04-25-2013 01:16 PM - edited 04-25-2013 01:18 PM
So! wuddya think.....maybe burgundy mist for this guitar? including the neck and with a matching headstock face. Originally it was going to be a seafoam or sage metallic green, but there's a lot of interesting color finishes out there. Yesterday I was looking at a Fender strat in a local music store that was in this color, it's nice.
04-25-2013 06:36 PM
05-01-2013 06:04 AM
Attermpts at pressing the Marz 6 stainless steel bridge cover. This is the single most difficult part of the entire guitar to make, at least as a home shop project. The plastic red tortoise cover in the upper center of the image was hand-formed using heat, while the slotted grey cover on the left is molded from composite material. Eventually, this troublesome part will be successfully made for the two Marz 6 guitars being made, but so far, it's been quite a challenge.
05-01-2013 09:42 AM
Mr. Backlund sir... you are having far too much fun! (Especially for it being work)
And the rest of us are too happy vicariously watching you do it!
05-01-2013 10:24 AM
It's true, I'm excited and having fun watching these guitars taking form, but Marco Krijger in the Netherlands is building them for me, and he's the one doing the sweating over the unusual, and in some ways, quite difficult build project he's undertaken for me. Less than a year ago, I never thought that these two JB guitar designs (Marz 6 and 700 'Karalina') would ever be built, and I'm more than thrilled to see them becoming a reality.
05-03-2013 07:15 AM
Marco just sent me some new images of the neck shaping work for the JB-700 'Katalina' he is building for me. Unlike the set neck Marz 6, this guitar uses a bolt-on neck....
To review, concept art for this guitar design...
05-05-2013 10:23 AM
Back to the Marz 6 for a bit. Because of the difficulties in fabricating the bridge cover from 2mm stainless steel, we are going back to the idea of making it from composite material for my example of the guitar. Marco expects to continue in his efforts to make this aggravating part from steel, but the composite version will suffice until the metal one can be made to our satisfaction. The only real difference in them will be that the glass cover will have to be painted rather than plated or polished.
05-06-2013 07:20 AM
John, have your guy take a look at this
05-15-2013 07:00 PM
John, both of those are turning out amazing!!! I have to admit I wasn't sold on the Marz 6 at first, but man 3 dimensionally it's changing my mind. At the Katalina is just plain badass!!!
On a side note are you involved at all in the Retronix roll out coming up? I hope one day to have you sign mine if I get the chance. Would be so many kinds of cool for a low budgeteer like myself.
05-16-2013 03:41 AM - edited 05-16-2013 05:32 AM
Thanks. Yes, the two guitars are looking good-in-the-wood as they take shape, I'm actualy getting a little excited about them (To be truthful, I don't get too 'excited' about much of anything anymore).
My involvement in the Retronix thing is about the same as my involvement in the J. Backlund Design thing...meaning that once the original design is created and neccesary modifications and colors are agreed upon, I don't have a whole lot to do with things after that unless I interject myself into something that I feel needs my attention, otherwise, almost all of it is handled by two other company principals.
I'd certainly sign a guitar if someone wanted me to, probably on the back of the headstock. I've only signed one JBD guitar so far, a (really ugly-ass) yellow JBD-300.
05-16-2013 05:14 AM
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