We are beyond thrilled to be able offer this very special limited edition of Hollywood Bowl Guitars and Basses including a custom tour poster by BOB DYLAN'S graphic artist, Geoff Gans.
These instruments will all be constructed using the reclaimed wood benches that have seated concert goers and absorbed the magic for 100 years.
The Hollywood Bowl was built in 1910 but the bench seats were installed approximately 100 years ago in 1923. This makes it the 100 year anniversary!
At this point we have not yet defined an exact number of instruments that will be made as we are still calculating the amount of wood we actually have access to.
We are currently building 18 pre sold instruments and will offer approximately 12 more here that will be available until all are sold or have deposits.
The total limited edition will be approximately 30 instruments total.
Corey McCormick with his Bowl Bass #48 sitting in the new seat #48. This picture was taken before the Willie Nelson 90th Birthday celebration. Corey plays bass with Willie Nelson, Neil Young and Lukas Nelson. We finished this bass for Corey just days before this show so that he could play it onstage at this legendary night of celebration and performances.
This wood is in a very limited supply and when it is gone it is gone. We will never be able to offer this instrument in this way again. This is a once in a lifetime chance to be a part of this collection of music history.
PRICE TO BE DETERMINED.
We will send out an email to our mailing list and announce it on our social media when we have all of the details worked out. Sign up for our email list to get updated when this collection goes live. Or feel free to reach out directly for more information.
Included with each instrument will be:
- 1 Telecaster Style Guitar or Bass made from 100 year old Alaskan Yellow Cedar from The Bowl benches as the instrument top, over 100 year old Pine or Redwood body. Maple or Mahogany neck with Maple or Rosewood fretboard.
-Buyer has the option of 2 finishes.
1. As pictured, 2 tone 50's style Sunburst which is modeled after Sting's original 2 tone burst 1950's Telecaster Bass.
2. Natural oil finish which will leave the natural patina of the wood completely visible.
Bass pickups will be a custom built Curtis Novak Humbucker with 2 separate coils and 4 way switching that allows 4 unique voices. 1- bridge coil, 2- both coils in Parallel, 3- neck coil, 4- both coils in series for that fat Mudbucker sound (minus the mud;)
Guitar pickup options are : Standard tele single coils or single coil bridge and Full Humbucker in the neck position. All guitar pickups will be made by Lollar . Jason Lollar is one of the best pickup makers in the business and we are big fans of his work. Neck humbuckers will be Lollar Imperials. All Hardware will be aged and patina'd to match the age of this legendary wood.
Please let us know which options you prefer and we will note that on your build sheet.
- 1 custom tour poster created by the one and only Mr. Geoff Gans.
Each instrument will come with a special tour poster designed for these instruments and it's design is being inspired by the history and memorabilia surrounding the bowl.
Geoff is a 5 time Grammy award nominee who has done most of the art work for Bob Dylan over the past 25 years. Also designing many album packages for Paul Simon, and most recently working with Kurt Vile and Lukas Nelson on their recent releases. We are very excited to have Geoff working with us to bring one of a kind artwork to this limited edition project.
- One of a kind custom Black Volt / G and G collaboration hardshell case. Details yet TBD.
- Black Volt Certificate of Authenticity with all details of the unique instrument.
50% Deposit due now to secure your instrument on our build list and balance due when complete. Plus possible shipping if applicable.
This collection will sell out so don't miss your chance to own your own special, playable piece of music history!
Estimated build time is 2-4 months.
Instruments will be built and completed in the order that we receive them.
We can’t wait to get your custom guitar or bass started and we thank you soo much!!!
Gio and the BV Team
Above: #27 with 2 Tone Burst finish and Lollar Imperial HB neck and single coil bridge.
Above: #31 with Natural Oil Finish and custom Lollar set of Mini HB and strat with Bigsby.
Bob Dylan makes his debut at the Hollywood Bowl. He returned in 1993, 1999, and 2012.
Photo credit: Hollywood Bowl Museum Collection
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