MotorAve Guitars - LeMans

Discussion in 'The Small Company Luthiers' started by dylmit, Feb 25, 2008.

  1. dylmit

    dylmit Silver Supporting Member

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    Check out my new baby. If you're looking for "Live at Leeds" tone then I highly recommend that you try a MotorAve LeMans. The build quality is fantastic and the neck shape is exactly as I wanted. The tone - amazing.


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    ford Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Very cool and unique and something we don't see over here very often!

    Thanks for showing it off.

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  3. wstsidela

    wstsidela I'm bonafied Gold Supporting Member

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    Congratulations. I have one on order too. Is that a Lollar P-90?
     
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    Very cool shape! Bolt-on? Pricing?
    Congrats!
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    dylmit Silver Supporting Member

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    It's a Lollar P90 pup, which is perfect match for the guitar.

    It's a set neck guitar. Picture an improved SG special tonewise only much better built with a unique shape and style and that's what a LeMans is all about. For example, he has improved the neck joint greatly - it's 4 inches long and 1 inch deep and set with hide glue. It's very rigid, unlike an SG. In my view, Mark really has an eye for physical design and has done something unique and beautiful. I have owned (and currently own) my share of clones but this guitar is, to me, something really different and cool.
     
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    Hopefully take this as a question and not a crit. From the pics I've seen, his guitars always seemed a bit crude, without the flash or detailing of other custom builders. Like the jack panel above. If you look at yours closely, is it smooth edged or sort of rough cut? It's hard to tell, and alot of the Moterave pics on the site look at like rough cut aluminum parts etc. Is this how it looks up close or is it just a photo issue. I'm not expecting all builders to have that 'Dipped in Glass" look, but how well detailed is the guitar? Again, a question and not a criticizm.
     
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    dylmit Silver Supporting Member

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    It's the picture, I think. The edges are nice and smooth - no issues there. The quality of the build is very high. Mark really agonizes over every detail.

    That said, it's a very utilitarian guitar. It does one thing REALLY well and it does it in a rather beautfully menancing looking package. It's not meant to be, in my view, a fancy shmancy showpiece guitar, like, say, a DeTemple. Although those are very nice guitars too, just a different animal.
     
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    ford Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

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    If I ever can afford a nice semihollow.. it will be a Bellaire!

    they are awesome.
     
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    wstsidela I'm bonafied Gold Supporting Member

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    I'm ordering a 12-string Korina Bel Aire too. I'm sending my deposit this week.

    It'll look like this except with 12 strings
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    That will be awesome..... except for changing strings....hahahaha... I'm just too lazy to own a 12 string.

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    I really love them, especially the color combo which seems so close to the Brian May Red Special. Even though they're nothing like that, they seem like it to my eye. I'm glad you said it's a detailed build. How about acoustically resonant? Loud guitar? Acoustically responsive to how hard you hit it?
     
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    wstsidela I'm bonafied Gold Supporting Member

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    All of Mark Fuqua's guitars are hand made. No parts. No CNC. He shapes his own necks. Cuts his own bodies. All the wood work is done by hand.

    I've known Mark about 5 years and the 12-string will be my 3rd Motor Ave guitar.
     
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    I always thought the mcQueen was his coolest design, but i guess they are out of production for some reason.
     
  14. dylmit

    dylmit Silver Supporting Member

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    My LeMans is a very alive feeling guitar that vibrates in your hands. It is also touch responsive. You can get clean and dirty tone based upon how you attack the instrument.
     
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    ...thats kindof the point. It was made for dude from burning brides after all.
     
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    I played a LeMans at Mark's shop about 6 mos. ago. It was beyond killer. this thread is making me jones again . . .
     
  17. wstsidela

    wstsidela I'm bonafied Gold Supporting Member

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    Here's a picture i received this afternoon of my new Motor Ave LeMans w/a Lollar P-90.

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    Woah they just updated their site today with 4 new belaires. That one with racing stripes is sick.

    While i think their guitars seem to me a bit pricy for no-frills instruments i really like their "not an option" list and the fact that josh and dimitri play them actually goes a long way in my book.
     
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    wstsidela I'm bonafied Gold Supporting Member

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    The red one is mine. The orange one belongs to Tom Rothrock.
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