I´m building another one without a B- Bender
A light orange to gold burst is always a challenge. I needed a few tries to get the color and blending just right. I am pleased with the gradual blend of red-orange, yellow-orange to cream white. It wasn´t easy and took many steps with the airbrush to get it just right.
Matching this very rare and costly white abalone was difficult and time consuming but I learned a bit from my „Golden Halo“.
I used a blue Abalone on this one. The shell pieces are somewhat larger giving the overall impression of patchwork. Adding a deep,dark blue transparent burst fits very well to this type of abalone. It gives it that mysterious appearance. This is the only tele with blue Abalone on BOTH sides; front and back. Always kept paper thin so there is no negative effect on tone.
I started with a light two-piece bright sounding swamp ash body and a flat sawn middy sounding grade AAAA flamed neck with strong flames on all sides -stained with a vintage amber color. The neck has beautiful very uniform stripes and flames. SPECS:All vintage 50´s measurements except for the deep contour on the upper armrest. The neck a vintage C with medium jumbo frets and 10 inch radius for easy bends, Hand shaped, comfortable and very fast to play with lots of sustain.I contoured the arm rest like a strat for comfort and greatly rounded all edges to get a sleek look and feel. This also enables me to use less lacquer (combination of nitro cellulose and 2 component urethane) and much thinner coats for assured good resonance.
I used the rarest of white Abalone I could get a hold of and sorted through very many pieces to find those that had fantastic reflection, depth of ripples and color combinations.
I needed many tries altogether to get this one just right but now I am pleased with the results! Matching this very rare and costly white abalone was extremely difficult and time consuming.
I worked with extremely thin white abalone that shows any imperfection in the surface. A light shadow of the electronics cavity is visible through the thin shell at certain angles. I was not able to eliminate this. Most customers don´t even notice this "flaw".
Price: €2000,00 as pictured
I needed a many tries to get the color and blending just right because green is a real challenge. I am pleased with the gradual blend of deep forest green, green to yellow-green. It wasn´t easy and took many steps with the airbrush to get it just right.
Matching this very rare and costly white abalone was difficult and time consuming and I decided to angle the strips this time to give a different effect.
Judy Blue Eyes (aka Cool Lagoon)
Price:€2600,00 as pictured
This is an homage to Stephen Stills, David Crosby,Graham Nash and Judy Collins. Their music was an inspiration and left profound memories. Judy moved on stage as though she was flowing on a wavy ocean.I wanted to create a guitar that moved as gently as she did.
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