I have no axe to grind with Epi, but I did play a Wildkat that a friend picked up and it was…..bad sounding. Totally lifeless and muted. Might have been just a lemon, but I wouldn’t take a chance on a new Epi low or mid line guitar without spending some time with it first.
I’m not a big fan of copies, but the solid body Bigsby guitars he made are cool because he was one of the few people P.A. Bigsby would let into his shop. He had first hand knowledge of these these guitars and pickups were made and even owned for the second solidbody guitar Bigsby made, after #1 was made for Merle Travis.
Dave, Just spent some time sampling a bunch of your videos. You have a nice assortment of licks, chords, melodies and songs that not only represent that style of music well, but are, as we all know, the foundation for so much music that came after.
I don’t even have this on my website yet, but it will be called “Body Resonance Magnification”. The prototypes have been very promising, but a little low in output. Tommy, yours will be the first with the output boosted to what I think will be the final production level. A quick description, imagine a small magnetic pickup buried inside a guitar that doesn’t sense string motion, but instead measured body vibrations, sort of like a stick on pickup, but these are generally piezo based and require a preamp if you want to mix them with standard magnetic pickups. This pickup, being magnetic, can be put in series with existing pickups adding coloration from the body without the need for batteries and onboard preamps. The sound is a bit like going from a solid body to a semi-hollowbody, you get a little extra complexity almost like adding a tiny bit of reverb. I might not go so far as to say it makes a semi-hollowbody sound like a hollow body, but it is going that direction. As soon as it’s done, 30 days or so, I will post a video.
The wood for this guitar is, Honduran Mahogany neck and center block, Flame Maple back and sides and a Sitka Spruce top, all solid woods (no laminated panels). It will have Lindy Fralin dogear P-90s a Bigsby and an Embimatic bridge.
Here’s a few chronological progress pics of Tommy’s new guitar. In the last pic, I am scraping the color back off the binding. After that, its nitro gloss on the body and semi-gloss on the neck, a few weeks to cure, then polish and final assembly…..
Barry Grzebik here, above average Luthier, Acoustician and Sound Designer……below average guitar player!