Post by funkykikuchiyo on May 17, 2020 18:45:31 GMT -5
Well, yeah, but Gibson has been doing gaudy for decades. Usually more in a country western way... that is more '90s gaudy.
It is impressively done. Interior corners on an inlay background are fussy, and often that is where you'll see extra filler from superglue or epoxy which blends fine with ebony, but that maple would show everything if those issues were there. I'm looking at the tips on the teeth and scales. Most inlay artists I know would see a drawing of that and die a little inside! The other stuff you can shrug off and say "well, that's just CNC" but that isn't true for all of it.
I'm amazed that it was done in house. Often the best inlay work in a factory is contracted out, largely because they can be such time sucks that they are loss leaders to attract people to a NAMM booth and nothing more, and they don't want to be bothered with anything like that under their roof. Of course, this is priced at $150k, so that probably about covers the costs! Actually, come to think of it, the description says he left for his "own pursuits"... hmmm...
What type of wood and workmanship would an equivalent priced guitar have if all the effort went into marking the best sounding guitar with no decoration except dot markers on the neck ?
Check out some Benedetto guitars. They aren't as expensive as that piece, but they get up there... $30k-ish. Workmanship > materials, no need to track down anything super rare to make a guitar. (I have a subset of clients who are "luthiers" who build their guitars from very, very nice sets of wood, then bring them in to me when they can't get it playing right and pay me way too much to make it resemble a real instrument. It is such a waste of nice woods, those things never sound good. I routinely see guitars made from amazing tone woods that would get smoked by a $300 Yamaha.)