Posted by Steve Helgeson on Dec.15, 2005
Guitar of the Month December 2005
Steve’s newest personal Vulcan serial# 52950
The 1.730″ nut width,slim taper neck has double carbon graphite rods on each side of the a two way acting trussrod.Fretboard radius=15″, large pyramid frets.
This one is equipped with Bartolini PBF 55(neck), and PBF 77(bridge) pickups, a little hotter than the PBF49/51 combination.
Gold Tonepros locking tunamatic/stoptail bridge system
Satin gold Sperzel open back tuning machines.
Waterborne self cross-linking polyurethane,crystal clear finish buffed high gloss.
$4000 Base price
$400 5A quilt upgrade
$200 Hand stain enhancement
$150 Brazilian Rosewood fretboard
$600 Swans, pearl and Paua abalone inlays
$200 Swan, pearl headstock inlay
$400 Paua abalone bound headstock
$400 Paua abalone bound fretboard
$500 Paua abalone bound top body rim
$250 Curly Koa bound headstock ,fretboard
$200 High figure African limba body, neck
Insane Quilted maple carved top,Paua abalone bound,- hand stained, enhanced leopard-eye color to match the African Black Limba(korina)body, and quilted Limba neck. Figured Brazilian Rosewood fretboard, inlaid with brilliant pearl and Paua winged swans.Brazilian Rosewood headplate with a very large pearl “wheat-swan” inlaid under the (rare) abalone Moonstone logo. Curly Koa binding capping off the Paua abalone purfling surrounding the fretboard and headplate.
“People keep buying my personal instruments with my personalized birthdate serial numbers. There are a few #52950’s out there, only making them more valuable after I am gone. I hate to let my personal instruments go, but with the proper amount of arm twisting, and the right dollar amount, I just have to say: I am here now, at the motherlode,I’ll just build another, possibly better”ok,ITS JANUARY, AND IT JUST SOLD!