish cedar, and a lot of sustain.

The 'Delta Boogie' is a resonator created from a rugged Kristoff cigar box, a 6-inch pot pie tin I found in an antique store for the resonator, an oak neck, poplar fingerboard, nickle frets, a stainless steel door stike for a tailpiece, the bridge bisquet is handmade from cedar and balsa and includes a transducer pickup like all the other guitars, and a little Blackfoot injunuity.  It has a gutteral sound and it's awesome when played with a slide, although it can be picked and sounds very good as well . . . but, the slide makes it come alive with the blues.

The 'Pantie Dropper' is a sister to the 'Orion', same box and style with the exception of a couple small items, and that it is a 3-string.  I don't quite know what it is about this box, but it has an awesome sustain, and it booms when it's played acoustically.  It sounds so good, it'll make a girl dance right out'a her jeans.  And, when it is lighted up through the amp, it rocks.

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