SOLD!!! "Sultans of Pearl 2" (Tribute to Mark) price starts at 3300€ SOLD!!! A new one is being built - write for info.
Check out this guitar test on Youtube: https://youtu.be/cdLzeisHwu0
In the mid 70´s a guitar sound emerged that brought back the love for the strat. This guitar is saying thanks Mark Knopfler and I hope it does your song justice.
PLEASE NOTE:SOLD! ....but.... I´m building a similar one. This one has matching abalone pick up frames. I now build the "Sultans" with recessed pick-ups and matching abalone pick-up covers. If you really like these frames I can build her that way too!
This is a top of the line Pearlvibe. The price is €2650,- with the amazing Fingertips switching.
A pearl top on a strat is a real challenge because this super hard and brittle material is extremely difficult when it comes to bending and fitting the contours of a vintage strat. It is also extremely thin. All pickup cutouts must be painstakingly done by hand WITHOUT a router. No pickguards here to ease the process. A pickguard would only detract from the beauty and elegant shading. The results speak for themselves. A sleek work of art that captures the eye.
This is the all out rainbow abalone but with larger shell pieces and less of the radical PAUA effect – more gradual color variations and contours: Blue green prevails with hues of gold, silver, rose and lavender. The colors change with every movement and change of angle. I can”t capture this effect on film. The reflections are nothing short of fantastic and work with stage lighting, sunlight or in the shade with poor lighting, equally well.
The glow and wild coloring of this guitar captivates the eyes and is meant for the stage or in the hands of a serious collector. Nature is the artist. I just lovingly put it all together.
I round off the whole picture with a dramatic dark blue burst on the edges and contours. Sides and back are airbrushed in darkblue to light blue to a surf blue to achieve that tasty depth my guitars are known for. I call this my “wisp” style, where I develop abstract shapes and layer them, a layer at a time all the while adding transparent shading.A literal cavalcade of Colors, hues and intertwining Abstract shapes. Very tasty! I spend hours to achieve that deep shading of intertwining shapes on back and sides: Dramatic shapes, intricate shading and foremost -depth that is achieved through color and shades. Great care is taken to get the sides, edges and contours of the strat to shine a deep, deep transparent blue.
Please note: You can not compare the burst finish of a factory guitar with the deep blue burst of the "Sultan". This guitar is alive and changes hues with the slightest movement.
I lacquer all my bodies with a combination of nitrocellulose and then three very thin coats of 2 component poly urethane. The coats are so thin that you can actually see the fine grain of the abalone at extreme angles. This assures you that there is as little lacquer as possible so that the body can resonate.
Specs.: Vintage bright and resonant two piece red alder body weighing in at 1,9 Kg. Vintage C shaped strat neck with a warm deep honey color. 10 inch radius and medium jumbo frets. The neck is flat cut, medium weight and more middy in tone to balance out the alder. The grain is a 10 or grade AAAA Canadian flamed maple worthy of this body. The deep honey maple is a fine match for the blue green Paua and the neck flames are stunning. Vintage skunkstripe in all of my guitars: one piece maple neck for that sought after “snap”.
Professional quality gold hardware: vintage tremolo, Wilkinson locking tuners.
Neck and bridgeplate are always hand-fitted. ´The necks fit snugly like they should. I really on my eyes because a template can easily be off whack resulting in poor string alignment. You´ll often see this effect on factory instruments.
I put matching blue abalone pickup frames around the matching pickup covers. You can barely make out the pickups – a very uniform and beautiful effect.
NO PLASTIC on any of my guitars. Putting plastic covers or pickguards on fine guitars is like putting vinyl seats in a Ferrari!
Three back cavity covers in matching blue abalone will be added.NO plastic - just real pearl hand painted in matching blueburst.
ELECTRICS:German Häussel handwound vintage strat pickups for an authentic vintage tone. I stick to the vintage windings and combination of alnico 2 and 5. This way I can capture that sought after tone.
A three-way Gibson pickup selector and a second volume pot that controls only the middle pickup. You BLEND IN the middle pickup with this pot in any strength you like or turn it up all the way to get the standard bridge–mid; mid-neck or ALL three pickups together for a beautiful almost acoustic sound. Brent Mason uses this switching on his famous three pickup tele. It´s effective and also very fast.
EXTRAS:Last but not least, all three pickups can be wired with the Fingertips Switching:Three miniswitches that enable 13 distinct sounds – the 5 vintage sounds you get on a five way switch along with 3 more distinct and great sounding parallel sounds and combinations and 4 more fat and more powerful SERIES (wired like a humbucker)sounds. 13 sounds altogether and all very fast and at your fingertips. This will turn this Strat into a Strat/Tele Killer. Go to my demo soundfiles: Menu - DVD/Video soundfiles to hear this switching in action.
13 distinct sounds :Vintage to lead to fat that are natural and not achieved with any effects. Four of these sounds are not available on any factory instruments! Please email me at email@example.com for a pricequote on the Fingertps switching. It is time consuming to install because there are more than 28 soldering joints as compared to 8 on a standard five way switch. Check out my Youtube demos!
My favorite clean strat tones: Knopfler…Knopfler, Clapton, John Mayer, Richard Thompson, Steve Bruton. I try to achieve these clean tones.
I get a fine strat tone just like you would expect. Spanky, responsive yet mellow and not thin. The combination of bridge – mid as well all three in parallel sound exceptionally good and quacky. The Fingertips Switching adds a lot, especially adding control over your overdrive. Write me for a sound demo: Info@Pearlvibeguitars.com or Fingertips@web.de Call me up and I´ll even test it over the phone for you.
Please note! I can install almost any pickup you like. I”ll either try and acquire them myself or you can send a set of your favorites directly to me. They just have to fit into a standard strat cavity. Please write for a quote.
Please note that this guitar is pictured WITHOUT back cavity covers. I am going to add some nice blue genuine pearl covers- no plastic.