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Le Capitaine – a Les Paul style guitar by 42nd Street Guitars
Oct24

Le Capitaine – a Les Paul style guitar by 42nd Street Guitars

Very excited to find this guitar – and this guitar maker! Another wonderful British guitar maker too! I don’t know about you, but to me, this just screams ‘classic hot-rod guitar’. The clean, stripped down lines of a Les Paul style timeless classic pared down to its essentials – you just know how it’s going to sound, somehow. I’d love to get my ands on this to confirm what my eyes are telling me. About 42nd Street Guitars: 42nd Street Guitars was founded by Angela Arnott – the ‘Guitar Angel’ – a UK-based luthier with more than thirty years experience in vintage guitar restoration, modification and repairs. (For information regarding restoration work, repairs or painting check out our other website guitarangel.co.uk) Sensing that top-quality instruments were becoming out of reach for many players, we decided to put all our expertise and knowledge to good use, developing our own range of ‘American vintage’ inspired guitars – all built in the UK. Why did we choose the name “42nd Street Guitars”? Quite simply because 42nd Street is a place where dreams come true. All our models have carefully selected high quality hardware, electrics and components, this along with premium grade tonewoods, means 42nd street guitars are amongst the top luthier-built instruments available in the UK today. We also offer a range of upgrade and replacement bodies and necks, all finished in nitrocellulose paints and lacquers to the highest standards, and available in a variety of NOS and aged styles. Whether you want a pristine pre-aged closet classic or an authentically worn replica in your choice of vintage colour, we can customise all of our items to meet your individual needs. Our guitar kits – body, neck and carefully-aged nickel hardware – are a great way to get started in building your own custom instruments. We take care of the paintwork, while you get to enjoy putting it all together and to tweak the setup and the electronics to your requirements. All of our bodies are machined here in the UK from light weight and beautifully figured Swamp Ash, Red Alder and African Mahogany to exacting standards, and we test the fit of all neck pockets, pickguards and plates before shipping to ensure that the only concern you have is which pickups and electronics to choose and fit. We do not cut corners on our aged finishes. We start by giving your body a high quality as-new finish, with appropriate base coats and only then do we get to work in giving it an authentically aged, used, loved and worn appearance. The details matter to us – discoloured paint, unaffected colours under the pickguard and control plates, exposed primer, buckle marks and...

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Ty’s Green Dragon by Zerberus Guitars
Oct20

Ty’s Green Dragon by Zerberus Guitars

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Samurai by Manuel Ali
Oct18

Samurai by Manuel Ali

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The Dragon’s teeth …
Oct18

The Dragon’s teeth …

I posted a picture of this guitar sometime earlier but I didn’t really know anything of the backstory. However, there’s a new article all about it now at Guitar World. If you look at the pages here, there’s no shortage of exotic materials on display – shells, hardwoods, semi-precious stones (or even precious stones – remember the Flora Aurum by Jens Ritter?) etc., etc.. But what about sharks teeth – or even puppy teeth? Oh yes … luthier Virgil Mandanici (and his wife) thought that for his first guitar build ever, incorporating puppy teeth in the design might be a good idea. Well, everyone’s got a story, but when the upshot is that the guitar sells a year or so on for $17,000, I guess that’s a result and speaks to the fine qualities of the instrument as well as the imagination and craftsmanship involved. You could say Virgil well and truly signed his indenture with this one! FROM GUITAR WORLD: For inlay work, guitar builders often use all kinds of exotic materials, including shells, hardwoods, semiprecious stones and precious metals. When building his Dueling Dragons guitar, luthier Virgil Mandanici of Virgil Guitars in Tampa, Florida, utilized all of the above, but he also incorporated two more unusual materials: teeth from prehistoric sharks, for the dragons’ teeth and claws, and puppy teeth, for the dragons’ horns. “Using puppy teeth was my wife Lorrie’s idea,” Mandanici says. “She saved our puppy dogs’ teeth when they fell out, which usually happens when you are playing tug of war with them using old socks. One day she found an eyetooth from one, which I thought would make a perfect horn for the dragons. It took about a week to get the other tooth. I kept offering her a pair of pliers until that tooth finally came out!” READ MORE AT GUITAR WORLD   Share...

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Custom Resin Top by Michael Spalt
Oct17

Custom Resin Top by Michael Spalt

I post quite a lot of images of Michael Spalt’s guitars. No apologies from me …   http://www.spaltinstruments.com/ Share...

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Aristides 020 White Gold
Jul04

Aristides 020 White Gold

It’s not often that the first thing that has you fall in love with a guitar is the tone. I had not come across Aristides Instruments until a couple of days ago when Jordy Markus contacted me. I browsed the website and what took my eye most was this 020 ‘White Gold’ model. What blew me away, though, was this video demo: Just love that clean tone! I know there’s bags of reverb there, but what a warm, open, but amazingly sparkly tone? There are plenty of video demos on the Aristides website if you want to explore the high gain possibilities and some guitars are brilliant instruments for metal. Where does that tone come from though? Well, these guitars are not made from wood. They are made from a material called Arium. To quote from the website: Arium is a material produced from different special resins and microscopically small vibrationsensitive glass particles. A wear-resistant cover made of glass and carbon fiber protects the sensitive mixture when it is inserted in its Aluminum mould. The material has several advantages as compared to wood: wood cannot vibrate in the direction of the fiber and it therefore forces sound waves to resonate only two-dimensionally. Arium in contrast, has no fiber structure and it vibrates three-dimensionally, which does not only extend the sustain considerably, but also enhances the acoustic sound volume. As it does not contain any water, it is more stable than wood, it reacts less to temperature fluctuations and humidity, has a conspicuously more stable tuning, and requires less maintenance. Fifteen years of research led to a tonematerial with amazing acoustic features. The possibility to build an one-piece construction combined with the unique cell-structure of the material resulted in a revolutionary property: the sound waves could resonate three dimensional without any disruption throughout the whole instrument. Well – hearing is believing. Would love to get my hands on one some day! http://www.aristidesinstruments.com/ Share...

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