Vintage Guitar Mag/Warrior Guitar

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  1. DiazDude

    DiazDude Member

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    The back cover of the Feb 06 Vintage Guitar has
    a full page ad for Warrior Guitars. One of the guitars
    shows the 1st in the series "Knights of the Round Table"
    guitar, "King Arthur". It's a beautiful piece but I noticed
    that the carved images are of a Roman Soldier not a Knight.
    What made me look at it twice was the Helmet & Short Sword
    on the carved larger image. When I looked closer the entire
    uniform was that of a Roman officer, perhaps a Centurion.
    I've emailed Warrior and asked about it but I haven't heard from them
    yet.
    Take a look and see what you think.
     
  2. clarkram

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    Well, I never looked that closely at the image on the guitar, unless you have a fetish for this type of thing I thought it was just too much. BTW, I also think that recent versions of the PRS dragon are....ugly as well, to each their own.

    As for historical accuracy I wouldn't be surprised if you were correct. Warrior used to have a penchant for religious themes, subliminal and overt.

    I hope this doesn't turn into a religious thing. My apologies to the mods if it does.
     
  3. sundaypunch

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    Great, now you ruined it for the poor guy that just spent $8k on that thing :)

    In addition to having a lack of taste they apparently they have a lack of desire for doing a minimum amount of research. The other 9 in their Arthurian series are even worse. Merlin, for example, looks identical to Harry Potter. If you look closely at the Lancelot guitar he appears to be wearing a pair of Air Jordans. The worst of the lot is the Cadbury Castle guitar in which the castle is actually modeled after the Exaclibur hotel in Vegas.
     
  4. Glowing Tubes

    Glowing Tubes Gold Supporting Member

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    LOL!
    I was wondering if it was just me. I find them to be very unattractive (to put it nicely) The top on his other guitar looks awesome though.

    RC
     
  5. Crazyquilt

    Crazyquilt Guitar Dad Silver Supporting Member

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    Much as it pains me to say this (because I think the Warrior guitars are dreadfully tacky) giving Arthur Roman duds isn't that far fetched. Some Arthurian scholars feel that Arthur -- if he existed -- was a Romanized Celt. So, wearing Roman armor isn't totally out of the question, although it's still ugly, and, since King Arthur is most familiar to us in his High Middle Ages/Early Renaissance guise, it's a foolish design choice.
     
  6. DiazDude

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    Wonder who does the design? I know Ron Thorn does a lot of their inlay work.
     
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    Now that you mention the inlay. The inlay on the neck looks to have the
    correct "Broadsword". :NUTS
     
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    I too think those new ones are pretty OTT & wouldn't own one myself, but the older "Crusader Series" or whatever they were called looked okay. I think there are still some pics of those up over on good ol' Ed Roman's site.
     
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    do they come with a prime rib dinner ala ed r
     
  11. Teleplayer

    Teleplayer Silver Supporting Member

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    Maybe they should have done one depicting Hadrian's Wall. That would have been a good melding of something that captures both Rome and Britain at the same time.....
     
  12. stark

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    I'm holding out for the Caligula model.

    Adam Stark
     
  13. lookslikemeband

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    Warriors are killer. They're up there with PS quality, without a doubt.
     
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    They had a shop here in Atlanta for a while. Gorgeous to behold, but they tended to feel stiff. Not a lot of resonant vibe, literal or metaphorical.

    Michael
     
  15. Ron Thorn

    Ron Thorn Gold Supporting Member

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    I had nothing to do with either of these guitars.

    I was responsible for the designs and the inlay work for the original "Holy Grail" series from 5 years ago where there was a knight inlaid on each body and a variety of inlays on the fretboard....some/most of these were seen on the ER site who bought them all. I did quite a bit of research on armor and steed-armor for those...no roman-wear on mine.

    sundaypunch...do you have a link to the ones you mention?


    Ron
     

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