Scott developed his craft at Santa Cruz and then began his own line of guitars. I have featured the Jimson above, largely because I am thinking more and more about a Telecaster style guitar, although Scott has an incredible selection of instruments here.
The Jimson itself has a body made from resonant Sugar Pine. I love the sound of pine on my Stratocaster. Pine is also a challenging tonewood for a builder. The body of the Jimson looks amazing.
The pickups are wound by hand, the pickguard is Italian celluloid and the neck is maple.
The Jimson starts at $5,500USD and delivery is about a year. Beautiful instrument. Here it is in action:
It is a large pedal board. The main stage pedalboard that is. 16 pedals, two power supplies, programmable controllers. It is also very heavy so I only take it out when I need all of that extra ear candy.
I also have a minimalist pedalboard. 4 pedals powered by a battery. The perfect grab and go board.
And I have a mid-sized pedalboard. I generally play out with either the small or the mid-sized board.
Like with most players, lots of pedals come and go so the board is constantly changing. As a few folks have asked me about the mid-sized board here is the most current breakdown.
This board holds 8 pedals and one power supply. The signal chain:
Guitar -> Timmy -> Alpha Dog -> EP Booster -> Volume Pedal -> Timeline -> Wet -> Amp
The volume pedal was enhanced by JHS Pedals to remove the tone suck. The pedal is now active and it also feeds a Korg Pitchblack tuner. The orange pedal is a MIDI controller for the Strymon Timeline. I use it to step through my presets. Power is provided by Voodoo Labs 4×4. There are high output channels and I need one for the Timeline.
The next two shots provide a few angles to highlight the wiring. For this board, I opted to use a Lava soldered kit and I used heavy duty right-angle Switchcraft jacks where possible. There were two spots that were tight enough that I used the Lava soldered jacks: one side of the EP Booster and the tuner out from the volume pedal. I also used right angle plugs for the MIDI controller.
I did all of the wiring for the board myself. I prefer soldered connections over solderless.
Given the compact nature of the board, I elected not to use a true-bypass effects loop.
The bottom of the pedalboard shows the routing for the power cables as well as for the signal cables. Always a bit risky to show the bottom of a pedalboard but everything is certainly nice and neat down there. It does mean a bit of extra work though when changing pedals in and out.
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Today marks the start of 58 years on the planet.
Enjoyed a wonderful birthday dinner with family last night.
What is covered with pine-cone scales — gilded with fine silver and 18-karat gold — and holds 550 high-grade diamonds?
Well, a Fender Stratocaster of course!
This guitar was Master Built by Yuriy Shishkov. The attention to detail is astonishing. The fingerboard is hand-inlaid with 10 feet of 18-karat gold wire trellis into the fingerboard.
More details about the guitar can be found at the Fender Custom Shop site here.
The guitar was a highlight from this years NAMM. How much? Well, if you have to ask.
Yuriy provides his story on the guitar in this video:
I play Dunlop Ultex 2.0mm picks. I buy them in bulk and they cost roughly 60 cents a pick.
I came across Gravity Guitar Picks, a small shop in California, that will soon offer a premium product called the Gold Series. The Gold Series pick is made from a high grade thermoplastic and it will be available in three thicknesses: 1.0mm, 1.5mm and 2.5mm.
Unfortunately not in a 2.0mm configuration.
Each pick is $29 USD. That is quite a dramatic jump in price from the Dunlop Ultex picks. As I have never played a premium pick before, I’m not sure what to think about the cost. Would such a pick produce noticeably better tone? Would it last longer?
I found the background for the business to be inspiring and I hope both the product and the business finds a successful niche:
Gravity Picks started in early 2011 from a dream to operate a sustainable business in the music industry.
Gravity Guitar Picks began with a $4,000 investment which was my entire life savings. Working hard to grow this business each and every day is something we want to do and have done for the past 4+ years. I am excited and optimistic about what the future will bring.
The Gravity Guitar Picks facility is located in the USA about 60 miles east of San Francisco.
2015 is going to be a special year as the Gold Series will finally be unveiled.
Looks like the details around the Apple Watch will be delivered at an upcoming event on March 9th. The media has been invited to a gathering taking place at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
Just how much will Apple charge for a limited edition watch? $1,000? $5,000? $10,000?
Yes. This announcement was waiting in my email. The Fender Custom Shop folks letting me know that a new ’56 NOS Strat Master Built by John Cruz had just arrived in Toronto. Just in time for my birthday.
Let’s look at this guitar.
Stunning. Just stunning. Shoreline gold with a Tobacco burst finish. An incredible figured neck. Gold hardware.
Cosmos Music has it for only $12,500.
Oh well. It was the wrong year anyway. I need a 1958, not a 1956.
I turn 58 in a few days. Still living the dream.
Last year was a 57/57 year. Born in 1957 and 57 years old. Surely it was time for a 1957 Fender Stratocaster? Sadly that did not happen. I mean, yes, I turned 57 but no. No 1957 Stratocaster.
Perhaps this is the year. I turn 58 and I could get a 1958 Relic Stratocaster from the Fender Custom Shop. Like the one pictured above. A relic Strat for an old relic like me.
This is what Fender had to say about the guitar:
Perfected into its current form by 1958, the Stratocaster in that year was poised for greatness and had already found its way into the hands of several legendary artists. As a musically wild new decade loomed on the not-so-distant horizon, the already ahead-of-its-time Stratocaster was ready for anything as the 1950s wound to a rocking ‘n’ rolling close.
I called the team at the custom shop and they told me that sorry, we stopped building those guitars in 2011. But there might be one for sale in Sweden.
And sure enough, there it was. An original 1958 Fender Stratocaster. I guess the custom shop folks need to do a bit more work on the relic side of their reissues. This original certainly looks like a relic. The custom shop guitar? Not so much.
How much though?
Still not satisfied? There was another one here.
And, if you don’t want to click through the links, a 1958 Stratocaster can sell for about $60,000. Unless it has been played by someone really famous. Then it could be much higher. Or, if it has been signed by someone famous. And then the age of the guitar really doesn’t matter.
The more signatures, though, the better.
This 2004 Fender Standard Stratocaster fetched a staggering $2.8 million as part of an auction to aid victims of the 2004 tsunami disaster.
It was signed by Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger, Brian May, Liam Gallagher, Jeff Beck, Pete Townshend, Ray Davies, David Gilmour, Bryan Adams, Tony Iommi, Mark Knopfler, Angus Young, Malcolm Young, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, Paul McCartney, Sting and Noel Gallagher.
I believe it still holds the record as the most expensive guitar ever sold.
By comparison, $60,000 for a 1958 Stratocaster seems pretty cheap.
I’m not getting my hopes up though. I thought I had made it pretty clear last year about a 1957 Stratocaster for my birthday. But this is what I got instead:
Not a Strat.