Stu brought John Rucklick's Moriarty "Wolf" by here yesterday. Amazing guitar, gorgeous work. It's quite heavy and dense. Acoustically it's fairly quiet and non-resonant due to the heavy woods, but that also translates into long sustaining, clear notes. It reminds me of the heavy density of a steel guitar. We were in such a hurry getting some gear stuff together for Stu's DSO tour that I didn't have time to plug the guitar in and hear it amplified. But Stu's little Youtube video here demonstrates the sound and helps show what all that dense hardwood sounds like. It's very Jerry and reminds me how important the guitar itself is. I see this a lot in steel guitars too, the different tones from various designs. What I hear in this type of guitar is that the upper harmonic content hangs out longer and allows you to play gently and get a clear, sustained, bright note. Compared to a light Fender guitar or an all mahogany SG where the initial attack may contain plenty of brightness, that upper content decays more rapidly and leaves you with a mellower, darker note that rings out long. Very interesting.
I'm floored by Moriarty's workmanship and attention to detail. Kudos.