Another Scott Walker Masterpiece In The Works

Re: Another Scott Walker Masterpiece In The Works

Postby Utah Joe » Thu May 02, 2013 6:37 am

Chuckles wrote:Beautiful build! Amazing mix of tone woods, too. Curious tho... Hoe are you getting a split SD2 in the single-coil pup cavity in the middle position? Are you actually "splitting" the pup? Or, am I missing something and being obtuse as usual?

Absolutely beautiful looking instrument!


You are absolutely correct, Chuckles. Since Jerry almost exclusively used his middle pickup in the coil split position Scott decided to physically separate SD2 coils to make a "Jerrified" single coil for those who want this tone. He posted an excellent tutorial on this site for all you do-it-yourselfers out there titled "Changing a Super 2 into a single coil - A pictoral "How to" which describes his technique for doing this in detail.
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Re: Another Scott Walker Masterpiece In The Works

Postby Ddavis510 » Thu May 02, 2013 10:06 pm

Looks great! What was the turn around from inception from to delivery? Just curious about how long it takes.
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Re: Another Scott Walker Masterpiece In The Works

Postby Utah Joe » Fri May 03, 2013 11:12 am

Ddavis510 wrote:Looks great! What was the turn around from inception from to delivery? Just curious about how long it takes.


Right now Scott's waiting list is 1-2 years. My project took about 17 months from the time of the initial deposit to reach the current status. Scott said he'll ship my guitar in 1-2 weeks so expect more pictures soon.
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Re: Another Scott Walker Masterpiece In The Works

Postby WildEye » Fri May 03, 2013 9:54 pm

That purple heart core is very cool... :hail:
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Re: Another Scott Walker Masterpiece In The Works

Postby BigBoyPete » Sat May 04, 2013 7:51 pm

Joe,
I am really enjoying watching your guitar being built! I have been toying around with the idea of getting scott to make a guitar for me. So I finally called him a few days ago, and he was the nicest guy. We discussed several aspects of a possible build, nothing in any great detail. But it has got me so excited and I was wondering if you had any tips or helpful hints about this process. I plan on making the deposit within a month or so, and I am running through all sorts of ideas in my brain but I want to remain focused on my original idea. I know that one of Scott's claim to fame is his ability to hand-carve amazing necks. Did you describe a shape or give measurements, etc.? I was wondering also about that stunning inlay as well. If it is not too much to ask, I would love to know how much extra something of that nature would cost. But regardless, I am just starting to lose a little sleep over all the possibilities in my head, and I really feel like he is my dream guitar maker, I want to make this experience count! Thanks, and I cant wait to see more as it comes together.
P.S I mentioned your build in our conversation and he eluded to a new video he might be making featuring your guitar and/or it's wiring., I am not certain though.
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Re: Another Scott Walker Masterpiece In The Works

Postby jalevinemd » Sun May 05, 2013 7:14 am

You couldn't have picked a better person to do a custom build. In addition to being a highly skilled luthier, he's one of the most genuine people with whom I've had the pleasure of working.

As far as advice is concerned, I find that it's difficult to give in situations like this, as no two people's personalities are the same, nor are two custom guitars. I would say that it's best to really think long and hard about the options that you want. It gets very frustrating and confusing for the artist and the customer when specs are constantly changing. Miscommunication can lead to irreversible changes. I had it on a custom build with another luthier. Sure, it's a work in progress and some ideas will evolve as the process progresses, but if you're all over the map from the start, it may not be as pleasant an experience as it should be.

As you eluded, Scott's ability to craft a special neck is amazing. I thought about giving him dimensions, but I really didn't have an absolute favorite, so I asked that he simply carve his standard. It's by far my favorite neck and is like a combination of one of my Alembics and R9 Les Pauls.

Good luck with the build and enjoy the ride! :cool:
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Re: Another Scott Walker Masterpiece In The Works

Postby Utah Joe » Sun May 05, 2013 3:07 pm

Hey Pete,

Thanks for your interest in my guitar. I had done a fair amount of research regarding guitar construction and luthiers before I contacted Scott, but even so things have continued to evolve throughout the entire process. I initially wanted to get a Walker Special along the lines of Steve Kimock's "Brazilian" but every time I looked at Scott's website I was drawn to the Phantom, partly due to the Jerry connection and partly because it's the sexiest guitar I've ever seen (as an aside, does anyone else have a wife who makes fun of them for looking at "guitar porn" on the computer?). For my part I feel that Scott and I worked well together; he was open to ideas I had for altering the Phantom design (different headstock, number of pickups, wood choices) and I was certainly willing to follow any suggestions he offered. Throughout this process I've been aware that although this guitar is for me right now it may very well become and heirloom and could potentially last 100 years or more; my strat is 40 years old this year and keeps on rockin'. I definitely wanted the inlays to be special. As I mentioned I'm drawn to the elvish art from the Lord of the Rings so I wanted to find an inlay artist who could pull it off, something along the lines of what an elf on shrooms would come up with. The first artist we contacted does incredible work but the designs he submitted just didn't resonate with me. From the start I felt like Jimmi nailed it, and based on your comments I think you agree. I've never actually been in contact with her because Scott handles all of those details personally. Prices will vary from project to project, but for quality work like this you should expect to pay in the neighborhood of $500-$1,000 depending on the complexity of your designs. Scott also offered to carve the neck to my specifications but like jalevinemd I went with his standard carve.

All in all my experience with Scott has been entirely satisfying and I wouldn't hesitate to work with him again. Because he was willing to entertain my design modifications and electronic preferences I feel that I've helped midwife a guitar that will continue to have an impact on people long after I'm gone. It's very cool that he's thinking of using this guitar in a video. He hadn't mentioned that to me but I'd be honored if he did. If you have any more questions feel free to PM your phone number to me and I'll give you a call.

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Re: Another Scott Walker Masterpiece In The Works

Postby Utah Joe » Mon May 06, 2013 9:20 pm

Things are moving right along. The electronics are going in tomorrow and it may be ready to ship by the end of the week.

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Re: Another Scott Walker Masterpiece In The Works

Postby BigBoyPete » Tue May 07, 2013 9:17 am

Ooooh that is looking so nice! I really love how all of Scott's stuff is so unique, but also completely signature and identifiable. What did he make that pickguard out of? I dig it. Thanks again for letting me live vicariously through your updates and photos!
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Re: Another Scott Walker Masterpiece In The Works

Postby Utah Joe » Tue May 07, 2013 10:32 am

The pickguard is made from brushed aluminum. The edge is actually polished to match the chrome bridge and tailpiece but it doesn't show up too well in the photos.
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Re: Another Scott Walker Masterpiece In The Works

Postby gmchart » Tue May 07, 2013 11:58 am

Boy Howdy, guitar porn indeed! That thing is..I don't know, I'm all out of superlatives.
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Re: Another Scott Walker Masterpiece In The Works

Postby tcsned » Tue May 07, 2013 12:16 pm

Scott gives you the complete package, great tone woods, spectacular woodworking, killer hardware.
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Re: Another Scott Walker Masterpiece In The Works

Postby WildEye » Tue May 07, 2013 8:49 pm

Very jealous... Sweet! :cool: You gotta post a sound clip when you get it.
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Re: Another Scott Walker Masterpiece In The Works

Postby Utah Joe » Thu May 09, 2013 7:58 pm

Any day now. I'm waiting with bait-like breath.

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Re: Another Scott Walker Masterpiece In The Works

Postby Utah Joe » Fri May 10, 2013 9:13 pm

I got the idea for this nut from the Ibanez "half bone, half brass" nut featured on the John Scofield signature model. Scott fabricated it himself.

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