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  1. BeeTL

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    I'm adding a Combo 600 inspired guitar body shape to the portfolio.

    Behold the Comboluxe:

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    A you all probably know, guitar building is my passion, but it’s not my career.

    My day job is with a Fortune 150 company.

    They did a nice little writeup on me in January.

    I thought that was pretty cool!

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    So, it's finally (almost) official.

    I am graduating with my B.A. from Eckerd College in May.

    It's never too late.

    https://www.eckerd.edu/commencement/

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    I have been a bit sidetracked finishing up my college degree, working up some new designs for guitar, and accumulating inventory.

    Things are about to get a little more interesting.

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    Somebody has been busy! Congrats on the upcoming degree! Also really liking the look of the comboluxe! Can't wait to see one finished out and painted. I have had one of the Revstar s stuck in my head since they came out. I had been debating adding one to my collection, but without a Yamaha dealer nearby it is hard to pull the trigger on one. Knowing what I can expect if I buy one from you might just push me to pick up one of these instead. Not quite the same double cut, but I like it!
     
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    Thanks, you are very kind!

    I have to say, these are head and shoulders above my original prototypes in terms of quality.

    Here's something to consider, too...did I mention things are about to get a little more interesting?

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    Some pics of recent activities, two T-styles in for hot-rodding.

    The Foto Flame finsished up , and a Warmoth build gets a new neck.

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    My first ever mahogany neck, a 32" scale conversion neck finished in vintage amber satin:

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    Bill Malik with bass #001 on stage with the Wilson Van at the Capitol Theater:

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    I wanted to take a moment to thank everybody who has followed Lowe Custom Guitars for your support throughout the years, and over the last few months in particular.

    Between the loss of my mother, my daughter Natalie’s high school graduation and enrollment at University of Central Florida, and my own graduation from Eckerd College, it has been an eventful summer.

    I am grateful to be surrounded by supportive friends and family, mindful that I have been gifted with a life experience beyond anything I could have reasonably expected, and hopeful that I can somehow reciprocate and share that experience with others as I continue along my path.

    Thank you all for being in my life.

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    Now, on to the fun stuff.

    Our good friend Señor Rowka has been busy learning about CAD/CAM, CNC, Variable Radius Fillets, hardware and software troubleshooting, tool paths, and dust collection.

    The net result of which is this, the Ridler VI prototype:

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    Here's a nice customer shot of a Primaluxe from the last run.

    You probably won't see one exactly like this ever again:

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    Here's another customer shot I've been meaning to post:

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    James looks pretty happy with his one-of-a-kind Teeluxe.

    This one will never be duplicated.

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    Back in the saddle again:

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    The Teeluxe on the lower left and the Primaluxe are for me.

    I will finally have a guitar and a bass of my very own.

    It's been a long time.

    The Primaluxe is the last Mighty Mite body I had on hand, and it uses one of my 32" scale conversion necks:

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    Every neck I use in my builds gets threaded steel inserts tapped and glued in place.

    They are attached using 8-32 stainless steel machine screws.

    This maintains a vintage look, but is significantly stronger and more durable than traditional wood screws.

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    Wood, paint, and metal...a few of my favorite things.

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    My goal has been to design a portfolio that is thematically cohesive, musically versatile, and aesthetically diverse.

    This current gallery shot makes me feel as though I'm getting closer to that mark.

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    Here's a nice live shot of Four Star Riot with Aaron Akers and his Ridler IV at Ella's Folk Art Cafe.

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    Here's a fitment mockup of the Ridler VI with most of the parts sitting loose on the body.

    Also shown is the Lowe "chopped" bridge that allows for a Bigsby to be retrofitted to a Lowe or any other guitar with a vintage 6+4 string through bridge.

    I haven't experimented with it yet, but I'm curious to see if this configuration would allow the Bigsby to serve as a B-bender if one were to string the other 5 strings conventionally.

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    The Lowe Universal Ring and Rout allows any instrument to be fitted with a wide variety of pickups by Lindy Fralin Pickups, Lollar Pickups, and TV Jones:

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    I love Allparts day:

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    I've been busy finishing up a bunch of builds.

    At times I feel like Dr. Finklestein.

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