This is an ivory dream. It is in good condition, with some patina which is normal for an instrument over twenty years old. By U.S. standards that is in good or very good condition. When I got the guitar the adjustments had in the course of time gone a bit bad and EMG pickups had been added to it. Now I have restored the guitar to some extent - naturally respecting the intrinsic value of the instrument. I want here to express my great respect for the small group of Grover and Shannon who have built such great instruments. The foundations of the guitar have not moved except for a long and very narrow crack in the fingerboard which in old extremely hard ebony is almost the rule rather than the exception. This is quite usual when ebony ages enough. I feel that the sound of the guitar has, for this reason alone, become more open, just like sometimes happens with quality acoustic guitars.
Another factor that figures in is that the guitar had not been played a lot for some time when I got a hold of it, and now, having been played plenty, it is once again the top instrument. However, everything indicates that this guitar has been played a lot a long time ago.
I would say that this guitar sounds just as
I imagined it would, plus some magic added, San Dimas etc. As sometimes happens, this instrument is a remarkably good example of how the wood species used in the instrument creates a good sound quality.
I have tried hundreds of quality instruments and I would very much like to use this as a reference, especially concerning the sound of the wood. And when saying I want to use this as a reference, I don’t mean that all the part areas would be of average but, on the contrary, I wonder how an instrument with such sensitivity can be so powerful, kicking, bright, and have great presence in the sound of the middle, have good quality and, with one word, be dynamic. For me, dynamics are precious. The sound has, in several parts of the frequency band, points that approach dryness but one can not say it would not be tasty. Taken as a whole the sound IS tasty.
The only infinitesimally small minus for my ears comes from a tiny snowflake like characteristic in the edges of overdrive.
Would there be more of it a playful and sharp-eared listener might, for example, use words like harsh-fuzz. However, we will not use any bad words for such an excellent guitar. And it is in the very nature of an electric guitar to sound a bit like an electric guitar and not too sterile, like a synthesizer, for example.
Alder quintessentially has a kind of rougher sound, and top-end harshness is rather usual for it, which is exactly why many favor it. This can be observed on different guitar models made with alder.
A great guitar; for months I have been enthusiastic, and the charm of novelty does not disappear easily when such a quality instrument is concerned, and if it does, realistically, there is so much good left that there is nothing weak.
Huge thanks for Robert and Jani.