Oh, man, you're gonna love this. Not content with offering half-price setups all this month but I can now announce the Haze Blue Collar will be on sale all through January too.
Any orders* for a Blue Collar build, placed in January, will be at the ridiculously low price of €950.
€950 for a hand-built Haze Blue Collar guitar.
When you place an order, you only pay a deposit of €350 with the balance payable when the guitar is completed. That's gotta be good news for your post-Christmas wallet.
Pretty cool, eh?
The Blue Collar
Stripped-back brilliance. That's what you get with a Haze Blue Collar. It's built to play, and play hard. A slab-body and a single pickup gets you to the music with the minimum of fuss. And, damn, this pickup can growl, howl and sing. It's a Duesenberg Domino—a fantastic P-90 style pickup with all of the tone and edge you'd expect.
Here, though, that P-90 sound is coupled to an ash body and a 25.5"-scale maple neck so the Blue Collar doesn't lose focus or get muddy. It keeps its composure when others turn to mush. This makes it one tough little bruiser with a lot more versatility than you'd expect.
Blue Collar playability is something else. An oil and wax finish plays fast and slick and easy while the neck-carve (my own secret-sauce shaping) gives you one of the most comfortable handfuls you've ever played.
If you'd like to have a go on a Blue Collar to feel how great it plays and hear how great it sounds, pop into Some Neck Guitars on Aungier Street in Dublin. You can try out a Blue Collar there from Monday (and I'll begrudgingly tell you that there are usually a LOT of other tasty guitars there too—it's a place you really should check out).
How can I avail of this astounding value?
To get your guitar-playing mitts on your very own Blue Collar, just drop me a line and we'll get the ball rolling.
Seriously? €950. You'd be mad not to.
Haze Blue Collar Specification
2-piece solid ash body Maple neck (bolt-on) Rosewood fingerboard (12" radius) with 21 jumbo frets Bone nut Kluson tuners Intonable wraparound tailpiece/bridge B/W/B pickguard Side mounted output-jack Volume and tone control Duesenberg Domino P-90 style pickup Oil and wax finish.
*Sale offer applies to orders placed with deposit up to 31st of January, 2013.
A couple of posts back, I mentioned the awesome Pat Courtenay Presents gig in The Button Factory last week. You might recall I posted a photo of Pat rocking a Haze Blue Collar. Well, as this is the twenty-first century and we're all about the multimedia and the YouTubes and whatnot, here's a video of Pat playing Brown Sugar with The Clap. Handsome guitar, eh?
I suggest you get to Facebook and do a LIKE for Pat Courtenay Presents so you can keep up with news of the next one of these gigs. If it's anything like the first, it's not to be missed.
Pat also played a couple of numbers with The Harleys but I was backstage and didn't manage to get any photos. Hopefully, there'll be some video for that too—waiting eagerly.
The first 'Pat Courtenay Presents' gig was last night and it rocked.
Local readers will probably know Pat from Radio Nova but this is something new. In a bid to help showcase local and rising bands, Pat put together a fantastic night of rock (hopefully the first of many).
There were three bands on the night The Clap, Eazy Tyger and The Harleys; each different sorts of awesome. If you get a chance to see any of these, take it. I suspect you won't be disappointed. As a clever touch, Pat had even arranged a couple of buskers to entertain as the bands changed over.
I drank a pint or two and did some minor guitar-tech stuff for Pat, who played a few songs with the bands. Rather splendidly, he played his Haze Blue Collar guitar. You can call me biased if you like but, damn, it sounded great.
Thanks to Pat for the shout-out on the night and for organising a night of great music.
The Haze Blue Collar is a stripped-back, no-nonsense guitar, designed to rock in the most workmanlike manner. No bells, no whistles, just a couple of nice chunks of wood and a beefy pickup. This is old-school.
I thought I'd step you through the making of a Haze Blue Collar. My assumption (possibly flawed) is that everybody is as much of a guitar geek as I am and is therefore interested in seeing vaguely guitar-shaped pieces of wood get nails hammered into them. If that sort of thing doesn't interest you, I don't know what's wrong with you but you're weird.
This is how it all begins. A couple of chunky pieces of ash. This being an instrument of pretty straightforward construction, I like to select timber with a bit of an interesting figure or grain-pattern. Unadorned doesn't need to mean unattractive.
The Blue Collar has a 2-piece, book-matched ash body. Here, the two wings are centre-jointed to form the body-blank.
This wood has some nice, dark streaks of sap-wood peeking through at the edges and even a little flame. Pretty.
Once jointed, the actual shape of the body is drawn and the blank is cut approximately to shape on the band-saw. It's taken to its final shape with the router against a pre-made template before being tidied up on the spindle-sander.
Then it's back to the router to round-over the edges (where appropriate) and to cut the pickup and control cavities. The neck pocket is also cut but this is complicated slightly as the wrapover tunomatic bridge that will be used requires a slight neck-angle. Routing for the neck cavity is done at an angle of 2.5 degrees to introduce back-angle when the neck is installed.
This sort of neck angle is a little unusual on a bolt-on like this but it accommodates the chunky tunomatic bridge and feels pretty comfortable. It avoids silliness like recessing the bridge or installing the neck in a shallower pocket (to the detriment of tone).
The eagle-eyed reader will have spotted my note to myself on the face of the guitar. After a realising a couple of times, during assembly, that I'd forgotten to leave access for a string ground wire, I now tend to leave myself a little reminder to do it as soon as I drill for the bridge. It's not a big deal to do it later but I prefer to get any drilling done before finishing happens.
Here is the partially complete Blue Collar body resting on a couple of other in-progress bodies. Guitars to be.