Neal Moser Basilisk

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  1. davefoxtattoos

    davefoxtattoos Member

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    So I haven't been here long and figured I should at least start off by showing off my custom built Neal Moser Basilisk guitar. I designed the shape of the guitar, after collecting a number of handmade BC Rich and other wild-shaped guitars. I've been into the heavy metal shaped guitars since I was a kid and my friends had some handmade BC Riches in the late 80's. Years later I finally had the income to start collecting guitars I've always dreamed about.

    But the reality of most of the wild shapes, is that they aren't as functional as the standards, the non-pointies. So what I tried to do was design a guitar that looks exciting, flows well, and is even MORE comfortable and functional to play than strats, LPs, etc, etc...

    included in the list of benefits of my Basilisk design is the heavy beveled, smooth top edge for comfort. The high rear-top wing is also useful for elbowing the guitar into position (something I've always liked better about pointies than roundies). The short bottom-back wing is useful for knee resting while playing in heavy metal shred position live (who doesn't need that:rotflmao) and it also rests well and holds its place in the kick-back-on-the-couch-and-shred-while-chillin position. The half-loop on the bottom of the front-bottom horn works perfectly for resting the guitar on your left knee to play in classical sitting position, or other knee-style playing poses.

    And add to the design elements a guitar built with the finesse of 40-year veteran luthier, Neal Moser, and you have one, extradonary playing, sounding, comfortable and beautiful shred machine.

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    (and there is a 7-string version in the works;))
     
  2. davefoxtattoos

    davefoxtattoos Member

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    Oh, and the specs...
    Mahogany neck-thru body
    Swamp ash top on wings
    flamed maple cap on headstock and neck
    walnut stringers
    ebony fretboard
    abalone diamond inlays and headstock inlay
    jumbo nickel frets
    antique ivroid binding on neck and headstock
    lace drop and gain bridge pickup
    Neal Moser custom gain booster with mini-toggle and push-pull "cap mod"
     
  3. Matt Novak

    Matt Novak Member

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    Thats awesome. Could almost be a early BC Rich prototype.
     
  4. todd richman

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    Really cool-congrats! I was a huge early B.C. Rich player and have owned several Mockingbirds from the late 70's and early 80's. I see some Stealth, Bich and Ironbird in your guitar.
     
  5. Mudder

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    Looks similar to the Aria Urchin. Neat.
     
  6. Irreverent

    Irreverent Silver Supporting Member

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    Not my style, at all, but a very thoughtful design masterfully executed!

    Congrats!

    Peace.
     
  7. Just1more

    Just1more Supporting Member

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    Nice guitar, Neal did a lot of work for me over many years. One of the nicest guys I've ever met, & one of the finest luthiers out there. He does any type of guitar extremely well, traditional stuff & the "metal" type he's known for now.
    Enjoy it!
     
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    HoboMan Silver Supporting Member

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    treeofpain Silver Supporting Member

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    Look better than many pointy designs IMO - congrats!
     
  10. GarMan

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    This guitar reminds me of Chuck Schuldiner. Awesome.
     
  11. Thor

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    Love how you and Neal came up with a guitar with muchof the familar BC Rich aesthetic, but with an increased focus on ergonomics.

    Enjoy it in the best of health!
     
  12. davefoxtattoos

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    Thanks for your compliments. The design was actually very BC Stealth, Bich, Beast inspired, and Chuck Schuldiner is pretty much my musical hero so....

    Yes Neal is a great guy and does awesome work. His setups are immaculate. I'd recommend him to anyone interested in any type of guitars, as well as anyone who's looking to have their guitar setup to play perfectly.
     
  13. rgsss14

    rgsss14 Gold Supporting Member

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    I like it a lot!
     
  14. GarMan

    GarMan Supporting Member

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    Dude. Chuck would approve of your axe! Very awesome. The color is brillant as well. Go play some Spirit Crusher on that thing! :dude
     
  15. magnus02

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    not my style but i can appreciate the thought that went into it...

    i'd still enjoy busting out some early metallica on that thing...

    enjoy it!
     
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    dc_jcm800 Silver Supporting Member

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    I'm saving my pennies to one day have Neal re-do my old Mockingbird.

    That looks nice!
     
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    redragon Silver Supporting Member

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    Hideous but awesome.
     
  18. Stu Cats

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    I love it, but I sure would look stupid playing it. ;)
     
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    samdjr74 Silver Supporting Member

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    Very nice, I love Neals work, he built me a swamp ash Moser 10 a few years ago and it's an incredible guitar.
     
  20. Kappy

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    Great piece, Dave. Can't wait to see the 7-string version!

    Dave
     

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