IMAGES: Bulb bangs it out live before the adoring masses — Periphery on tour. Note the high visibility of Misha's S2 neck fret position markers under stage lighting. Image captures from DunlopTV's Misha Mansoor video.
When I build someone a guitar, the real measure of success is if the musician actually uses it...in the studio, or onstage. In both of those situations, time is very expensive, and only the truly useful tools survive.
The main thing about my guitars is they have to be practical for live music. (Bulb)
When you reach the level of public exposure and success of Misha Mansoor or Tosin Abasi, one of the perks is a major guitar company (Jackson, Ibanez, etc.) usually pays for your tour. This financial reality is a form of advertising for the guitar company, a source of support for the artist, and fiscal survival now that album sales are dead.
Increasingly, you will see gear racks backstage populated by a 'guitarsanal' of instruments heavily biased toward one particular major manufacturer. Because the shipping costs of gear is deducted from the artist's income, it is becoming more rare that a guitar built by a small independent luthier is included on a major tour.
Misha and Jim Dunlop have given me a huge unexpected compliment by showcasing the S2 onstage and also in DunlopTV's Misha Mansoor video. Thank you both!
It (S2) looks like nonsense...but actually everything on it is very purposeful. (Bulb)
IMAGES: Misha shows his S2 and explains the bottle opener headstock. Originally designed for beer, perhaps I should have thought about whisky.