That's no 'cute girl'. She's a future luthier legend.
Cindy Hulej. She works with, and four feet from,
Rick. Along with Chris.
She makes incredible, unique guitars, the old school way, using old tools and the key: old NYC wood, especially from Flatbush Brooklyn recently, and is picking up a following, fast. Her setup work is excellent too. Rick is showing her the ropes. Same with Chris on repair work. Their benches yield craftsmanship.
I have one of Rick's guitars and Cindy did a wood burned pick guard for it. While it did take me sometime to get used to the feeling of a wood guard (as opposed to plastic, etc) it looks fantastic and contributes to the feel of an old wood guitar that Rick and Cindy specialize in. I'd love to work with her on a full body design soon.
It's been awhile since i've posted a pic of my kelly. Man I love this guitar so much, whenever i'm playing anything else I just wish I was playing the Kelly. It just reacts so differently from everything else that i've played.
The body is from Jim Jarmusch's apt and the neck is from the Chelsea Hotel. Its got Don Mare Hayrides which sound really wonderful.
The neck on mine is pretty large but i've really adapted to it, especially when I put in the time and really play it. I have pretty small hands so I was a little shocked for the first few minutes but I don't even think about it now. At first other guitars seemed incredibly small, almost like toys, but now I just play whatever and nothing really bothers me.
After years of not really caring what i was playing, I went a little nuts and went through a lot of guitars the last few years, mostly Fender styles. The two that really stuck out to me was the Kelly Tele and a Danocaster strat style guitar. To be honest, the Kelly is just on another level from everything i've ever played. Definitely not for everyone but a real masterpiece in my opinion. The closest comparison is an old esquire or a late 30's Martin a friend of mine has. I love the old world feel to it, real craftsmanship.
The fourth pic down (Strat) in paulbearer's post #802 is mine.
Everything on there is a major influence from my childhood - paying respect to my parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles and artists that helped shape who I am. For example - the 207 is the address sign taken from my grandmother's house before it was torn down! It is a personal meditation for me every time I pick that guitar up. I gave Cindy random ideas and she nailed it! Exactly what I was picturing in my mind.
When I was paying for my guitar, Rick commented to Cindy about my signature being really fast and to the point. She lovingly put her head on Rick's shoulder for a moment and they both smiled. It was really a special moment to catch.