My first was a 1999 Spalt Totem named White and Blue. Resin top with redwood back and beautiful birdseye neck and a huge step above anything else I had put my hands on up until that point. Second owner...purchased in 2002 if I recall correctly. Outstanding guitar.
Lived in NYC for a decade, 48th St was guitar heaven with Manny's, Sam Ash, We Buy Guitars, Rudy's Music Stop and Sadowsky all in the vicinity.
John made this for me in @1985, it was a composite of what I didn't have at the time > blonde neck, figured woods, Floyd Rose and EMGs...this was the 1980s.
Had seen an instrument that John had made for Bill Connors and I also believe that John's personal instrument was the same translucent brown...plays and sounds great to this day, though changing strings is a PITA. Didn't know that a guitar could play so well until I got this instrument!
Also acquired a Sadowsky Strat around the same time, more traditional but with and active boost/preamp. Then a few years later was lucky to convince JS and Rudy to build a MK style carved top, bound neck and body Pensa-Suhr made just before JS left for CA.
It's now owned by a Parisian collector of P-S instruments along with a few hundred others:
Mine was a Schaefer archtop. Made by Ed Schaefer about 10 years ago. It turned into a nightmare. Agreed on a early 60s Gibson neck shape like my es-125 and it arrived as a .70 D shaped toothpick with super thin nut... Had to ship it back after he convinced me to do a self guided nut replacement over the phone that resulted in messing up the headstock finish and required a total refinish, had to send back and later got it back with a finish that wasn’t properly cured and developed orange peel all over.
We agreed on a full refund after that... in which once he received the guitar back he decided he didn’t have the money to refund me. So after many months of no refund I discovered he was secretly trying to resell the guitar online for over $2000 more than what I had paid. Had to consult a lawyer and had to get it back and sell the guitar myself at a huge loss. I learned a lot from that one!
Made in Louisiana....bought it used at GC in Michigan. Very unique, plays like butter and sounds awesome! I cannot pull up Palir anymore though online. Thinking John Palir may have closed his doors. Bummer!