VIDEO: I'd love to tell you more, but I can't. I can say the guitar is one I built. Komet 50 watt head into THD 2x12, no effects or channel switching (just guitar gain ride). Both players are excellent, and you know them: Sjuggs & Brett. People, get ready.
The insect collection embedded in my radiator grill multiplies with unfamiliar species as the inline six pushes through hours of slow hills and tall pines sparsely punctuated by cotton fields. Deciduous northeast woodlands replaced by southeast coniferous, almost a monoculture.
I daydream of southern split pine, white grain open and fragrant, yielding with fluttering fine curls to the thrust of a tool.
We'll get there, all in good time.
But first, let's roll to the coast. Because I miss getting wet. Every great journey to semi-arid grassy plains of the heartland needs must begin at the ocean.
Looking at the map, in New Jersey, it seemed like the most enjoyable travel route west to Texas was by heading south along the East Coast and visiting friends: Cliff, Killick, Steve. The shortest distance between two points is through relationships. Without people to love and enjoy and connect with, life is just scenery.
PHOTO: Steve Sjuggerud captures a luthier-turned-pro-surfer's moment of fleeting balance. My perspective on surfing was mostly the sky as seen through foaming water. Steve's actually an excellent instructor (and experienced surfer). Until this first time on a board, I'd never imagined the sheer physicality of the sport...do a fast pushup on a wobbling surface and pivot in the air to land on your feet. Then the ride begins. Absolutely loved it. Steve...thank you!
PHOTO (above): Cliff Cultreri has brought you music you know and love, including: Metallica, Guns & Roses, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai. Now he's on a mission to help you find your perfect guitar. Cliff is an amazing human being, with a fantastic sense of humor and force of willpower, founding Destroy All Guitars from his hospital bed. Captivated @ 2 A.M. with the recently completed T2 Remix guitar.
Bob received the T2 Remix today and he is absolutely over the moon madly in love with it. He gets it...he not only loves the feel of the neck but he hears how it transfers and projects the sound. He has a lot of wooden neck guitars that I think he wants to dispose of right about now.
I need a Strat a Tele and a Les Paul version for myself...then and only then will I feel complete and be happy.
Congratulations on a magnificent design.
PHOTO (below): Killick and 'Walrus' deserve a dedicated post. But an introduction here will be useful...I was inspired to build this guitar for him. He is inspired to play it. Brave, we are, heading into fretless multi-scale territory. Go further, my friend!
Rick and Laura,
All these tracks were recorded on Sunday (except for track 3)...I love the little bits of extra noise and hiss I got as I was learning how to optimize my new pedalboard system. The inconsistencies make it sound like a long-lost field recording. The instruments I use are listed:
The Walrus is on the last four tracks. I get jazzy! I hope you enjoy!
Peace and Love,