Soloway Swan #062

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Went to the LI guitar show because I heard Ben Fargen and Jim
Soloway were going to be there and I wanted to meet them.
Well Soloway Swan #E062 has a new home, and I'm over the
moon with it. This one has a swamp ash body with the only
quilted maple top Jim has made. It has a 3 ply (super fast)
maple neck with a Cocobolo fingerboard. It has a nitro finish
on the body and neck and has a truly amazing 3D turquoise
finish on the quilted maple top. The neck dot markers are also turquoise and the hardware is all nickel and chrome.

This is one amazing instrument. Jim is a true craftsman of the
highest order. I have the proof in my hands.


Jim and Ben were fabulous to deal with. I'll have to swing back
tomorrow just to hang with them again.
 
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This Weeks Acquisitions
Here they are, the newbies:

1) Burns Cobra (only $225)
2) Soloway Swan (Turquoise Maple Quilt Top, only 3 hours old)
3) Gretsch 6120JR (Les Paul scale body, 2.5" deep)
4) 1977 Telecaster (best sounding Tele I ever touched)

to view, go to www.picturetrail.com/cultreri

I hope this works!

I'll get my wife to work the camera and post some better pics
in a few.
 

Kappy

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Looks real nice Cliff! Wish I could hear how it sounds...will have to try one of those one of these days.

Cheers,

Dave

 

bluesdoc

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Ah Cliff..... it's good to treat yourself so well....... :D

jon
 

Motorhed

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man, i wanted that one!!!! :D


i've never played one, but i love how swans look, beautiful flowing design. i'm sure they're as comfortable as they look.

congrats and if you ever want to sell it, please let me know! :D :dude
 
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Went back to the show today and came home Soloway Swan
#060. This is the 6 string brother to Jim Soloway's personal 7
string. They were both cut from the same piece of swamp ash
and both tops are from the same piece of quilted mahogany.

This particular guitar is being reviewed and featured in the
upcoming issue of Guitar Player.

That's 2 Soloways in 2 days. What truly amazing guitars. A few
Gibsons will be sent along on their merry way next week
 

SteveK

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Congrats Cliff! #62 was here last weekend for the Forum Jam at our house, and received a lot of attention from the 15-20 players who were here. Beautiful sounding and playing guitar....ENJOY!!!
 

tiltrite

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Cliff,

I played that very guitar at the LA amp show in Ben's room and I have to say that I am VERY JEALOUS! Not only did it play great but it had such a clarity and depth to its tone- and those qualities could be heard when played clean and when played dirty. There's something about that extra long scale, and the way that Jim executes the design that works great.

If I had had the coin at the moment I surely would've purchased it, but clearly it was meant to go to you. Congratulations on purchasing a great guitar. At some point I will certainly commission one with just about the exact same specs as the one you have.

Best,
Eric
 

rh

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I only stopped by the booth briefly. I was completely impressed by the way the Fargen amp and Soloway guitars sounded together. I'd have loved to play them, but by then my 4yo son was going bonkers from boredom.
 
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IMO Jim Soloway's design and the 27 inch scale are the best thing to happen to the electric guitar in a long time. I have found
the perfect instrument for myself. These guitars are truly a source
of inspiration when in my hands.

The only other bucker guitar I'm keeping is my Les Paul, all others
are going. The Soloways, Strats and Teles will be my main guitars.
I will be ordering a 3rd Soloway with a Cocobolo Top and
Bluesbreaker PUPS to fill the P90 slot. I have not played another
bucker style guitar that, for me, can compete with the Soloway. I
can't sing enough praise for the tones, versatility and playability
of these unique guitars.

The Soloways bring out the absolute best in me. I've not felt
this kind of inspiration from an instrument in decades. It feels
like I've finally made it back home.

***Don't be fooled. The Soloways are as strong at firebreathing
rock and blues as they are at jazz and classical styles of playing.
 

gregc

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Cliff, congrats and I'm glad you like em. I love mine! Sorry I missed you at the booth on Saturday. Thay may have been you, playing the turk one while I chatted it up with Jim & Ben in the afternoon??? Anyway... enjoy em, and I do agree with you, they are fine rock & blues guitars as well as jazz/chord melody makers.
gregc
 
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GregC, I spent a few hours with Jim & Ben, just sitting and
playing at their booth. So sorry I did not get to meet you and
speak.

I feel like I've rediscovered the electric guitar, thanks to the
Soloway.

What Soloway do you have?

Cliff
 

gregc

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Mine is a 5 lb ash body with f-hole, a bubinga top, headstock overlay, and rear cover, cocobolo fretboard, knobs, and pickup rings, DiMarzio buckers with coil tap, nitro finish, the new sperzels, tortoise binding with white purfling, black hardware.........


gregc
 
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These are probably the only guitars made that will sound better
better than they look. Your guitar looks absolutely beautiful.
Best of luck and health with it. How long have you had it?

I'm so thrilled to have had the opportunity to meet Jim and
discover these incredible instruments.

I just ordered another. This one will have a swamp ash body
with a Cocobolo top and the Bluesbucker pickups. That should
easily fill my P90 slot and a whole lot more.
 

adamquek

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Originally posted by CliffC
These are probably the only guitars made that will sound better
better than they look. Your guitar looks absolutely beautiful.
Best of luck and health with it. How long have you had it?

I'm so thrilled to have had the opportunity to meet Jim and
discover these incredible instruments.

I just ordered another. This one will have a swamp ash body
with a Cocobolo top and the Bluesbucker pickups. That should
easily fill my P90 slot and a whole lot more.
Wow congrats, they sure make a BEAUTIFUL pair. I'm over the moon with my Soloway as well, I bought that guitar blind as I'm located in Sydney Australia but I have no regrets at all... really sweet guitar. The 27" neck has be addicted I don't know how I'm ever going to buy another guitar without a 27" neck, and the finish and tone are just immaculate. 2 thumbs up.. I can never say enough about Jim's guitars OR the way he treats his customers. Truly fantastic.
 




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