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My studio processes involve working with a variety of guitar design ideas using actual instruments, rather than just experimental lab rigs. I want to know how something feels in my hand or how a concept plays in a practical situation. At any given time in my shop, there are a half-dozen on-going prototypical builds in progress besides the high-end commissions and carved instruments. That's just the way I work and always have. I'm constantly working on new ideas and pushing my skills to places they've never been or to make sure they don't stagnate.
One of the working models morphed into a fretless 6-string project which got close enough to being a finished instrument that I decided to complete it and make it available. I've dubbed it the "Lazarus," because it's taken on a whole new life as one of my fretless instruments.
basswood and walnut w/big leaf maple top
Neck: walnut w/drop-down 3x3 headstock, maple backplate, maple logo inlay, moderate V carve, slightly assymetrical
Fretboard: East Indian rosewood, 24 inlaid maple fretlines, 25" scale, 12" radius, white sidemarkers, abalone fretmarkers
Nut: ebony, 1.70" width
Pickups: single Kent Armstrong humbucker
Switching: volume control only
Tuners: gold 3x3 with brown pearloid buttons
Finish: aniline dye under hand-rubbed Tru-oil
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