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ppgf

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i recently had the opportunity to acquire this extraordinary instrument (which national treasure michael stevens created for austin based guitarist mitch watkins in 1999).
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renderit

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Meh. OK, I'll take it off your hands if you make me. Send it overnight. Right now before your window of opportunity closes. Holy crap that thing looks awesome! Don't tell him. I think he's actually going to send it to me! Post some more pics. I'd like to see the control cavity. Is it semi-hollow?
 

ultra

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i recently had the opportunity to acquire this extraordinary instrument (which national treasure micheal stevens created for austin based guitarist mitch watkins in 1999).
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Perfection. 24.65" or 25.5" ?
 

Zentar

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I can't even imagine how he cut that cover on the back. Very precision cut. Looks like he cut it out then routed it. He had to have shaved the cover off. Did he use a blade or saw? Reeks of a skilled artist/craftsman.
 

Pellman73

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that thing is jaw dropping

I second renderit's question--- is it solid or semi hollow?

that control cavity plate is one of the coolest things I"ve ever seen. I"m not sure I've seen that.

the layout of the volume/control/knobs and switch is really elegant. never seen that either. whats funny is you have different knobs in some pics! are you deciding?

maybe some top hat w reflector inserts?!?!

http://www.ebay.com/p/Gibson-Top-Hat-Style-Knobs-w-Metal-Insert-Gold-w-Gold/1100139590

silver might be even better!

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Gibson-Les-...457367?hash=item4b10fb6257:g:17IAAOSwzJ5XeG5g

what does it sound like in the various pickup positions?
 

Anje

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Wow that's awesome Matte! congrats :salude
A trem ES, THAT is something I'd love playing as it looks to mix 2 of my all time preferred guitars; I'm very curious how it feels/sounds.
 

ppgf

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hello all. thanks for the good word. michael stevens is indeed an extraordinary builder and human. this guitar is semi hollow.
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Is this the same guy who was building Korina Gibson forgeries?

This is basically a Gibson ES-335 with a Strat trem. Real original :wah
 

ppgf

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he's the guy who started the fender custom shop. ever hear of it?

totally different size, materials and construction from a 335 but thanks for sharing your pma! 🤘🤖👍

Is this the same guy who was building Korina Gibson forgeries?

This is basically a Gibson ES-335 with a Strat trem. Real original :wah
 

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PPGF--

is that you playing!

very impressive!!! you are shredding the SH&T out of that thing.

that video effect was trippy too where it almost looked like an animation.

and the stuff about the builder was great. thanks for sharing! what a great guitar.
 

ppgf

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hello pellman73, thanks for the good word. those clips are indeed me playing.

michael stevens is an american
treasure. extraordinary builder and human. here's the first guitar that he ever built for me.

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PPGF--

is that you playing!

very impressive!!! you are shredding the SH&T out of that thing.

that video effect was trippy too where it almost looked like an animation.

and the stuff about the builder was great. thanks for sharing! what a great guitar.
 

ppgf

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here's the one sheet fender custom shop was distributing at the 2017 namm show.
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