Moonstone Guitars

JJ Cale’s Custom “Moonelectro”

Posted by Steve Helgeson on Feb.15, 2005

Guitar of the Month February 2005

Quilted Bubinga back, sides and neck
40 year old,quartersawn brick-red Brazilian rosewood fretboard, inlaid with abalone leaves
Paua abalone bound head, fretboard, top, back and sides, capped in ivoroid.
Sunbursted,Premium Adirondack red spruce soundboard, inlaid with a lace redwood burl leaf rosette
Ebony tailpiece with internally inlaid bridge ground. JJ’s name inlaid in gold pearl
Combination vintage Dano lipstick magnetic soundhole pickup, and piezo saddle bridge pickup
Bubinga “Lutehole” removable baffle for the rear soundhole.

“This fine semi-hollow guitar was commissioned last November by my long time friend John Cale to be his third custom Moonstone.
He made me a personal DVD from his living room describing exactly how he had been modifying his several Danelectro convertibles, by adding piezo bridges, and cutting soundholes in the backs to control feedback. He likes to experiment in his studio, and often takes these on the road for tours. This Moonelectro is very responsive with crisp trebles, bright mids and growling bass response with unlimited feedback capabilities.”


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