BRIGGS: Who owns one. Who's waiting for one?

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  1. DWB1960

    DWB1960 Senior Member

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    Wonder how many Briggs owners (current and future) hang in these parts.

    I've owned an Avatar Special for just over two months and I love it. Very resonant, great playability, unique and gorgeous looks, top shelf craftmanship, and an all round synergy that is hard to put into words.

    Let's hear from ya fellow Briggites!
     
  2. Pont68

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    I've had an Avatar special since February and have been really enjoying it. Mine has an all mahogany body with 3 P-90's and the fat neck carve. Jack was great to work with. What are the spec's on your Avatar.
     
  3. DWB1960

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    Ya, Jack was and continues to be a blast to work with. Mine has a black limba maple topped body with a black limba neck, medium C carve, and 2 Lollar mini-buckers.

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    I am waiting on what should be a very special Briggs. Jack just sent me some pics of the neck inlays. It will be a Classic with all old growth wood. It should be here in Oct.
     
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    I'm waiting for my Briggs as well. Maple top (quilt), limba back (chambered), Lollar pickups. And some other nice appointments as well.

    I've sold a few of Jack's guitars so I know it's well worth the wait.

    I'll post pictures when I get it late this year.
     
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    I'm waiting for an Avatar Special. Tight flame maple top, one piece mahogany back, one piece mahogany neck, cocobolo board, custom blackburst finish with scraped binding, 3 Lollar P-90s and the chunky neck carve. I should get it April or May of next year. I'm not sure I'll survive the wait, but I'm so freaking psyched it's ridiculous.
     
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    Here are some pics I just got

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    Here are the specs

    30 yr old Mahogany body
    75 yr old Mahogany neck
    50 yr old Maple top
    45 yr old Braz rosewood fretboard
    Ebony headplate
     
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    Who has played a Classic? Whaddaya think?
     
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    I saw Jack at the NAMM show and he had one that was similar (old growth wood) and it was the highlight of NAMM for me. Just an exceptional instrument.
     
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    The classic intrigued me. That old growth wood seems like it will make a great instrument. My Avatar special with 3 P-90's is a great instrument. FredW what finish are you going with?
     
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    I happened to be in Indoor Storm when Jack brought in his prototype of the Classic. Jack was gratious enough to let me play it and, no suprprise, it was a stunning instrument. A prototype of his slim/fat control was also installed. That was a really cool option, too.
     
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    So what ya waitin fer? ;)
     
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    What beautiful guitars!

    Dana O.
     
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    It is going to have what Jack calls a 59 burst finish, It is kind of a light amber burst.
     
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    One of the nice cosmetic touchess on my Briggs is the ivoroid binding.

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  16. LTE

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    Donnie,

    Is that Briggs equipped with mini humbuckers? If so, I assume they are Lollars, correct?
     
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    Yup. Lollar mini-buckers. Love them!
     
  18. DWB1960

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    That's killer Jason. Especially the neck! Congrats.
     
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    Jason - wow! That's a beaut! I'd love to try one of those Briggs guitars...
     
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    Agreed. Articulate is a great word to describe mine too.
     

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