Posted by Steve Helgeson on Jan.15, 2007
Guitar of the Month January 2007
Steve’s newest Vulcan #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.
Honduras Mahogany body and neck
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 Maple bound headstock ,fretboard
Insane Quilted maple carved top,Paua abalone bound,- hand stained, enhanced vintage amber burst done with stain rags-NO AIRBRUSH! 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 pearl Moonstone logo. Curly Maple binding capping off the Paua abalone purfling surrounding the fretboard and headplate.
What I said exactly a year ago:
“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!
This one sold only 6 hours after being finished, to one of my best premier customers!
I am starting another right away………………….