PHOTOS: Cold forged stainless steel mounts Hipshot locking tuners, stiffening the headstock. Completely revamped circuitry includes 5-way switching and two custom proprietary OEM DiMarzio pickups.
I'm falling in love with Black Dove all over again. She came back to the shop for a series of upgrades...and the changes are just stellar.
A number of potential clients expressed interest in Black Dove, but I have yet to discover her right match. This might surprise you, but I am mindful about who I choose to work with, and who will own a particular instrument.
Lutherie is a time and labor intensive investment of love into the building process. I am going to spend well over 100 hours intimately involved with each guitar, and my soul must inhabit joy in order to pour energy into both the guitar as well the client. In the best of all outcomes, you and I form a lasting friendship — of which your guitar becomes simply a symbol.
Perhaps it is one of my failings, but I've discovered over the years I am incapable of doing anything 'just for money.'
(no passion + no love = no deal)
So who would be a match for Black Dove?
This guitar has attitude. "'Tude!" as we say here in the 'hood. No shrinking violet, no closet classic, she is going to take you out on the town. Perhaps a quick (!) in the studio before (or after) the gig. But in a black velvet dress with handcuffs in her purse...she will be onstage. Tonight.
Sure, you could straight up rock together. But she will probably yawn. Throw down Jazz chord voicings...rough things up with a distorted Metal edge...smooth lingering sustained feedback...and you'll both wish the night would never end.
Her body shape is going to cling to yours if you play in a neck up position. She is designed to straddle your thigh and ride close. You will feel every vibration in your ribcage and chest. She likes 'em defined and muscular.
PHOTO: In the late hours, strings attached, a moment to test the new wiring. Huge range of tones from 'Strat single coil to Djent metal. Photo by Masi.