PHOTOS: Waking up aboard the International Space Station. Iceland in summer.
PHOTOS: Einstok makes the most sense when it's 45F and raining with a 20 mph wind and you're hanging out at a Viking sod farmhouse. F-Pass. Dead whale near the Arctic Circle.
I buried three family members this summer.
A dear friend said: "We're going to Iceland. It's what you need right now."
PHOTOS: Spearfish 24-fret in Bone White with Yngwie Malmsteen's original 1969 Marshall (courtesy Steve Sjuggerud).
PHOTOS: Patent pending Spearfish 22-fret in Arctic Sky.
I built a lot of guitars this summer. I was too busy, and too exhausted, to photograph them all. But there was an evolution happening. A thread taking place...raveling, unraveling.
I want to thank Steve Sjuggerud and Ede Wright for coaxing me forward.
Steve: "Man, I think you need to simplify. Build a guitar that is as familiar as possible, but put your essential technology on it. Normal frets...and 22 frets. There are certain tones that can only be achieved with the neck pickup in the 24th fret position."
Ede: "I love Spearfish design. It's so sexy. I really dig Element™ neck but also your Advantage Neck Profile™ wood neck."
Then, both: "Put the 5-way where I can use it without moving my hand."
Over several hikes I pieced together how to do it. New switching schematic. Paper-in-oil capacitor. Roasted flame maple neck. Steve Blucher's amazing OEM DiMarzio pickups. And the engines that power it all, patented Intonation Cantilever™ bridges.
This guitar is so good. It needs a name...
PHOTOS: I've tried to capture some of the colors and feel of Iceland. Restricted palette. The light differs from mid-lattitudes, clear, pure.