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Username: ed_zeppelin

Post Number: 307
Registered: 2-2010
Posted on Friday, March 25, 2016 - 11:52 am:   Edit Post

This is a picture from the build record for Adriaan's gorgeous 6-string Custom.

[resized with a cheezy iPad app because I couldn't import the actual picture from that thread in glorious detail, for some reason. If a sympathetic mod could please accomplish this high-tech wizardy and delete this comment, I would appreciate it.]

I keep going to look at this picture every time I visit, for two reasons. Mainly it's the incredible craftsmanship. It's simply perfection. It doesn't matter where you look, even the parts nobody will ever see (hopefully :-) ) my eyes dive into the whorls and whirlpools of that dark woodgrain and slide up the contrasting strips of the lams, like sliding across a freshly waxed floor on stockinged feet.

With the electronics out, we get a rare view of the extreme topography of the surfaces and cavities. Don't you feel fortunate? I know I do, as a fan of that sort of thing (I've seen thousands of guitars naked, but it never loses its appeal.)

Of equal importance is the photography. It's simply a stunning photograph. The lighting and angles highlight the beauty of the wood and superb workmanship equally, and that muted-yet-bright splash of purpleheart-and-ebony lams running through the center just takes my breath away.

("Good!" I hear you say; "that oughta shut him up!")
Senior Member
Username: bigredbass

Post Number: 2569
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Saturday, March 26, 2016 - 6:57 am:   Edit Post

Almost looks like marquetry in some expensive woodwork, doesn't it?

Take one long look at that pic and try and tell me with a straight face that a ( . . . fill in your favorite Brand X bass . . . . ) is even in the ballpark against this. Then tell me that warm, wet feeling on my leg is rain !

Username: adriaan

Post Number: 3315
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Saturday, March 26, 2016 - 8:19 am:   Edit Post

I kept bugging Mica for a snapshot, and she came up with that ... you can imagine my disappointment.

There are some glamour shots of the finished product that will take you guys even further up that slippery path where your words will wax even more licentiously poetic - you'll have to be a little patient for those though.

As I write this, the bass is sitting in a warehouse in Cologne, waiting for Easter Monday to pass so it can continue its itinerary - ah, the agony!
Senior Member
Username: edwardofhuncote

Post Number: 898
Registered: 6-2014
Posted on Saturday, March 26, 2016 - 9:27 am:   Edit Post

It really is something what strategically placed layers of dissimilar wood can do, both structurally and aesthetically. It's a perfect marriage of beautiful art with harsh physics. And what else could result from a palindrome of wood? It's Leonardo DaVinci, incarnate.

I'm told by others who have been in your position Adriaan, it's totally worth the wait. One day on here, you'll get to watch me experience that wait-for-delivery anxiety too, but right now I'm enjoying watching you guys' build threads, while waiting (ever so patiently) for the snapshots of mine. I figure on taking a couple weeks off work for bonding... not to mention letting the heart rate get back down to normal. =)

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