PHOTOS: Spearfish™ 6-string guitar. Figured eastern cherry top over quarter-sawn west coast redwood. Element™ machined aircraft aluminum neck. Carbon fiber.
I discovered the redwood in a stack of construction lumber, been there decades. The boards above were water stained, blanketed with dust. I saw the quarter sawn end grain on this board, unable to believe this find...
10' long, eight inches wide by inch and a half thick, yet light enough to hold in one hand. I balanced the board on my left palm and tapped the wood with my right knuckles. Instant, clear, ringing tone.
The cherry, too, had delicious musicality. Character. Pockets of minerals, figure and grain. Local wood.
There were challenges with this build. Redwood is stiff, superb strength-to-weight ratio. But the surface is soft, an open cell structure resulting in low mass. This combination allows the tree to grow to heights of 300' or more. So, for durability over time, I decided every screw is bored into an inset maple dowel. Carbon fiber protects the back of the guitar.
PHOTOS: Redwood contrasts with protective carbon fiber. Figured cherry accented with birdseye maple. Patented Intonation Cantilever™ bridges machined from solid stainless steel.
I often can't write about an instrument until I've played it myself for a while. This was especially true this time. I competed the photoshoot then plugged into my amplifier.
I am astonished at the responsiveness.
Speed of attack. Development of note body. Dynamics. Fullness. Lingering sustain. This is the One Guitar for a true player.
VIDEO: Chris Buono performs his arrangement of Ruby, My Dear.
PHOTOS: Astute Spearfish™ aficionados will note subtle improvements to the electronic controls. Inside, an 11-position studio grade ToneStyler. The new Element™ headstock. DiMarzio OEM pickups designed for me by Steve Blucher.