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  • Offset fans, here's a guitar I bet you've never seen - Mercury Guitars



    And I have 2



    Anyway, got these about 8 or so months ago and couldn't really find out much about them. The guy who sold them to me lived in Tennesse and said that there was less than 100 made and that Guy from Fugazi had one as well as Courtney Love from Hole. After some scouring it turns out that Courtney does indeed play on in the first Hole music video and ended up ripping of this design for the Squire Venus, her signature model:



    I think I like mine better
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    Originally Posted by Sex Panther


    He stole the suit from Clapton, and stole the music from SRV. I'm still trying to figure out where he stole his crappy airy voice from. A mix of Dave Matthews, and somebody who sucks.



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    damn, those are pretty. could you give us droolers a quick explanation of all the switches, and also, how do those pickups sound?
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    • #3
      Those are pretty dang cool! Little Ric influence, little Charvel Surcaster, but definitely doing their own thing...

      Would rock. Definitely cooler than the Venus!

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      • #4
        Very cool. I always thought the Squier Venus was ace too.
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        • #5
          My X-ray is similar except with a wood encased aluminium neck for teh tonez:

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          • #6
            damn, those are pretty. could you give us droolers a quick explanation of all the switches, and also, how do those pickups sound?


            Sure, the knobs are tone and volume and the switches are for coil tapping. Those are actually humbuckers that are stacked on top of each other instead of next to each other They sound great, especially through voxy amps, lots of chime and really fat sounding.

            The whole story is actually over on the Offsetguitars forum

            Long story short the original builders have been searching for them for 20 years or so(these were originally built in the early 90's) because neither of them has one. I eventually tracked down the builder, Tim, and just sold him the green one and he's planning on building them again. It was hard to let go of but I think the guy at the very least deserves to have one of his own guitars. He said there was nowhere near 100 built, more like 13. The whole story is in that 5 page thread and Tim actually chimes in there too. I'm excited for him but he's genuinely elated and said he's gonna give me #2 that they build in the new run. I guess karma works out sometimes
            On John Mayer:






            Originally Posted by Sex Panther


            He stole the suit from Clapton, and stole the music from SRV. I'm still trying to figure out where he stole his crappy airy voice from. A mix of Dave Matthews, and somebody who sucks.



            "Well Julian may have more book learnin than me but it doesn't take a rocket appliance to figure this out."

            Good Deals

            Gear
            Trinity Triwatt
            1969 Ampeg VT-40
            '74 Orange 4x12
            ES 335
            Supro Coronado

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            • #7

              Long story short the original builders have been searching for them for 20 years or so(these were originally built in the early 90's) because neither of them has one. I eventually tracked down the builder, Tim, and just sold him the green one and he's planning on building them again. It was hard to let go of but I think the guy at the very least deserves to have one of his own guitars. He said there was nowhere near 100 built, more like 13. The whole story is in that 5 page thread and Tim actually chimes in there too. I'm excited for him but he's genuinely elated and said he's gonna give me #2 that they build in the new run. I guess karma works out sometimes


              Very cool! Pretty rad looking guitars.

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              • #8
                That's an awesome story. Good on you for doing that too man!
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                • #9
                  So Fender just ripped them off, wholesale?
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                  • #10
                    Cool, I'd heard the story of fender ripping off the design for the Venus before. Glad those guys are putting them back in production
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                    • #11
                      So Fender just ripped them off, wholesale?


                      Yeah Tim said they built a guitar for Kurt Cobain and managed to get backstage at Lollapalooza with it to give to Kurt. "My god, it's gorgeous, but I'm left handed" was Kurt's response and Courtney immediately said "I'll take it!" Now shortly after that Tim and his best friend Danny, that he was building the guitars with, got kicked out of their house in Georgia and there was damage to the property so the landlord took their tools as payment. They were 18 when all this happened and just kind of moved on. Courtney tried to call them to get another guitar made but they couldn't do it without the tools so that was that. 6 months later Tim opens up Guitar Player magazine and sees his guitar in a full page ad, except it's got a Fender headstock on it and Courtney Love's name on it. He doesn't seem bitter just shocked that it happened like that. You're 18 and design a guitar that Fender later starts making, pretty crazy.
                      On John Mayer:






                      Originally Posted by Sex Panther


                      He stole the suit from Clapton, and stole the music from SRV. I'm still trying to figure out where he stole his crappy airy voice from. A mix of Dave Matthews, and somebody who sucks.



                      "Well Julian may have more book learnin than me but it doesn't take a rocket appliance to figure this out."

                      Good Deals

                      Gear
                      Trinity Triwatt
                      1969 Ampeg VT-40
                      '74 Orange 4x12
                      ES 335
                      Supro Coronado

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                      • #12
                        This is a crazy cool story.

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                        • #13
                          That is nuts, and scary at the same time. Fender are powerful mother****************ers. What was an unknown 18 year old kid gonna do. Pretty insane how they got the guitar to Kurt too.
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                          • #14
                            That is nuts, and scary at the same time. Fender are powerful mother****************ers. What was an unknown 18 year old kid gonna do. Pretty insane how they got the guitar to Kurt too.


                            Yeah, I actually talked to Tim on the phone last week and he said he honestly doesn't know how it happened. They just went to the concert with the guitar and then talked one of the security guards into letting them backstage cause they had a guitar for Kurt and then there they were, two 18 year olds with a guitar just hanging out with all the musicians and wannabes backstage, sounded like a pretty good laugh.
                            On John Mayer:






                            Originally Posted by Sex Panther


                            He stole the suit from Clapton, and stole the music from SRV. I'm still trying to figure out where he stole his crappy airy voice from. A mix of Dave Matthews, and somebody who sucks.



                            "Well Julian may have more book learnin than me but it doesn't take a rocket appliance to figure this out."

                            Good Deals

                            Gear
                            Trinity Triwatt
                            1969 Ampeg VT-40
                            '74 Orange 4x12
                            ES 335
                            Supro Coronado

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                            • #15
                              Those are pretty dang cool! Little Ric influence, little Charvel Surcaster, but definitely doing their own thing...

                              Would rock. Definitely cooler than the Venus!


                              I agree with all of this. Those look very nice! Do you have any clips of how they sound? How are the necks on them?
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