Charles Cilia Singlecut Prototype II

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  1. BoyMambo

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    Guys, you probably don't get to see to many guitars made by Aussie luthiers, I should also point out this is not really representative of Charle's usual shape, but I thought I would show it anyway and post a few pictures of the Cilia Singlecut Prototype II.

    Charles specialises in very light and extremely resonant electric guitars, he works very hard to find very good wood, and it takes around ten months or so between intial order and delivery. It is worth the wait.

    The guitar is light (weight) Brazilian Mahogany for the neck and back, with a maple cap. The neck is really amazing, very thin but doesn't feel too thin. Great tone, very resonant and has an even frequency response from the pickups he wound himself, no volume dropout or tonal changes on any of the frets, he really has done an exceptional job. (The guitar is only a few weeks old and is opening up beautifully.)

    We spoke today about what he was trying to achieve with his design and he said that he loved the classic LP shape but wanted to improve the access to the higher frets, make the guitar more comfortable and get the sound that you can get on the really good LP. From my playing time, I think he has definitely achieved all those objectives.

    Very happy and proud to own such a beasty!

    So here are some pictures:

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    He is also working on a semi-hollow for me that the body is to be made from one of piece quilt maple. The neck will be flamed maple. Still have a while to go on that one.
     
  2. matte

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    looks great. love the placement/simplicity of the controls.
     
  3. J Purcell

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    Which pickups did you go with?
    My kind of guitar. One volume and one tone knob.:RoCkIn
     
  4. BoyMambo

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    Charles' handwound them, they are splitable humbuckers.
     
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    Perhaps it's an optical illusion but there seems to be something odd with the body shape - like it's a bit pregnant at the back? I like the control layout as well (PRS style) and the tummy carve at the back.

    I'm sorry to say I hate the headstock but at the end of the day, that's not really important is it? It's how it sounds and plays! :)

    I'm fascinated by Charles hand winding his own pickups now. I would really like to check that out.
     
  6. BoyMambo

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    The back is flat apart from the tummy carve. To get the photos small enough for the web I went through two or three processes, probably altered the picture slightly.

    Charles has really moved his knowledge about hand winding pickups along, he has worked out the right materials for the back plate, magnets, bobbins and wire and what coating the wire has. These pickups must be about his fifth or sixth generation and the voicing is quite remarkable. (The entire frequency range is taut (?) and even, he has voiced them so that you can hear the guitar.)

    Anytime when you want a jam, give me a yell, Sundays best for me or every other Wednesday when my mates and I jam. Send me an email!
     
  7. NathanC

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    The Jerk guy, right?

    He makes some very fine instruments.
     
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    Yes, he played in the band named Jerk. He is now in Inc, saw them at the Annadale last night. Very good.

    He does make very fine instruments.
     
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    How heavy do you think your guitar will be? I have a guitar on order with similar specs by another luthier and I'm a bit worried about weight. I'm guessing solid woods/maple neck will make it quite a bit heaver than the laminate/mahogany neck combo of a ES335. I hope I'm wrong!
     
  10. BoyMambo

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    Spoke to Charles, the luthier, today and he said he really didn't know because it depend on how much wood is taken out.

    Mine is still several months away...
     
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    That's similar to my luthier's reply. I'm hoping under 8.5lbs.

    Mine won't be ready until '07 :(
     
  12. BoyMambo

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    I have now "owned" this guitar for a few weeks and have been playing it very regularly. I have also jammed with it three times and finally got a great chance to play it loud. My conclussions is that this guitar is going to force me to play a differently from any other guitar I have owned. Why? I don't know, the guitar is not louder than my SAS with HD Z90s or my PRS CU22 with Wolfetones, but it sounds very big when it is plugged in. The guitar is extremely sensitive to touch, you do not need any effects, with the Matchless, reverb is a waste. You just do not need any effects, what is really strange is that it sounds not like a humbucker, and though a little more like and yet not like a strat. The only way to describe it, is almost acoustic.
    To play, it is a joy, brilliant neck and action, and fantastic sustain. it is like listening to a piano settle when you get okay a chord. It is like the not is finishing on a long sigh!

    Would I order another one, too late already have, a Maple Quilt semi-hollow.
     

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