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those of you who have been in the vintage guitar game know that michael stevens is an american treasure. i recently had the opportunity to write this article about a great builder and friend, as part of their spread on the fender custom shop.
i recently took delivery of this extraordinary instrument from english super builder damian probett. ostensibly a burst in double cut clothing. old growth honduras mahogany, eastern maple, amazonian rosewood board, royalite binding. check the pickups. rod mag alnico 5 4 conductor hums.
got this a few years back from my friend alex. it was one of four artists proofs built in the fender r&d model shop for an artist model that never saw the light of day. i've offered it for sale a couple of times but it's just too much guitar for most people. i have now embraced it.
been working to put together my ultimate blackguard. after a few years of swapping out components, i landed here and couldn't be happier with the results.
*old lentz trussrod free neck (@ least .950"-1" soft v, 9.5" radius, vintage frets)
*super light fender custom shop nos esquire body
those who know me know that i'm a korina fiend. not surprisingly, my favorite iteration of the r9 series was the brief run of 2008 korina/western maple joints. huge necks, light weight *solid* bodies. extremely resonant and and absolute joy to play.
been looking for one for years, after...
recently had the opportunity to acquire the proto for the stevens neo classic.
exceptional instrument by a legendary builder.
double white tom holmes (450 neck/455 bridge)
carved eastern red maple top
honduras mahogany back and neck
brazilian rosewood fingerboard
über builder and restoration guru dominick ramos laced this up for me.
the donors were:
g.e. smith neck
2005 loaded eric johnson body
dom re-radiused the board on the g.e. smith neck to "12, dropped in 6105s and reshaped the neck to a soft v. outside of the re-radius, the full depth of the...
here's a little ditty (completely off the dome) utilizing the half step whole step scale.
<iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/129970064" width="500" height="500" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen="" mozallowfullscreen="" allowfullscreen=""></iframe> .5/whole from roe bocoptick on Vimeo.
not only is tom one of the most generous burst guys on the planet, he's also a tone maven. check the 2 johan gustavsson guitars with the bursts.
i met johan on this board, back in 2001. his guitars continue to fuel my music. great to see tom's enthusiasm for this extraordinary builder.
i asked johan gustavsson to climb into a time machine set to 225 parsons street, kalamazoo mi, in 1959.
•rock maple top
•old growth honduras mahogany back and neck(.890"-.990" soft v)
•brazilian rosewood board
•holly veneer headstock overlay