Guitar nr 167
Width at nut: 41 mm
Width at 24th fret: 56 mm
Nr of frets: 24
Scale length: 635 mm (25")
Radius of fretboard: 10" - 16"
Inlay: MOP on the left side
Width at lower bowl: 300 mm
Length from neckjoint: 390 mm
Body: Swedish Maple
Neck: Swedish Maple
Fretboard: Swedish Oak
Neck: EMG "Luke"
Middle: EMG "Luke"
Bridge: EMG 89
Color: Tobacco Sunburst
Ready at: 1997-10-01
This guitar has an interesting story. In the springtime of 1997 I got an
order from Norway to make an Ares DC with Floyd Rose and a set of
EMG pickups. The thing is that this kind of guitar was the No 1
seller in the 80ís, but not so very popular in the middle of the
90ís. So I was a little confused about the order, but what the heck!
I found a nice piece of maple that I got 1985 and has been in my wood pile since then. The tap tone was great and I made a neck, also in maple, but from another tree. The fretboard was made from an old oak plank I found in the loft of a house that was build 1908. The oak plank was from the same time. I still remember the sound from the bare wood when I put the body and neck together and I was a little sad to have to put a Floyd Rose on the guitar. It is not a secret that I do not like the song from a Floyd Rose.
But this guitar was different. It sang even with the Floyd Rose on. Amazing. Some times you just can not explain why, it just happens. I finished it with a tobacco sunburst and 35 coats of clear lacquer.
The customer ordered the guitar with EMG pickups, and since the customer was a big fan of Steve Lukather, I ordered a Luke set of EMG. The sound of the guitar is very much like they used to back in the 80ís.
Now to the interesting part of the story: The customer paid half of the guitar at the time of the order, and that is normal. When the guitar was ready in September 1997 I tried to call him for delivering details and to get the final payment, but the phone was disconnected. I mailed him several times but no answers. Somehow I think he must have got the letters because I did not get them in return. I waited for 5 years and then I sold it to another customer. And this guy will never ever sell it. He plays in a band who sounds like they used to in the 80ís!