PHOTOS: Beautiful machining by Bart Townsend on the patented designs I've created. Stainless steel, anodized aircraft aluminum, bearing bronze, brass. Carbon fiber back plate accesses the unique proprietary chambering system that honeycombs the ambrosia maple body.
I was born in 1967. One of my first memories is Dad propping me between his knees, directing my attention to our black & white television against the living room wall. There was unfamiliar urgency in his voice: "I want you to watch. This is important."
Against a gray and black background, a glowing figure in white bounced onto what looked like a dusty surface. The adult voices from the TV spoke words I did not understand, but their tone was excitement.
It was the Apollo 11 lunar landing.
The scent of old library books signaled summertime. Stacks of Tom Swift and Hardy Boys led to more adventurous science fiction, mostly short stories. Those short stories did not always have a hero, and when they did, he was often deeply in trouble...and isolated, alone. Unsettling to an elementary school kid growing up safely in the suburbs of New Jersey.Subconsciously what formed within my growing mind was an instinct, a belief, that there is a solution...it would require a mix of technology and non-linear thinking. But there will be a way. Andy Weir captures this mindset brilliantly in his novel The Martian.
Elon Musk is carrying on the Tom Swift attitude: I can do it — we can do it — there will be a way. A (big) kid in a solar sandbox, inventing new toys and technologies to explore this incredible universe around us.
Unusually for me, I have given these two guitars to my friend Cliff Cultreri to sell through his business: DestroyAllGuitars.com. I love Cliff, and I'm proud to call him my friend. I trust his ear explicitly, and I wanted to run some of my technology through his filters...a chance to learn from his amazing spirit and educated perspective.
UPS arrived at his door and a bit later I started getting emails...
The Falcon has landed and I have blisters on me fingers !!!! I have been playing it from 2 AM until nine o'clock this morning!
I’m (also) madly in love with the Dragon. It plays with the greatest of ease and the tones are absolutely magnificent. It produces a big thick orchestral sound. I would buy it in a heartbeat! I’m sure we will find good homes for both as the Falcon is every bit as desirable as the Dragon.
My guitar and amp evaluation process has been described as “exhaustive” by several professional recording engineers and producers. I trust in my ears and not much else.
I’m terribly excited about this pair!