PHOTOS (above): Hand-rubbed french polish finish technique using state-of-the-art polymers provides an intensely durable yet thin and resonant protective barrier over quilted figured maple. Multi-scale ebony fretboard, stainless steel frets, patented TOONE & TOWNSEND modular bridges. Bronze electronics plate matches Waverly tuning gears.
I loved building this guitar.
I felt immediate excitement when Andrew emailed to ask if I would consider creating another Uni-Neck™ Skele. That guitar has remained one of my consistent favorites, and now was the right time to update the design concept with knowledge and technologies developed over the ensuing years.
The resulting rich deep bass response and effortless sustain...a validation of physics, and a further step along the path I am currently pursuing.
Andrew is a great jazz player, so we decided to nudge his guitar toward genre-specificity. But he also loves Teles. Mostly, though, he was seeking simplicity: a clean and modern interpretation of what has become a classic form. With these objectives in mind — plus his suggestion to begin with an untouched sheet of drafting paper — I set pencil in motion.
Hi Rick, just wanted to let you know that the Jazz Skele arrived safe and sound. Haven't stopped smiling since I opened the case, wow! All I can say is that I wish all my guitars sounded and played like this.
Effortless on all 24 frets. The Bene pickup covers any style I want, even some overdriven Hendrix thru a Leslie. Will showcase everything that it can do in the video.
I'm telling' you bro, you are really onto something with all the technology on this machine. Totally makes sense, and takes all the work out of practicing. Lets the mind simply concentrate on music, which is the way it should be. Really dig the Anthology case too. Very special instrument, one that I will play every day.
Many thanks again to you and Laura, I sincerely appreciate everything.
PHOTOS (above): Exceptional access to the full two octaves is afforded via neck heel minimalism. Master grade quarter sawn curly maple Advantage Neck Profile™ with walnut position markers and line accent. Aircraft grade birch laminate body wings, with quarter sawn spruce stringers...erm, braces.
PHOTO (above): Seymour Duncan's Benedetto S-6 floating archtop guitar pickup provides characteristic peak resonance for Jazz, including the expected sweet rounded tones. An unexpected use of 500k volume pot and Tonestyler 10-position tone control operates in true bypass mode...opening up the air and upper harmonics for fingerstyle, or rolled off for mellow accompaniment.
PHOTOS (below): Despite the radical construction methods, very traditional elements affix both aesthetics and functionality. Polished bone nut. Bronze and stainless steel Waverly guitar tuners. Absolutely exquisite Anthology Gear Wear leather guitar gig bag offers all the protection you could ever desire (kind thanks to Brian Griffith for loaning the case during this photo shoot).