PHOTOS: There is a certain challenge to achieving a believable look and feel to wood surfaces intended to appear as if they've seen 230 years of wear. And even if the visual is accurate, the hand might not believe. I've been fortunate to have lived amongst Early American history and antiques for most of my life, surrounded by artifacts dating to 1680 when my ancestors first arrived in New Jersey. I will miss this part of the world, especially Autumn.
PHOTO: Aerospace precision machining.
Even when an object is presented as a relic, I believe the function — meaning the mechanical workings — should be pristine perfect. Wear is only a surface feature. And I love it when the client also appreciates that philosophy:
The guitar is fantastic...it is the highest form, the most evolved form, of anything you have done. It is far more beautiful in person than in the pics — and it is beautiful in the pics!
The neck is the fastest, most playable ever. The new profile is awesome. The fit and finish is the best ever.
I shared some thoughts as well:
So excited you are appreciating all the subtle improvements and noticing all the effort that has gone into the CAD drawings and CNC engineering.
Everyone has watched the slow-motion evolution of the engineering over the past two years. Now we are getting closer to the consistency I have wanted to achieve. Bart has met me every step of the way...improving relentlessly. I think we are an excellent team.
There is still more to go. The next phase of improvements will happen incredibly fast once I am on location in the machine shop and we can iterate in real-time. I see only good things on the horizon.
PHOTOS: Lindy Fralin Twangmaster pickups achieve true single-coil tone. They have the snap and glassy sparkle with shimmering highs you would expect. 3-way switch, no coil tap. Hand fabricated solid copper 3D control surface. Learn more about the building of this guitar.