Mark Fuqua (MotorAve) on Tone

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  1. desertrat07

    desertrat07 Supporting Member

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    I was poking around the MotorAve website and came across Mark Fuqua's take on tone: http://www.motorave.com/tone.html

    His #1 most important factor - the player of course! Pretty common sense stuff, but it made me think that many of us seem to be chasing our tails in the hunt for the perfect guitar. I also wonder about how we are so easily influenced by marketing, and hype. Not that there aren't great guitars being built these days...we seem to be living in the golden age right now...but when is enough ever enough? Or is it more about finding a well-crafted guitar that will inspire you to discover new sounds and ideas? What are you after that has led you to boutique guitars?
     
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    Wide necks. 1.75 at the nut. 15" radius. Ebony, SS frets, and a bunch more stuff.

    My sound. My feel. No one makes this off the shelf.

    If a guy can't play, guitars don't matter, so the whole "gear vs practice" discussion is beside the point. If you can play, the right guitar is hugely important.

    dc
     
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    enharmonic Old Growth Gold Supporting Member

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    I play his guitars. His opinions are definitely supported by and reflected in his work. He doesn't put a lot of stock in the intangibles, but his guitars have them.

    Find an instrument that makes you want to play, and then play the hell out of that instrument. :)
     
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    While he is right to a point, after spending as much as did on my motoraves it made me a better player. I invested so much in the guitars i figured i shold be willing to invest just as much in my playing...
     
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    I've got one incoming on Monday (a Lemans) and can't wait to put this theory to the test! I also feel like it's much easier to bond with a guitar when it was made by a builder with obvious passion for the craft (which I think is probably essential for any small builder to succeed these days).
     
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    enharmonic Old Growth Gold Supporting Member

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    Congrats! What color did you get?
     
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    Thanks! I picked this one up used here on TGP.

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    Although I got it used, this one has the exact specs I've been looking for - Soft-Stop tailpiece, single P90 with tone cut controls and the '59 neck carve...plus I dig the color too! I can't wait until it arrives...and just in time for what's shaping up to be a snowday here in Santa Fe.
     
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    I believe that was m son's Le mans! If it is, its one of the best sounding P90 guitars that I've held!






     
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    Hey Joe, your name is on the MotorAve Certificate so I'm sure it was your son's guitar. Although I'm just getting to know it since it arrived on Monday, it is a phenomenal guitar that exceeds my expectations in every way. I named it Bone...both for its appearance and the way it sounds like it could cut someone to the bone with a simple power chord...awesome.
     
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    Cool,I hope you enjoy it as much as he did!
     
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    Be careful....I picked up a used Lemans on this board a few years back and ended up ordering three other guitars from Mark since then. Damn things are addictive

     
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    Hey Joe,
    I sold your LeMans to Adam and bought another LeMans to replace it. Both the LeMans I have played are truly "Great" Guitars!

     
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    I'd like to get another LeMans. My original Korina one is floating around out there somewhere. Probably won't be able to get my Fawn Beige Metallic BelAire #36 back, but glad I was able to get #23 back.

    My next one will be ready around this time next year. :)
     
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    You gotta be cool to play a lemans.... I wasnt! Lol
     
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    always in the market for a belaire if anyone has a desire to rehome one of theirs
     
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    Well if you ever part with #23 again, I got dibs :)

     
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    I'll keep my eyes peeled for you. I was lucky to get my first one back, and would need serious money to consider ever selling one again...and even then it would be a tough call. #23 and #89 are both bananas in different ways. I currently have Curtis Novak pickups in my blacktop. They're humbucker sized foil pickups, and they're badass. The korina BelAire is the only 6-string done in korina to date, and it has a set of Throbak PG-102's. My third one will be here next fall, and it has Duo-Trons. It will be a BelAire trifecta, because I'll have 1 with each tailpiece :dude
     
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    I am head-over-heels in love with my Lemans, but if I ever get the money together I'd love to grab another one just like that korina with a single humbucker...so sweet. Does anybody know if he's still working with korina these days?
     

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