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BY Cdog
#831346
While I tend to keep all my guitars forever anyway, the obvious choice for my 'one' would be another Ash Customworks build for this thread.

'Faith'

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https://imgur.com/a/zJQDDIk more pics

Bit of a story tbh... but in short Adrian graciously agreed to build this ambitious project, and it was finally completed in November 2011 - 5 years after I the began with the design.

He did an amazing job, I'm really happy with it! To this day it's definitely my most played and enjoyed. Guitars are deeply personal things, this particular instrument has been a part of my life journey that I will always treasure.

Specs: Original shape, Honduran Mahogany (Ex 1970s stockpile), carved maple top. Mahogany Neck with Ebony FB. Custom block inlays. Custom F-Holes. 22 fret 24.75" Scale. Bloodwood binding. Routed Semi-hollow body, Lollar Imperial Humbuckers. Parallel/Series/Tapped Coil Switching, Vol/Tone Pots. Vibrato Bridge is a Schaller.
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BY jimi
#831347
Cdog wrote:While I tend to keep all my guitars forever anyway, the obvious choice for my 'one' would be another Ash Customworks build for this thread.

'Faith'


nice.

I'm a little jelly I don't have a fancy name for my ASH custom, but I've never been big on naming stuff.

The design process for me was a lot of telling Adrian that he knows best, mixed with not taking his advice. There's a few things he wanted to do which at the time felt a bit PRS-esque blingy that I took a conservative path on, that I now regret not taking his advice. Like flamed maple binding on the neck and body, and wood pickup surrounds.

Just as well he's not still building, takes away the temptation to mess with a great guitar.
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BY Cdog
#831348
That goldtop is pure hotness Jimi, I've always admired it in your avatar. :)

ASH instruments really are keepers. We were really lucky to have Adrian's mad skillz available to us when we did... Perhaps even guilty of taking his genius for granted.
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BY Cdog
#831349
That goldtop is pure hotness Jimi, I've always admired it in your avatar. :)

ASH instruments really are keepers. We were really lucky to have Adrian's mad skillz available to us when we did... Perhaps even guilty of taking his genius for granted.
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BY Danger Mouse
#831351
Cdog wrote:Perhaps even guilty of taking his genius for granted.


Well I never quite managed to get my order in, I just kept putting it off. Of course now I can't.
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BY handsoffmatt
#831390
Olderama wrote:Bootleg Generator
Love it

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Every time I see this guitar, I kinda regret selling it.

Dibs if you ever get rid of it?
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BY willow13
#831395
Olderama wrote:Bootleg Generator
Love it

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is that Scotti Hill in the photo? admit it thats why you love it :rofl:
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BY jimi
#831399
Cdog wrote:ASH instruments really are keepers. We were really lucky to have Adrian's mad skillz available to us when we did... Perhaps even guilty of taking his genius for granted.


Hah, in a stroke of coincidence, after reminiscing about ASH customworks, have a familiar train driver for the commute home.

Didn’t get to chat long enough to mention how much you guys miss him, but I’m sure he knows!
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BY KNNZ
#831402
Cdog wrote:While I tend to keep all my guitars forever anyway, the obvious choice for my 'one' would be another Ash Customworks build for this thread.

'Faith'

Image

https://imgur.com/a/zJQDDIk more pics

Bit of a story tbh... but in short Adrian graciously agreed to build this ambitious project, and it was finally completed in November 2011 - 5 years after I the began with the design.

He did an amazing job, I'm really happy with it! To this day it's definitely my most played and enjoyed. Guitars are deeply personal things, this particular instrument has been a part of my life journey that I will always treasure.

Specs: Original shape, Honduran Mahogany (Ex 1970s stockpile), carved maple top. Mahogany Neck with Ebony FB. Custom block inlays. Custom F-Holes. 22 fret 24.75" Scale. Bloodwood binding. Routed Semi-hollow body, Lollar Imperial Humbuckers. Parallel/Series/Tapped Coil Switching, Vol/Tone Pots. Vibrato Bridge is a Schaller.


OH my wot a beauty!!! Never seen this before!
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BY Bg
#831407
jimi wrote:
Cdog wrote:ASH instruments really are keepers. We were really lucky to have Adrian's mad skillz available to us when we did... Perhaps even guilty of taking his genius for granted.


Hah, in a stroke of coincidence, after reminiscing about ASH customworks, have a familiar train driver for the commute home.

Didn’t get to chat long enough to mention how much you guys miss him, but I’m sure he knows!


He does, hoping to catch up with him this weekend!
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BY Olderama
#831410
willow13 wrote:
Olderama wrote:Bootleg Generator
Love it

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is that Scotti Hill in the photo? admit it thats why you love it :rofl:

Yep it is :thumbup:
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BY Danger Mouse
#831423
Bg wrote:
jimi wrote:
Cdog wrote:ASH instruments really are keepers. We were really lucky to have Adrian's mad skillz available to us when we did... Perhaps even guilty of taking his genius for granted.


Hah, in a stroke of coincidence, after reminiscing about ASH customworks, have a familiar train driver for the commute home.

Didn’t get to chat long enough to mention how much you guys miss him, but I’m sure he knows!


He does, hoping to catch up with him this weekend!


Pass on our regards, indeed a top bloke.
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BY Slowy
#831483
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Without a doubt.
Lowden S23 Custom. The 'custom' designation makes it as rare as a mooing steak. Not certain, but current research suggests there may only be 7 of these in existence.

Played well, its tone is hypnotic. It's not a forgiving guitar, but when the heavens align, Oh My Goodness....
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BY robthemac
#831487
The one from my collection that I think I would struggle most to part with is this:

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It's a Taylor custom shop ('Built To Order') that I had made as a graduation present to myself. Everything was to my specification. Grand Auditorium shape, non-cutaway, original Expression System pickup. Flamed walnut top, back and sides. Took a while to find the wood, as it wasn't even on the Built To Order option list. Flamed maple binding throughout (which alone cost more than a Baby Taylor), as well as a flamed maple mini-wedge on the back. Ebony fretboard and bridge. 2mm mother-of-pearl dots (I am not a fan of big or flashy inlays). Sitka spruce binding.

All-walnut acoustics are hard to find, but have a sound of their own. They have the warmth of rosewood, the top-end sparkle of maple and the sweetness of koa, but much louder. Generally a 'scooped' sound, light on mid-range, but perfect for the way I play.