Soloway Swan #062

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by DestroyAllGuitars, May 21, 2005.

  1. DestroyAllGuitars

    DestroyAllGuitars Member

    Messages:
    727
    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2002
    Location:
    North Carolina
    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.
     
  2. Kappy

    Kappy Member

    Messages:
    14,044
    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2005
    Location:
    West Village, NYC
    Congrats! Post up some pics when you get the chance.
     
  3. Shemp

    Shemp Member

    Messages:
    981
    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2002
    Location:
    Mendon, MA
    Is that the Blue Guitar? Gorgeous!
     
  4. DestroyAllGuitars

    DestroyAllGuitars Member

    Messages:
    727
    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2002
    Location:
    North Carolina
    The blue one indeed. It's a killer!!! Made my day.
     
  5. DestroyAllGuitars

    DestroyAllGuitars Member

    Messages:
    727
    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2002
    Location:
    North Carolina
    How do I post pics here? I'll put up shots of the Soloway, the
    Gretsch, the Tele and the Burns.
     
  6. DestroyAllGuitars

    DestroyAllGuitars Member

    Messages:
    727
    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2002
    Location:
    North Carolina
    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.
     
  7. Kappy

    Kappy Member

    Messages:
    14,044
    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2005
    Location:
    West Village, NYC
    Looks real nice Cliff! Wish I could hear how it sounds...will have to try one of those one of these days.

    Cheers,

    Dave

    [​IMG]
     
  8. bluesdoc

    bluesdoc Gold Supporting Member Gold Supporting Member

    Messages:
    13,128
    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2002
    Location:
    Santa Rosa, CA
    Ah Cliff..... it's good to treat yourself so well....... :D

    jon
     
  9. Motorhed

    Motorhed Member

    Messages:
    5,955
    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2003
    Location:
    Where the winds of Limbo roar
    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
     
  10. DestroyAllGuitars

    DestroyAllGuitars Member

    Messages:
    727
    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2002
    Location:
    North Carolina
    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
     
  11. SteveK

    SteveK Supporting Member

    Messages:
    989
    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2002
    Location:
    Thankfully, West By God Virginia
    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!!!
     
  12. tiltrite

    tiltrite Member

    Messages:
    670
    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2004
    Location:
    Burbank, CA
    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
     
  13. rh

    rh Robo Sapien Noise Maker Gold Supporting Member

    Messages:
    6,444
    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2003
    Location:
    New York, USA
    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.
     
  14. DestroyAllGuitars

    DestroyAllGuitars Member

    Messages:
    727
    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2002
    Location:
    North Carolina
    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.
     
  15. DestroyAllGuitars

    DestroyAllGuitars Member

    Messages:
    727
    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2002
    Location:
    North Carolina
    Some pics of the two new loves in my life:

    www.picturetrail.com/cultreri

    Soloways:
    #062 Turquoise Quilt Maple Top on left
    #060 Curly Mahogany Top on right

    More to come.....
     
  16. gregc

    gregc Member

    Messages:
    3,707
    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2002
    Location:
    Long Island, NY, USA
    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
     
  17. DestroyAllGuitars

    DestroyAllGuitars Member

    Messages:
    727
    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2002
    Location:
    North Carolina
    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
     
  18. gregc

    gregc Member

    Messages:
    3,707
    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2002
    Location:
    Long Island, NY, USA
    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.........
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    gregc
     
  19. DestroyAllGuitars

    DestroyAllGuitars Member

    Messages:
    727
    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2002
    Location:
    North Carolina
    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.
     
  20. adamquek

    adamquek Member

    Messages:
    680
    Joined:
    Oct 29, 2004
    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.
     

Share This Page