BUILD IN PROGRESS
The trail driver’s whip and lasso were as crucial as his pistol and rifle. After pushing dusty herds of beeves north for weeks along the Chisholm Trail, the cowboy’s first stop for pleasure was Fort Worth’s south end, Nicknamed Hell’s Half Acre.It was here where commerce ran roughshod over everything in its way.
This instrument is designed in tribute to the lawless and bawdy reputation of both the herdsmen of the 1800s and the modern rock musician.
A half-herringbone purfling recalls the twisted form of the cowboy’s lariat; and gun-blued appointments with 24kt gold, hand engraved eagles complete the scene. Vintage Western Electric cloth-covered wiring and salvaged electronics from a decommissioned Chicago telephone switching station.
Mahogany neck with black ebony headstock faceplate, inlaid with mother of pearl monogram and signed before being finished with nitrocellulose lacquer.
The body of mahogany is a single florentine cutaway design. Both the top and back are made from fiddleback eastern maple which will be stained with a transparent black color and bound with the rope pufling and ivoroid from Italy.
Cold-rolled steel pickguard plate to be gun-blued and hand engraved with American eagle and oak leaf motif in 24kt gold. Matching aluminum tailpiece with vintage-correct 1018 steel anchors and locking studs. Kluson tuners with upgraded gear ratio and hand-antiqued buttons. All edges and control surfaces will be burnished and smooth to the touch—no sharp mold or machine marks commonly found on new instruments. What you will find is a warm, broken-in feeling instead.