PHOTOS: Element™ is the most advanced guitar neck in the world. Single billet machined aircraft grade aluminum. Proprietary Fretboard Flare™ improves string bending. Machined stainless steel multi-scale nut matches the polished stainless steel frets and provides consistent open and fretted string tone. Element™ neck combines with the patented Intonation Cantilever™ modular guitar bridges to capture unrivaled response and clarity on this Spearfish™ 6-string guitar.
The fragrance of these woods is so familiar. I've dreamed it from a distance. Leaf decay adds subtle mineral notes, underscoring the spring growth accentuated by light rain and grass. The scent of wet maple bark, and walnut.
It is evening, dark. By feel I insert the key and step inside the little building that had been my shop for so many years, and through so many transitions. Silence, except the patter of drops on the roof. Cozy. Dry and surprisingly warm, the important bits of my life in safe storage.
I am overwhelmed in this moment: painting by Tricia, autographed neck blank (Tosin Abasi), Cannondale mountain bike (last generation built in USA), early guitar prototypes, canoe paddles and photos. Memories.
Dad is fighting non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. He has a strong will to live, and the prognosis is good. I can see he is happy to have me here around the farm. This visit will be too short, they always are.
Tomorrow, in the bright sun, I will clear out the bird and wasp nests from under the eaves. Clean the windows. Plan next moves.
Tonight I am willing to just listen and breathe. As I return to the farmhouse a nearly full moon pushes through cloud strata, pale yellow against deep blue and black. Silver light flows over the trees and buildings around me, flooding shapes with abstract pools of dark and light.
PHOTOS: Moonlight finish on solid swamp ash. Nitro, shellac, blends, conservation wax. Hand labor and love. Appreciation for the gorgeous pickups Steve Blucher designed for me, their shimmering tones the perfect match.