I decided to participate in the small business Saturday 2014. What I did was order another guitar from my good buddy Mike Callahan. I have been playing my personal tri cone quite a bit this Fall. I have also been writing a lot of music on it again. It is an instrument that I do not want to drill holes in to install a pick up nor do I really want to perform with it. I like to use it to record with, and just enjoy.
I’ve always wanted to try to take a tri-cone on stage to perform with. In the past Callahan wasn’t going to attempt something like this. However his confidence and skill have now moved in the direction where this is not a problem the build.
I wanted to have a very old worn out look to this guitar without having to actually relic it. And so we did a search to try to find some reclaimed wood that could be used to build a guitar with and maintain a Weathered look. I also decided to go with the wood body tri cone rather than metal because I think it may be a warmer, more unique sound.
The problem with national guitars is that they are so precise and so well built that they all plsound very much alike. If you go to a blues festival and walk down the street where there are several stages with performing musicians all using nationals, they all have the same guitar sound. Which was why I originally went with the spider cone wood body resonator that callahan made for me earlier this year.
I wanted something that would set me apart from all the others. I also wanted a unique sound. I am hoping that we can come up with a very unique design for this guitar as well as a very strong tri-cone sound.
We found some some maple that came from a woodworkers estate sale. So this would was milled a very long time ago and as with the tree that was cut. The effect that is occurred is called spalting which creates what appears to be black ink wine in the Woodgrain, it actually is a disease tree. This will be for the top of the guitar.
The back and sides are Cuban mahogany that was found and reclaimed from probably a table that was salvaged during hurricane Rita. The great thing about this unique wood was that there was scarring that’s because of the bookmatch creates the illusion of a elephant or Willy mammoth face. If you look really carefully the two dark girls appear to be the eyes of the animal staring at you. so we are going to call this guitar either the woolly mammoth for the mastodon.