VIDEO: Gabe Lopez checks out Spearfish™ at NAMM.
This looks like Rick Toone’s John Coltrane...earthy, gritty, enormous roaring beauty...
PHOTOS: 2016 Spearfish™ 6-string guitar. Matte semi-clear black burst finish. Optional Kahler multi-scale tremolo, made in USA. Custom OEM DiMarzio Jazz/Metal pickups, designed by Steve Blucher.
YOU DID IT!!! THE VISION IS A REALITY.
Let me back up a moment.
I figured I knew what I was getting into. I figured I knew about what it would play like, about what it would feel like, and about what it would sound like (I have a certain degree of familiarity with your work!). So the box stood lonely next to me at work for about two hours (on a deadline). It finally lured me in...
I open the box.
The finish is beautiful. The look is familiar... like you already know it's comfortable. The back is a surprise... no holes or cavities, anywhere. Classy. I sit down. It feels good in your lap. Solid.
I strum the strings, figuring they were detuned. Nope. It's in tune... with itself at least. I get out a tuner. It is not only in tune with itself, it is perfectly in tune. Not a cent out... on any string. And that's through freezing temperatures on its way to Florida. Road worthy.
I play unplugged for a second. This is the fastest neck, ever... with the super thin neck and the incredibly low action, it's like cheating.
I plug in, straight into the board, so there's no amp color — so you can just hear the guitar and the pickups.
WOW. The revolution begins...
The frequency response is huge — it's the most hi-fi guitar I've ever heard. The guitar is so "present" and responsive. Great job on the new pickups. Everything else will sound dead in comparison!
I plug into an amp (Dumble ODS tone on the Axe FX II). Oh my god. Crazy good sounds. Super powerful leads... and then you can roll off to beautiful cleans. The entire range of the volume knob is usable. Nice. With such a hi-fi guitar, you can roll off of the ToneStyler a few clicks, and get a more PAF-type sound in humbucker mode. The "in between" positions (2 & 4) are incredibly hi-fi and clean. Just beautiful. The whole package is SOLID in your hands. Great work!
I lose myself for the next hour... and I don't have an hour to lose... I can't put into words how great that hour was.
I will try to record some of this for you before I take Spearfish to NAMM...
PHOTOS (below): The world's most advanced guitar neck: Element™. Machined from single billet aircraft grade aluminum. Industrial grade stainless steel mounting system for rapid (repeatable intonation) neck removal & installation.
PHOTOS (above): Details of Element™ machined guitar neck. Fretboard Flare™ geometry for exceptional string bends. Polished stainless steel frets. Hipshot locking tuners, made in USA. Proprietary machined stainless steel multi-scale nut system for rapid string action adjustments and exceptional tonal consistency.
It took me several years to design this guitar. That's probably an understatement.
It begins in familiar territory: swamp ash, bolt-on neck, headstock tuning — but then reconciles issues I have observed over the years.
Spearfish is an integrated instrument based on criteria I set for myself. My needs as a player. Do these speak to you as well?
• Perfect hands-free balance, standing or seated (without strap)
• Right leg or left leg playing position comfort
• Player position closer to the nut, reducing left arm reach
• Contours you won't notice while playing
• Repeatable, removable quick release neck joint
• 24 frets with unrestricted access
• Multi-scale fretboard combining Gibson 24.625" & Fender 25.625" string lengths
• Tone advantages plus seasonal weather stability of machined Element™ neck
• Compact, sturdy headstock tuning
• Tonally consistent, easily adjusted nut system
• Unobtrusive control locations, yet easily activated
• Styling cues that blend into most venues and genres of music
• USA made components throughout
• Sustainable materials including native North American woods plus recyclable aluminum (no rainforest exotics)
PHOTO (below): 2016 Spearfish™ 6-string guitar. All in black. Controls are within easy finger reach yet completely unobtrusive, based on lessons learned building Starfish (1993).