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A rekindling of past loves forged the genesis of my custom semi-hollow electric guitar. Echoing cherished memories of my old 1978 and 1981 Ibanez Artists, and borrowing from the Gibson 339 body shape, I embarked on a journey with Jubilee Original Guitars to breathe life into a dream guitar.
Jon and Keith of Jubilee played pivotal roles, from the design to the final touch, every stage was a testament to craftsmanship. The locally-sourced pine body pairs impeccably with a book-matched curly maple top, stained in mesmerizing black/blue. The maple neck is an ode to the forests of my youth, with intricate curly maple double binding and a rosewood fretboard adorned with mother-of-pearl inlays.
Sonically, this guitar is reminiscent of a vibraphone, possessing a mallet-like, percussive quality that’s distinctly unique. The emotion it exudes when played is palpable; a reflection of the memories attached to it. A tribute to my roots, its timbre is shaped by Maxon/Ibanez vintage mini humbucker and Super 58 neck pickup, while D’addario chromes .11 strings bring forth its voice.
Beyond its auditory and aesthetic beauty, this guitar is a sentimental voyage. Much of its wood is harvested from the very forests I roamed in my younger days. But, the most heartfelt aspect of this instrument is the reconnection with Keith. Known to me for nearly four decades, our collaboration after 20+ years apart made this guitar more than just an instrument; it became a symbol of rekindled friendships and a homage to our shared past.
BODY – ONE PIECE LOCALLY SOURCED PINE BODY
- BOOKMATCHED LOCALLY SOURCED CURLY MAPLE TOP
- DOUBLE STAINED BLACK/BLUE TOP
- DOUBLE STAINED CURLY MAPLE DOUBLE BOUND BODY
NECK – LOCALLY SOURCED LIGHTLY FIGURED ONE PIECE QUARTER SAWN MAPLE NECK WITH ROSEWOOD FRETBOARD
- DOUBLE STAINED CURLY MAPLE NECK BINDING
- MOTHER OF PEARL FRETBOARD INLAYS
- DOUBLE STAINED CURLY MAPLE HEADSTOCK OVERLAY
- CUSTOM LASER ENGRAVED IMAGE ON HEADSTOCK REVERSE
- EMTECH EM6000 WATERBORN LACQUER THROUGHOUT
- JUMBO FRETWIRE
- GOTOH 510 ‘BLACK CHROME’ TUNERS
- GOTOH ‘BLACK CHROME’ BRIDGE & TAILPIECE
- HAND CARVED BONE NUT
- MAXON/IBANEZ VINTAGE MINI HUMBUCKER BRIDGE & SUPER 58 NECK PICKUP
- CTS PREMIUM POTENTIOMETERS
- 1 11/16″ NUT WIDTH
- 12″ FRETBOARD RADIUS
- 24 3/4″ SCALE LENGTH
- TITEBOND “ORIGINAL” WOOD GLUE USED EXCLUSIVELY
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