Ordered a Thorn this weekend - Santanaburst

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  1. MikeyG

    MikeyG Supporting Member

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    While I was out for the LA Amp show, Leonc and I paid a visit to Ron's shop.

    I went in without much in the way of preconceived notions. Primarily because I wanted to experiment, but don't have much experience with any 'exotic' woods.

    After much discussion, these are the specs:

    Body: White Limba, 2 " thick
    Finish: Santana Orange in a burst
    Top: wide flametop (I went in with the idea of fine pinstripe!)
    Fretboard: Cocobola (some nice orangy browns)
    Neck: Birdseye maple
    Inlays: Orange Firesuns, and motorcycle handlebars on the neck joint
    Wooden pickup rings and tone/vol controls
    Paua purfling
    Natural flame binding
    5 way blade, with coil tap on the tone knob

    Pickups: haven't made a decision yet. Honestly I may wait until Ron has it all finished, and then get his assessment on how the guitar sounds tonally/acoustically, and then proceed from there.

    While out there, I got to see some great guitars made for Big Mike, Nick Vig, and Carl Werkmeister. Carl's was the most visually stunning guitar I've laid eyes on. He really went the distance on this guitar.

    Now the wait begins!
     
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    Sounds like it will be a sweeeet guitar! Why go with white limba, black limba is excellent too! :D
     
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    Congrats! It will be well worth the wait in the end.:D
     
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    I was trying to go for something a bit different tonally. I am a died in wool maple/mahogany guy. I think Limba will be just a little different. I thought I'd try a maple neck. It will be interesting to see how it sounds, in a set neck setup. Especially with the cocobolo, which has some nice ring to it. We held up 2 different cocobolo boards, and gave them a couple knocks, and they sounded very different. With a little naptha, that cocobolo came alive.
     
  7. CarlWerkmeister

    CarlWerkmeister Silver Supporting Member

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    Mike..congrats!
    The body on mine is White Limba (Korina).
    Should be real nice..can't wait to see it!
     
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    Shreve Katzenjammer Kid Gold Supporting Member

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    Sounds very goooood. You won't regret it. :AOK
     
  9. johnrea_77

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    I'll post on the Thorn forum once I get my number. Artisan Deluxe AD2XX. Everything has been selected except the pickups which will be dual humbuckers. I have a few likely candidates.

    It will be a dark black flame top w/ gold/silver/onyx firesuns and a few other tweaks. White Limba, Tonepros hardtail, and gold hardware. More details once confirmed after the deposit is received. I think Ron has had a good bunch of orders lately from the sound of things.
     
  10. mikef1331

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    Congrats on the order and welcome to the Thorn club!:BEER
     
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    ...and I have some guitars to keep me busy until "the day" arrives.

    Sorry Mike - I forgot to say Congrats on your order. I'll probably be seeing your progress pics alongside mine over the coming months. Beat the price bump, but not by much.... (saw the post the day after I sent the deposit!)
     
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    Hell yeah! That was a sexy board you got there Mike. Top too. Can't wait to see that one done.:AOK
     
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    I love my Thorn.

    It is the most expensive guitar I own. But it sings like no other.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Nice order.

    Ron is great to work with. I feel lucky indeed to have two of his guitars.
     
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    Mike congrats on the order. My #033 has a white limba body, with a trans blue finish. Like Carl said your gonna dig it it kills. Very cool you got to see/play a bunch of different Thorns, different neck profiles, different woods, p/u's etc. Congrats man you will never regret it.

    John, congrats on your order as well. yeah another White Limba man!
     
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    johnrea_77 Silver Supporting Member

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    as posted on TNDP:

    The deposit is received and the first phone review is done. The ride begins here.

    I will post the confirmed order with the details. But the quick take is :

    Artisan Deluxe #197

    white limba chambered body/neck
    dark black trans flame top (real dark)
    matching headstock - gold T/paua circle
    gold firesuns w/ silver rimmed onyx centers
    gold MOP side dots
    gold hardware / stop tailpiece
    dual humbuckers w/ some tweaks tbd
    black volume/tone w/ gold accents

    - john r.
     
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    Sounds like a winner. Congrats.
     
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    Hey MikeyG, I can't wait for that one to arrive so I can DROOL! A couple of questions. How does the cocobola compare to braz rswd or ebony? Why wide flame vs. pinstripe? (I assume purely cosmetic.) Birdseye maple neck sounds gorgeous. We HAVE to quit procrastinating and get together soon!
     
  20. MikeyG

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    Cocobolo: not sure. I did the tap test on 2 different pieces, and I chose the warmer sounding of the two. The flame was cosmetic, yup. I've always loved the big, wide flames, they're a bit unusual. The flames had ALOT of movement too.

    This weekend might work well. My family is heading out of town. I've got your number, I'll call later in the week.
     

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