The Thankful Dads' first gig with my new Philtone* Jerrycaster will be tomorrow so I figure now's a good time to share some info. and pics on it. Special thanks to Waldo for solving my luthier's and my wiring dilemas or we'd be scratching our heads still today trying to make it work!
The guitar took 2+ years to build but now that it's done, I can honestly say, "Game over." This is the best playing, sounding, and most versatile guitar I've ever had the pleasure to play. In fact, I've barely picked up another guitar the month I've had it.
CAVEAT: Passions run high here concerning authenticity and such so perhaps I should be clear up-front, the guitar is not, and was never intended to be, a "clone," but is rather an "inspired by" instrument. I dig Jerry but I'm not Jerry (shocking, isn't it!
) so what I commissioned is an axe for myself. Thanks for understanding. Now to the guitar.
Phil Jacoby built me the guitar from scratch. By that, I mean, literally from blank blanks of wood. The parts that aren't his are listed below but, except for the fretboard (which Phil shaped to fit my guitar), anything made of wood on the guitar Phil constructed by hand from wood blanks. The non-Philtone parts are:
- inlayed ebony fretboard (Brian Nalls dba Jack of Roses)
- PUPs (Lindy Fralin)
- inlaid unity gain buffer cavity cover (Ron Thorn)
- unity gain buffer (CAE)
- headstock inlay (Craig Lavin)
- bridge (NOS Ibanez)
- tailpiece (Brian Nalls again)
- knobs (Armadillo Guitars)
- and of course the various electronics and switches
More pics and details to follow but for starters,
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"For me, I think the only danger is being too much in love with guitar playing. The music is the most important thing, and the guitar is only the instrument." Jerry Garcia