Ok, this guitar is the result of a very successful customization of an Eric Christman original. Eric's guitar was a neck thru SSH super strat similar to a highend Carvin neck thru design... awesome use of high end woods (Pau Ferro, Zircote, Maple, Mahogany, Ebony). 25" scale length, 1 11/16 nut width, 12-14" fret board radius. This was an awesome playing guitar before any customization. I chartered a very talented luthier (from this board) who specializes in Garcia's electronics to do this extensive modification.
Of course, you'll ask "why sell after all this work?"... well, this guitar was the tip of the iceburg for me and I have since ordered a full out Wolf Replica with a similar electronics package - it's almost complete now... and I need to pay for it!
Here's what's in her from an electronics standpoint:
We've installed a combination of Jerry Garcia inspired electronics. The design includes a Stratoblaster clone like Jerry had in the Wolf, and the Unity Gain Buffer that came in Jerry's later guitars, as well as the Dimarzio SD2 Humbuckers and SD1 neck single coil. Each pickup has it's own Parallel/Series/Split Coil switch, chosen with a Fender style 5 way switch, as well as the typical tone and volume controls. Switches determine either Stratoblaster (including adjustable gain or unity switch), Unity Gain Buffer (designed and built by Mike Wald) or passive pickup/preamp bypass configuration. It also has an Onboard Effects Loop which sends the pickup signal at full strength to the effects and back to the guitar before the Master Volume.
Along with the electronics, it's had a full refinish, new brass pickguard, new bridge replacement (Shaller "Hannes"), new brass nut, full fret buff and leveling.
The fit and finish of the custom work is top notch, and the electronics will just blow you away!!! Tough to part with this guitar, but I just got too much $ going into the next one!
I have a million pictures of the customization process, here's the finished guitar. Sale price is $1,650.00* I added a few links to youtube videos demoing the guitar - 1st time I ever tried this, and couldn't figure out how to actually imbed the videos. The first two are the guitar straight into my 72 Twin (JBL K120)... third video includes my 3Leaf Proton Envelope Filter. Audio is just my little Cannon camera, and of course, you have to put up with my playing...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqZhgPoymiw http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSyrSUne1RMhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyYzbax9mFk
1. The body of the guitar was refinished about 5 months ago. The neck was not refinished and there is one scratch on the back of the neck... that is the only mark on the guitar.
2. I am the 2nd owner of the guitar. It was built in 2005, I have owned it for about two years. I played it as a SSH Strat quite regularly... it had a decent Jerry sound originally - that, and the neck through design (and cool woods) is why I decided to use this guitar for the customization.
3. The top is Ziricote - beautiful. The main body of the guitar is Mahogany, but it has a thin walnut cap on the back. The neck is Maple and Pau Ferro (stripes). The binding on the neck is pau ferro and the finger board is ebony... fast and smooth.
4. The guitar was originally outfitted with a Wilkinson Trem bridge. The cover on the back is a real wood cover for the original trem spring cavity. The Wilikinson bridge was eliminated, all of the holes from the bridge were expertly filled (bridge cut out and the spring cavity)... Brian really did a fantastic job on this, I couldn't believe how perfectly he filled those voids. It was because of this work that we decided to refinish the entire body of the guitar. The trem cover is only on there for decorative reasons (would be a shame not to use it!).
5. Yes, the three in a row switches are for the pickups - each has series/single coil/parallel. The lowest switch near the 5 way - switches between the UGB and the Stratoblaster... the switch up near the "3 in a row" switches on the Stratoblaster gain (the black knob adjusts the gain) - this is a wicked feature!!! The last switch in the middle of the controls is for the OBEL (on board effects loop) - engaged, you need a stereo cable between your guitar and pedal board... disengaged, you can just use the signal send like any other guitar output (bottom output). Also has an LED indicator for UGB vs Stratoblaster!!
6. top brass knob is Main Volume - has a push/pull which bypasses all the onboard electronics. Middle knob is Neck tone, bottom knob is middle/bridge tone.
That's it - the electronics are wicked, wicked, wicked!!!