12/30/2014 12:36:33 PM
And now, ladies & gentlemen, I will finally give context to all the mysterious posts that have popped up over the past few weeks so that my 12 readers can finally rest at ease.
I have an item on my bucket list that I am going to be able to fulfill. I have had some extra work come my way that took quite a bit of time & effort, and my reward is being able to tick something off that list.
Ever since I started playing guitar back in the late 80s, I’ve always eyed the high-end customs. Eyed from a distance, well beyond the roped off areas because I never could afford one. But I’ve always wanted to go to a Gibson, Paul Reed Smith or Carvin and say “I want a guitar with this paint job, these pickups, and this neck” and have it made my way. Not because I’m a guitar god (I’m not. I’m not even a minor guitar deity) but a guitar can be a work of art that can be enjoyed both visually and aurally. Generally, I’m a function over form guy any day but not any more.
When I thought of ‘custom’, I always though big brand names with customizable options – much like buying a car and choosing heated seats and the cool pinstripe on the back. I never once thought of a completely custom built guitar from the ground up from an individual luthier. And that’s exactly what I’m doing.
I’m getting a custom guitar from Virgil Guitars. The wood from the other day? That’s the flamed maple that will be the carved top. The other pictures? Those are my designs for the custom inlays that will be on the fret board. There will be a Colt Army Single Action (with mother-of-pearl handles, of course) inlaid between the 19th & 12th fret. The 3, 5, 7 and 9 markers will be tumbling cartridges (with the brass cases actually inlaid brass). Beneath the pistol near the 24th fret, there will be a smoking spent case. I’m doing my own design to give to Virgil to inlay, so this guitar will have my artwork design in it.
This will be VG #20 named ‘La Pistola’.
The body style will be identical to The Volcano. Mine will have a fixed bridge instead of a tremolo and I’ve not decided on the color yet. It will most certainly be burst, but not in red as my PRS is red. The pickups will be custom wound to ensure plenty of mid-range, or as the synesthete in me ‘sees’ it – a “blue” tone for the neck and sizzling leads / chunky rhythm for the bridge. When I played the Volcano, we could get the neck to sound almost like an 80’s slap bass – the tone was amazing (feel free to read my testimonial).
The great thing about Virgil Guitars is that I will get to see the progress. Virgil uploads tons of images to the book-face thing, takes lots of pictures & video, and even gives you a DVD of the build process when it’s done. Add in the fact he’s 5 miles away from where I work, and I can personally drop by to see the thing come to shape. This is a process you won’t get if you order from the big guys.
Of course, being a blog, I will post these pictures here as well. As I finalize the artwork, I’ll put it up too. The hard part will be the 5 month wait as it all comes together.
When I say this will be epic, I mean it. And you’ll get to watch the journey as well!