A few days ago I made a post showing some old Guitars Tom Anderson has, including an old Schecter. I didn't have the complete story until now, and I wanted to make a clarifying post about just the old Schecter. This is an historic guitar, it was the first built by Dave Schecter using what he calls 'production' techniques. Prior to this guitar, the few that Dave had built were one off hand made affairs. This guitar's body was made with a router and a template, i.e. it was re-producable. Precise reproducibility was the secret sauce that made Schecter such a respected company during the Van Nuys years. Dave was in L.A. temporarily and unexpectedly in 1973 for a few months. He got a job at a guitar shop called Valley Guitar. He started the guitar while working there and living in an old hotel at Laurel Canyon & Ventura. He cobbled together some kind of pin router, made a template, and built the body while sitting in the small courtyard at the hotel. The guitar was finished in Tuscon and Dave took it with him as he travelled through Mexico and to Guatemala looking for a place to produce guitars. He landed back in LA, and that guitar hung in Red's Royal Amplifier while Dave worked there. This guitar also had a very fat neck, while it hung at Red's a guy named Thumbs Carllile would love to come in and play it, on his lap, like a lap steel guitar. Dave describes the sound as 'huge'. One thing Dave noticed is many people who played it liked the big neck, and big fat necks became a part of the Schecter Dream machine mystique. It was actually Dave's personal guitar, and by far the guitar he kept the longest, 5 years. It was modified during that time, it started out with humbuckers, then Dave made those giant bar magnet pickups with four taps. The guitar ended up in Van Nuys, and Tom Anderson bought it soon after he started working for the newly formed Schecter Guitar Research. When Tom paid $300, Dave assumed he'd have to build a proper pick guard. Tom had to foresight to have him 'just leave it'.