My first mainstream guitar review.
This is the first page of the article/review written by Jason Shadrick. If you'd like to read the rest and hear the sound clips he created, please use the links on the gallery page for this guitar in the archtop gallery.
My second review, previously unavailable without an actual copy of the issue in hand.
I think it's important to note how I feel about Bigsby trems here. At one point, I owned a vintage Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean...the one that got away. It had the best neck and set up I've ever played (until I made my own) and has influenced my sensibilities then and ever since. Not even new Brian Setzer signatures match that guitar for playability.
Bigsbys NEED a roller bridge. PERIOD! Never change the strings all at once, and just give a pre-tweak fingers only bend at the ferrule, pre-stretch the strings well once mounted, and life is GOOD! Paul Bigsby was near genius. A Bigsby can go up a half tone and down a full tone and come back for more. With locking tuners and a zero fret it's a thing of beauty. As a tech, I've had my share...scratch that ...FILL of FR trems that require special tools and more time than I can justify to tweak them into compliance.
Please understand that if you love F R trems, I can install one, but they are a needy beast. Please expect to have a tech of significance available on a regular basis.
A review of me...also previously unavailable except in print.
A very nice review of, I think, my favorite guitar.
The most recent of my Dutchess standard archtop.
A builder's showcase issue that I was invited to be part of. I think I'm keeping pretty good company here.