austere [Koll progress pics]

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  1. baald

    baald Member

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    "Austere" was the word Saul used when i described to him what I wanted. I had described it in hte context of my dream guitar, thinking it would be unobtainable and that i'd have to have a different idea for the guitar i'd actually have him build. Nope. Striped black limba back and neck with macasser ebony drop-top, fingerboard and headplate? no problem. No inlays or binding to muck it up? "austere". well, that characterization of the vision sealed the deal. i'm all about austerity. yeah baby.

    back and neck wood from his special collection. top, f-board and headplate all cut from the same billet. it's getting a nickel plated skyway, VP90 neck, electroflux in the bridge.

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  2. drezdin

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    Wow! That is Beautiful. Congrats!
     
  3. Woodshed

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    Uh, what he said! Unbelievable!

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  4. Bryan T

    Bryan T Guitar Owner Silver Supporting Member

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    Damn! I had actually talked to Jim Soloway about doing a similar looking guitar, but ended up going a different route. I can definitely appreciate your aesthetic vision. That is going to be a beautiful guitar. If it sounds/plays anything like the Koll I played at NAMM, then you are in for a real treat.

    Bryan
     
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    Awesome. All these Koll progress pics are getting me really excited about the Tornado I have coming in the mail!

    -Austin
     
  6. baald

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    thanks y'all. only about another month to go. Funny thing is, now that it's almost here, i'm starting to gas for something else (a 12-fret acoustic. spec-built acoustics make spec-built solidbodies look downright affordable....well, Kolls really are reasonably priced for what you get, but still hard to call it "affordable" in front of my wife...)
     
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    Saul's work speaks to me on some level I cannot put into words. Congrats on your guitar!

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  8. joek86

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    Baald,

    Really bad ass, I don't think I've ever seen an ebony top before, pretty cool, very stealth! I can seem myself riding into the sunset on my Harley with that guitar strapped to my back!
    What a dream!


    Joe
     
  9. Praline

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    That man can make a beautiful guitar.
     
  10. michaelg

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    I have some special Saul goodies in this neck of the woods to. Saul is one of my favorites!!!
     
  11. Crazyquilt

    Crazyquilt Guitar Dad Silver Supporting Member

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    That is, indeed, badass. Those Electroflux pickups are awesome...it'll go super nice with the VP-90, I think.

    I love Saul's guitars. Getting one custom is a dream of mine I someday intend on realizing.
     
  12. baald

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    As it's a drop-top (only about 1/8" thick) the effect should be minimal. Certainly should be less than e.g. mounting a 5/8" slab of maple to it. Of course, everything makes a difference, so.....we'll see. FWIW, macasser is pretty highly regarded for acoustic back and sides, though I don't know how applicable that is here. But it didn't send me running away scared! i think it'll be fine.

    Considering that I'll be playing it through the phono input of a 1982 soundesign receiver with leaky EL caps and toshiba tower speakers with deteriorated surrounds, i'm not sure how much it'll matter anyway...

    baald
     
  13. Blunder

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    That guitar is so beautiful! I was at Saul's shop last week and he showed me that one. Great wood choices. That's going to be one sweet axe.
    My new Duo Glide is only a few weeks away. :D
     
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    Blunder - -you have to post pics on the TH forum when you get that guitar!
     
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    That is about as cool as it gets.
     
  17. Chun13

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    Waow ! That's a wonderful looking guitar !
     
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    It looks great, can't wait to see the photos when it's done. I thought I was doing something different, but WOW!
     
  19. guitarlovero5

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    that is a classy looking piece! Cheers!
     
  20. enharmonic

    enharmonic Old Growth Gold Supporting Member

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    Saul Koll makes a pretty guitar :)
     

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