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Fantastic! I wasn't too sure with the half-way done photos, but the finished instrument is a beauty. The way you've blended the non-traditional materials with the unique body shape and distressed finish really demonstrates the whole becoming far more than the sum of its parts.

I dont know about that one.

I'm completely speechless, this is so far beyond amazing. Fantastic creation!

Facebook comments are similar. We've got total polarization on this one...

Horror vs. Delight

(thanks everyone for comments)

I think it looks fantastic! For me it evokes the "Sandbenders" idea from William Gibson's _Idoru_ (which I won't attempt to explicate here).

I am interested to note that you have the "standard" fanned frets with the 8th fret perpendicular to the strings - I guess if you'd chosen a fret further back (for greater ergonomic advantage), the bridge would've been even more raked backwards than it is.

Looking at the Charlie Hunter videos on YouTube, he seems to stay more or less in the middle of the neck; of course this isn't necessarily because it's less comfortable nearer the nut. But for me the attraction of a baritone guitar is all about getting right down to those new low notes, and you'd want the fanned frets to make that no more difficult than normal...

Anyway, I'm de-lurking with this post after discovering your site (and the world of ergonomic guitars) recently. I have bought an Ibanez IMG-2010 body sans neck, and a baritone, fanned fret, trapezoidal profile neck would seem to be the way to go (although the Torzal Twist seems very cool also - perhaps next time).

And well done on the site in general - it is a delight to find one so well-crafted and packed with interesting material. Keep it up!

John :^P

I was actually thinking the same as John, your first takes on fanned frets struck me because the frets were, in a way, less fanned than in other guitars i had seen, with the first frets not so tilted, while this presents a more "traditional" scheme of fret tilt (even though fanned fret is not traditional at all, i'd say...)... what are the differences, as you experienced them, and what made you choose one or the other?

I dig the pelvis bone relief.

The first association that came to my mind when I saw these pictures was "Delicate Sound of Thunder". No, I wasn't listening to Pink Floyd lately. =)

I think that those words describe this guitar perfectly.

I also really like John Pallister's description...google "sandbenders" for a sense of what he meant.

It's immaculate.

Right now, I think you and Rick Canton are the most interesting of luthiers!!! Very cool Rick.

Rick Canton is a great guy. I am lucky to count him as a personal friend. At some point this next year, I'm hoping to visit him in Santa Fe. Thanks, Ric!

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