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  1. 33 points
    I have always hesitated to post pics of this bass....but now I figure the statue of limitations has passed
  2. 33 points
    I think the pics speak for themselves. HUGE, HUGE thanks to Shannon at HEL for vintage Kalamazoo thin skin spraygun magic. Before/arrival ... it was rattlecan madness and a ziplock bag of parts with more missing than there. After ... the plan was a "modern restoration," since we were missing so many original parts. While we visually went for a time capsule '55, Junior, she's totally modern under the hood. The dogear is a Lollar, the bridge is a Mojoaxe aluminum compensated wraptail, the keys are Gotoh with modern innards, etc. When it was all said and done, all left that's original are the body, the neck and fingerboard, eight of 10 inlay dots, and the single-ply black control cavity and truss rod covers. Arrival and then after three rounds of chemical stripping ... To this ... FYI, it sounds and feels as good as good as it looks
  3. 31 points
    I picked up a ‘91 Centaura earlier this year with the idea of making it a sustainiac candidate. After spending a LONG time stripping it very carefully I set about the master plan. The neck was very clean but the frets were well worn. On went the jumbo’s. Then I started phase 2. Send the body and neck to the US for a semi-instal by Mr Sustainiac at Maniac Music. This had the advantage of the wiring being placed on a cavity sized bit of card, tested, and set aside for final installation in return. Phase 3 involved the body going to Stike for a gold metal flake finish with the headstock to match. Rowyco Kustoms knocked out a tremendous finish. Truly outstanding. Phase 4 back to the UK and reassembly with a NOS Hamer Floyd set I had lying around and some Hamer gold coloured tuners (big thank you to Chris M for these) which I mixed with the original black tuner bodies. I fitted a Bartolini ACE pickup in the bridge position and the middle pickup is the original Slammer with the body “matted” by your truly to match the finish of the other pickups. All works faultlessly and sounds great.
  4. 29 points
    To refresh the minds~ It was a wreck. Jol did not provide any real detail of the instrument via memory or serial #. I can tell you that it went thru many incarnations. Many layers of paint with many label / decals, many routings between coats of paint, all factory done. Mystery (trem) bridge was never really revealed. All time period options of were dismissed. Guitar was gutted down to wood, refretted, shelf made for floyd nut, layers and layers of mahogany wood to fill the suspect trem routings. All mocked up, setup, prepped, then sent off to Stike for some spray. and..... wa la.... a newly refurbed mystery proto centura.
  5. 28 points
  6. 27 points
    And hopefully a new friend: Gtrdaddy. Jamie drove drove Virginia to Jersey to deliver this Monaco Elite and wound up in the blizzard. You've all seen the pics of this guitar so I won't bore you with a regurgitation of those. This beauty lives up to its billing and then some! A wonderful example of craftsmanship. It was my esteemed pleasure to meet Jamie. It turns out that we were both originally from Jersey and traded stories from our youth growing up in the Garden State. I've said many times that I meet the nicest people on this site. The picture was taken in my office on my last day of work. The guitar is my retirement present to myself., don't tell my wife? And before the wise ass comments start, that's not a miniature model of a Hamer guitar in the picture, those are just two fully developed examples of Jersey corn and tomato fed mui macho studs holding that guitar. (never knew it would look so small next my tropical shirt).
  7. 27 points
    # 0067, holy smoke.....,that's all I can think of right now....... Thank you team Shishkov!
  8. 25 points
    Put my Ibanez Prestige RGA121 back together this morning after this beautiful tobacco sunburst finish was expertly applied by Rowyco Kustoms Guitar Finishes Before Stikes magic (on L). He did the sparkle job on my RG5ex1 a few years ago (on R);
  9. 25 points
    I just found out I somehow made it into second place for "best guitarist" and "most underrated" musician in our local entertainment daily's yearly awards issue. WE'RE NUMBER 2! WE'RE NUMBER 2!
  10. 25 points
    For those who have been paying attention, THIS is what prompted me to put the Snakeskin Cali on the block. The MOAC has landed.
  11. 25 points
    Have been preping the tops for the next group and man, these are some crazy tops! Crazy in a very good way. It always amazes me how different the figure is from tree to tree.
  12. 24 points
    Finally: Hard cover, full color, 240 pages. Signed copies will be available direct from author.
  13. 24 points
    My good mate Don had a Standard shipped to Australia some years back. USPS lived up to their reputation and it came with a head fracture. Recently he decided to do makeover (he's a professional painter) and I thought you'd all enjoy the pics that he sent me. The new lemonburst was done in nitro, and currently it's sporting Dimarzios from an early 80's Sunburst or Special. Enjoy! The "tomato soup burst" Said that removing the finish was an arduous task: The finish really brings out the quality of the maple: Sadly this is as finished a shot that I've got.
  14. 23 points
    Kev uploaded this to the FB group- man, what a kickass shot! Was taken in Zaragoza Spain a couple of weeks ago Photo credit - Marisol Huertas
  15. 23 points
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  16. 22 points
    Just about ready for finishing ....
  17. 22 points
    At the Iron Maiden forum there is a thread starting off with the question, "What is your favorite Iron Maiden song?" I posted this: Do you think I might get in trouble for that?
  18. 21 points
    Pulled the trigger on this Phantom Custom off of Reverb. Made the seller an offer and he took it. Looks like a sweet top and super clean. Been wanting one of these for ten + years, ever since I played JohnnyB's at Pesocasters house. Prolly be here next week.
  19. 21 points
    dust was flying in the shop this week and Trish was around at the right time to grab a few video clips. This one is shaping up to be seriously badassed! Dialing in the carve tonight was a great way to end the day
  20. 20 points
    The fretboard work is some of the coolest stuff to see Mike do, in my opinion. This is the jet black ebony board with perfect MOP Crown inlays and triple stacked Ivoroid binding...
  21. 20 points
    So, I came upon pics of #78 on FaceBook and thought to myself, "Self, I'm guessing your guitar is in the same batch!" And, I was right. Trish sent me pics of my top and said that the semi-hollows are being finished up and my guitar is in process. Here's two pics of the top glued up and getting ready. Is it wrong for me to giggle aloud? That's me..........David R.
  22. 20 points
    Hello all, Greetings from Sint Maarten. The first picture shows the Talladega BT I already had. The second and third one show the Talladega AG that I recently bought from ArnieZ. It was sent from the USA on the first of September, and scheduled to be delivered on the fourth of September. However then hurricane Irma hit our island hard, after which it was going back and forth between Puerto Rico and Florida. Then on the 15th of September it was in Carolina (near the capital of Puerto Rico). Then the USPS tracking system did not say anything anymore when hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico. And then it was delivered to me at Sint Maarten on the 2nd of October. So I am very happy, especially after my girlfriend Guadalupe arrived at Sint Maarten a day later. Now Sint Marten is getting green again, as you can see in the background. After Irma all the leaves were gone and the trees were naked. But in the tropics it is not necessary to await spring for the leaves to grow. A;lso in the background a number of tarpaulins on roofs that have gone are visible. Now about the guitar: It exceeds my expectations, it is looking very clean, almost as new. Arnie had done a great job packaging. It is a great guitar, I really like the unique colour and the bound fingerboard. The sound is exactly as to be expected from a Tally. Gabe Edited to add: No word about CITES!
  23. 20 points
    The quilt on this top is so 3D that it gives the illusion of a mountain range. It's going to look killer when it's done.
  24. 19 points
    On 1/31 the journey home started. What can we expect? Color, no color, bridge, no bridge, WOOD? Who knows, well a couple people but thats because they were part of this journey and I shared a few things along the way. For the rest of you guys and gals the wait continues. ITS HERE!! I'm thankful it arrived safe and sound. Team Shishkov did not disappoint and I love all the little "Easter Eggs" on this guitar. Just those little touches that go with having a guitar built for you by someone who cares. Spruce Top Mahogany Back Ebony Board Bullseye Inlays Multiply Binding Bound F Hole Gravelin HUM 90's All wrapped up in Charcoal Burst (if that is official)
  25. 19 points
    I have always wanted a Talladega and the opportunity finally came. This is Hamer #6 in my stable and the first guitar I have ever owned with this kind of top. I have really enjoyed playing this guitar over the past couple of weeks.