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My Asher is 4 years old now

Discussion in 'The Small Company Luthiers' started by shallbe, Feb 11, 2019.

  1. shallbe

    shallbe Deputy Plankspanker Gold Supporting Member

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    This guitar's concept was a tribute to my first electric guitar, a 1974 Montgomery Ward POS with 3 Tiesco gold foil pickups. I think it was all mahogany, but I'm not sure. Sounded gorgeous, looked cool and had every pickup combination possible. But unfortunately kept falling apart---really bad hardware, everywhere.

    In 2014 I was looking for that gold foil sound and response, but in a quality instrument. I already owned a used Asher T and loved the ergonomic body shape, neck carve and the whole vibe of the guitar. I called Bill and we discussed my ideas, and he was eager to make it a reality. Mahogany body and neck, maple top, ebony fingerboard and headstock.

    He created the design and templates, let me pick the woods, kept me apprised of progress, created a unique pickguard, built evertything to my specs----and still hit the 6 month delivery date! Keep in mind the pickups are mounted directly to the body so there was a lot to get correct in terms or measurements, routing, etc. In spite of current horror stories with some builders, there are still a lot of small luthiers out there that treat their customers right and deliver as promised. Bill Asher is certainly one of them.

    It is 4 years old now. The woods Bill chose from his stash are incredible. The fretwork is the best I have seen, and still shows no wear. It is the most unique instrument I own.




     
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    rollyfoster Supporting Member

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    nice guitar! can't read the text at all...
     
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    shallbe Deputy Plankspanker Gold Supporting Member

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    That is weird that two people cant see it. I can see it on my screen and on preview. I made it bold---does that help?
     
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    rollyfoster Supporting Member

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    What he said. The follow-up post is legible, though.
     
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    shallbe Deputy Plankspanker Gold Supporting Member

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    Just checked and the text was white for some reason and I changed it to black. I hope that helps.
     
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    Last Nerve Supporting Member

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    Great story. Bill is a superb guy.
    Guitar is killer.
     
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    BTW, what's the amp pictured?
     
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    shallbe Deputy Plankspanker Gold Supporting Member

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    That is a Jamison 30 1x12 combo. Phil built that for me in 1999 or early 2000 before he took the helm of the new Matchless company.
     
  9. Bryan T

    Bryan T Guitar Owner Silver Supporting Member

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    We had one of those at the shop I used to work at. It was an amazing amp.
     
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    Bill is at the top of his game. He recently started doing David Crosby and Neil Youngs work to go along with Ben Harper, Greg Leisz Jackson Brown etc. etc. etc. He's a righteous dude too!
     
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    shallbe Deputy Plankspanker Gold Supporting Member

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    I see that cool repair work in my feed these days. It is amazing he does all that repair/restoration AND builds great guitars. Bill is entrusted with some special instruments these days from notable artists, and gets them ready for the road/studio . He and Jessica are such nice folks.
     
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    Csapo Gold Supporting Member

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    @shallbe , that is a stunner, congrats. Bill is a true and very talented craftsman.

    I have two of his T's, love both and would relish having another...
     
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    paintguy Long Hair Hippy Freak Silver Supporting Member

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    big mike Consigliere Staff Member

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    Love that. Bill makes stellar guitars, and is great guy to boot.
    One of these days I'll have one.
     
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    Teleplayer Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Steve - beautiful instrument. Hope you're enjoying and making great music with it!
     
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