One of the biggest dreams for a young luthier is to pass one of the own creations for the living legend, one & only Billy Gibbons! This happened to me in summer 2016 in Hamina, Finland.
I was in contact to ZZ TOP guitar tech E.Fransic during the spring and got all the most important specs for Billy and I tried to do my best. All went well and Reverend accepted my work. He was so pleased that he wanted to use it in the next show right away. (Check out the video link)
He did take it with him on his bus and the last I saw it, it had a couple of his stickers on it. So he digs it if he’s decorating it.
-E.Francis (Guitar tech of ZZ TOP)
That´s true that Gibbons has maybe hundreds of guitars but still this is kind of thing that you will remember the rest of your life. This becomes part of your brand.
|Body:||Karelian Deadwood Pine|
|Neck:||Canadian Rock Maple|
|Fretboard:||Canadian Rock Maple|
|Neck profile:||´59 LP (23-24mm)|
|Nut:||42,5mm Elk Bone|
|Fretboard radius:||9,5 to 10″|
|Frets:||21 – Wagner 2,4/1,2mm Stainless Steel|
|Bridge:||Vuorensaku Custom 1/2 Tele|
|Pickup:||Vuorensaku El Kamiina P90|
|Controls:||Volume & Tone, Tele plate|