The music we have all grown to love: Rock, blues, folk, country is quickly fading and becoming a thing of the past. Unfortuneately, it has become "past oriented" ; everyone is clamoring to grab an old tele or strat before they are all gone. Since they are so limited, NEW ones are being built that just look OLD and are being called VINTAGE. This is like Ferarri building a new Testarossa and then scratching it up, treating it with steel wool soaked in vinegar, cracking the finish with liquid nitrogen ......and so on and calling it a classic.
Or imagine Gibson in the 1950`s just copying Fenders Teles instead of creating the Les Paul with flamed maple top. I think you get the point. Quality, creativity and true art always pays in the end.
If the music we love is to survive, new guitars - new approaches and designs (that are still vintage oriented) have to be built.
I´m doing my part in taking guitarbuilding and design to the next level and "keeping the music alive": A VINTAGE guitar of the future, so to speak.
What YOU should know about Pearlvibe (OR – who has no business being on this site) Sounds a bit provocative doesnt it?
In an age of deplorable „ugly“, a time of conforming debauchery and tastelessness – the attempt alone of capturing beauty will confound most people and cause them to act like a ground mole blinded by looking at sunlight after years of darkness. Those who see it for the first time defensively call it „BLING“, trying to downplay something completely foreign to their eyes.
My guitars are dedicated to the search for beauty. Each and everyone is concieved and crafted with this in mind. If I achieve this quest then it is not my doing alone. The One that created such beautiful materials as Abalone, Pearl, precious woods, gems, crystals (the list goes on) is the true artist. I just put it all together. Call it art if you like – but I´m not the artist.
Then there is the tone and playability: Does anyone really want great tone today? Stupid question, you might say. Well then listen to the monotonous desensitizing Lemming jibberish being called music today and show me where great tone is even an issue. When was the last time you heard a fantastic tone that caught your ear and gave you goosebumps? When was the last time you heard a beautiful melody in the music of today?
In an age of audial trash a beautiful tone is often overlooked and sometimes ridiculed.
In a time of lies, truth is scoffed at as being naive.
If good honest workmanship, critical thinking and dedication are to be ridiculed then the joke is on me. BUT I refuse to compromise to mindless trends and silly fads.
In a time of consuming decadence and deception by ommission honest accountability and decent principles are like a breath of fresh air.
So, if you have read this far you belong to a very small minority. Take a deep breath of fresh air! Enjoy discovering my creative process. I hope that some of the beauty I worked so very hard at achieving will touch something deep within you.
A Custom Made Electric Guitar - Why?
If you are tired of that silly fad of owning a guitar that was artificially aged and made to look roadworn; artficially turned into a "wreck". If you don´t want to play " make-believe" or "show and tell" and follow a fad like a lemming, then read on:
Most of us are in search of beauty. We have just come to accept that there is a lack of it today.
Don´t forget,the fads of today produce the junk of tommorow. If so, it´s time for a change. Afterall, after the Dark Ages came the Renaissance........................ Now let´s talk about guitars!
Electric guitar players struggle with factory guitar shortcomings: buzzing, uncomfortable necks, inexpensive electronics, poor fret and nut work – and MOST OF ALL – uninspiring, run of the mill design and looks usually topped off with a cheap plastic pickguard.
Here two customer guitars with added custom pickguards and custom switching. No cheap plastic on a Pearlvibe!
Players then often invest their time and money changing the neck, hardware, and pickups – usually with mixed results! YOU CAN´T change the paint job or looks. This guitar will look like a million others like it. You are stuck with a lot of cheap plastic paid for with your good money.Customers actually contact me when they are frustrated with their current guitar and ask me to add a beautiful abalone top, do a custom paint job or add the FINGERTIPS circuit. (Go to DVD/AUDIOFILES to hear this circuit in action - 12 sounds)."Oh yeah, when you are at it, add one of those fantastic flamed maple necks grade AAA".
When you decide to have a custom guitar made by Pearlvibe you decide on features rarely or never offered on factory models. If they are offered by factories then we are talking about very expensive guitars. Let´s face it, major companies have a great name and can ask for prices beyond $4000,- for their custom shop specials. They are not that special at all. They actually fade to grey next to a custom built Pearlvibe, for example. I´ve witnessed this many times in my studio when customers bring in their expensive Custom Shop guitars that were artificially aged and made to look roadworn and then compare them to one of my custom handmade guitars. All of them are suddenly silent and capitulate to the rare beauty and are simply overwhelmed by the looks, quality and tone.. They realize that they have given in to a silly fad, but that´s another story.
Playing guitars in music stores, you find one neck is too big, next one has sharp edges, another the fret wire size is wrong. No matter how good a guitar looks or sounds, if the neck doesn’t feel right and play the way you want, you won’t be happy. You very rarely find a beautiful flamed maple neck because this wood simply is very hard to find and extremely expensive.
With a handmade custom not only the nut is accurate, intonation is adjusted properly, frets are leveled, crowned and polished to eliminate buzzing. I also spend time hand shaping the neck in the final stage so that it feels like you have played it for years. I test and play it for WEEKS.
Maximized Guitar Intonation and Playability
Have you ever picked up a guitar that won’t play in tune because the nut is cut too high or because it wasn’t set up properly? Most mass-produced guitar makers do not pay special attention to the final details. A custom builder spends a lot of additional time going over every detail to meet high playability standards for setup, fretwork and nut.
The end goal is to allow you to play your guitar without limitation; to just make music and not fight your guitar.
With a wood guitar, it takes awhile for it to settle in under string tension. After assembly and setup, I let the guitar sit strung to pitch. I tune it and check the relief every day to make sure there is no movement in the neck and I set up the guitar to specs again.I then do a final setup on pick-up height and do a final finish polishing and string it up with the best strings. I want your guitar to be as stable as possible and arrive at your house playing the same as when it left my shop.
Just Great Sound and Tone
Most manufactured guitars come with one set of pickups or hardware per model. Do you honestly believe that the body WOOD is specially hand selected after aging? I know for a fact that it is not.
With a custom guitar, you can choose the right pickups, body wood and wiring scheme that will dial in your signature sound.You can have custom switching and circuits designed for your needs (e.g.my Fingertips switching). I work with only the best high-quality pickups that have convinced me through their TONE – NOT their HYPE. I´m open to try your favorite pickup if it is good. I spend a lot of time adjusting the height of the pickups to get the tone right. To reduce buzzing, all of my guitars are shielded with copper foil, and all cavities are connected to a common ground to be as quiet as they can be.
Highest Quality Guitar Parts
Nothing is worse than coming home with your new guitar and realizing the tuners need replacing, the nut is plastic, or the pots are scratchy and feel cheap. You begin to realize you are going to need to change a lot of parts to get this guitar close to what you want. When you order a custom guitar, you work with the builder to select the highest quality heavy-duty components (tuners, knobs, bridges) to achieve the best playing and sounding guitar.
Airbrush Paint Job and Finishes, genuine Abalone Tops
Mass-produced guitars offer a limited list of stock colors because they buy in large quantities and don’t have space and time to switch paints for every build. The finish might come with flaws because the guitar is quickly buffed once or twice right from the paint booth and that’s it.
Your custom guitar finish is one aspect where you can let your imagination run wild to make your guitar look amazing. I´ll help you with my experience, because let´s face it, no one else works with these thrilling materials like abalone and pearl tops. The airbrush paint job is my artistic expression and I will spend over a week to get the painting the way I want it. Call it artistic pride, if you like.
I add clearcoats and sand extensively to keep the coats as thin and hard as possible. They also provide that all important ultraviolet ray protection. Nitro varnish does not protect at all and will allow the colors to fade and yellow with time. Check out the old 70´s Anniversary Stratocasters. They started out as SILVER guitars. Today they are GREEN METALLIC!
I start out with a coat of nitrocellulose but end up with super hard 2 component urethane for full protection. Urethane also feels very silky and great on the neck. It doesn´t feel sticky like nitro.
Take a look at all the Pearlvibes and the different building steps. Listen to the Soundfiles under Menu:DVD/Video,Soundfiles to hear the guitars and the Fingertips Switching in action.