Guitar Serial #14 of 30
The guitars in this collection are made from the historical benches from the Hollywood Bowl.
This guitar was completely hand built by the small, but dedicated team of luthiers at Black Volt in Los Angeles, California. These guitars are built completely by hand on period correct machinery. No CNC machines are used in the construction of these instruments which results in a very unique, personal feeling and sounding instruments. The process in which we use to develop these instruments and finish is more like a careful restoration process or a negotiation with each unique wood to coax the next generation of life from it.
This wood is very rare with tons of mojo and historical iconography as the benches were witness to thousands of legendary shows at the iconic venue for many decades years before they were replaced with the new benches.
This combination of woods and construction style used here has yielded an exceptional, tone rich instrument worthy of any stage, studio or collection. The combination of the aged Cedar and Redwood is a bright fast tone without the harshness normally associated with T- Style guitars. Loud and resonant this guitar is a joy to play. Now as instruments this wood is ready to continue it's musical story.
All of the materials utilized in the construction of this guitar were carefully chosen for their tonal and visual uniqueness and beauty.
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Top Wood / Reclaimed Alaskan Yellow Cedar / #29
Body Wood / Reclaimed Pacific Northwest Sequoia Redwood
Body Finish / Nitrocellulose lacquer / 2 tone 1950's style sunburst
Neck Wood / 4A Roasted Flame Maple
Headstock Shape / 6 in line vintage T-style / Kluson "Supreme" Tuners
Neck Shape / Soft V / approximately .82-.86" thickness at 1st fret.
Radius / 9.5"
Neck Thickness / Approximately .84" thick at the 1st fret
Neck Finish / Aged Nitro Lacquer finish on neck headstock and heel / natural oil on back of neck for soft silky feel
Fretboard / 200 Year old Indian Rosewood / The rosewood on this fretboard is closer in hardness and density to Ebony and is very hard. This wood contributes to the precise and clear tone found in this magical guitar.
Fret inlay markers / Real Abalone Shell
Frets / Jescar 55095 nickel silver / Medium Jumbo
Glue Type / Hide Glue
Lollar Special T Pickup Set
Inspired by the early 1950s Fender Broadcaster pickups these pickups are Punchy and powerful offering focused midrange with a small bump in compression and a smooth top end. A versatile pickup suitable for a wide variety of playing styles, the Special T is a great fit for players who find most Tele pickups to be too bright, or those looking for a slightly hotter and darker tone while still evoking the best of the Fullerton-era Fender sound. Power and clarity mixed with the classic T tones, this pickup set is perfect for conveying they tones of this beautiful aged wood and guitar.
All U.S.A electronics / 3 way T-style switching
Bridge / vintage style ashtray
3 Solid Brass Compensated Saddles
All hardware aged in house
Truss Rod / Dual action headstock access
G&G collaboration hard shell case. Case cover made with authentic 1940s Vintage Blanket
Real leather end cap bindings
- 1 custom tour poster created by the one and only Mr. Geoff Gans.
Each instrument will come with a special tour poster designed for this collection and is 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 and owning one of "The Bowl" guitars as well.
Don’t miss your chance to own this piece of music history encapsulated in one of a kind guitar!