Don't you wish you could sometimes change bodies?
One of the benefits of Uni-Neck construction is instrument bodies are interchangeable around the neck structure. Are you feeling a bit purple today? Or angular? Perhaps you have a gig with an all-girl Japanese sugar-pop band and need a guitar shaped like a florescent lollipop?
I digress. Ahem.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Active fantasy life, have we?
Lately, as you know, I've been feeling like a pirate. Or like I want to be a pirate. More specifically a pirate like Ragnar Danneskjold. Every effective buccaneer needs a suitable weapon, and mine will be a guitar. What more appropriate guitar could a pirate have than the Jolly Roger?
I rearranged the difficulties of the Telecaster body into a shape that is both a pile of human bones as well as more comfortable to play, at least for me, in terms of balance and ergonomics. My inspiration (concept sketch) was a beautiful vanitas painting by Dutch still life painter Pieter Claesz, painted around 1630.
I built the body from 5-ply marine-grade (waterproof) mahogany — in keeping with our nautical theme — to form a light weight rigid structure. Period correct forged rosehead nails, heavy distressing & antiquing, combined with a deep mahogany tobacco-burst finish give the body the feel of an ancient relic.
My wife Tricia Toone is a skilled painter, and she kindly offered to translate the idea into fine art. As I write this, she is in the studio applying the underpainting to define the volume of the bones.
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