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Blue Collar Sale: Frequently Asked Questions

Haze Guitars Blue Collar

Haze Guitars Blue Collar

The Blue Collar sale is proving popular and I'm getting a couple of questions that are asked quite frequently—frequently asked questions, if you will. I'll attempt to answer a couple of them here (mainly to save myself some effort in typing it multiple times as I'm terribly, terribly lazy).

  • How much will it take to get my mitts on a wonderful Blue Collar? If you place an order in January, you'll pay €350 as a deposit and, when the guitar's ready, there'll be €600 due—a paltry total of €950. Pretty good, eh?
  • How long will it take to get my mitts on a wonderful Blue Collar? Depends a little on how many orders are on but if you assume 12-16 weeks, it's probably a safe bet.
  • Can I change the specs of my Blue Collar? Yep. No problem. That's the beauty ordering a custom, hand-built instrument. Although the Blue Collar is fantastic as it is, you can tweak stuff. Want a different pickup or a second one? Sure thing. Want a mint green pickguard, gold hardware, shiny lacquer? No worries.
  • Will it cost more if I change the specs? Depends what you're looking for but, probably, yes. Give me a shout and we can discuss things and work out a quote.
  • How much will the Blue Collar cost after January? After January, the cost of the Blue Collar will be €1150. You're saving €200 if you stick in an order in the next week or two.
  • Can I have a play of a Blue Collar to see how great it really is? Oh, you're all flattery, aren't you? Yep. No problem. If you pop around to Some Neck Guitars on Aungier Street in Dublin, you should find a Blue Collar to demo.
  • How do I place an order? Just drop me a line and we'll have a chat. Only the deposit is due on order. Bank transfers, cheques, drafts, and grimy wads of cash in brown envelopes are all ok. Once that's sorted, I'll start hammering nails into lumps of wood.

If I've missed anything, feel free to give me a shout.

Oh, right… The spec.

Haze Blue Collar Specifications

  • 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.

Birth of Burlesque

The Haze Burlesque has been revealed. This probably means the teasing images of the build process aren't really needed anymore.

However, I quite like them, so I'm keeping them around (I hope you like them too). Here you go, then: a photo-journal of the birth of Burlesque.

The Burlesque Revealed

Haze Burlesque

The teasing is over, ladies and gentlemen. Step right up and allow me to introduce the Haze Burlesque.

The Burlesque is a brand new model from Haze Guitars.

And it's pretty stunning. A figured-wood top and a curvy, mahogany body give an irresistible look, but the Burlesque's beauty is more than skin-deep. The two humbucker pickups are wound to vintage PAF specs for a sweet, classic sound. Their smooth tones coupled with a wraparound bridge mean the Burlesque can sustain all night.

A 630mm scale-length and twenty-two, gold EVO frets—along with a wonderful, bend-friendly setup—make the Burlesque something you won't want to keep your hands off.

A volume for each pickup, a master tone and a three-way toggle control things. Gotoh 510 tuners and a bone nut with straight string-pull keep the tuning solid.

Sweet tones, wrapped in a beautiful package. Be seduced by the Burlesque.

And remember, all this week you can tune in to Radio Nova to learn how to win your very own Haze Burlesque. There are some more images on Facebook and some more will be added over the next few days so pop over and Like Haze Guitars to keep abreast (ahem).

Burlesque Tease III

The teasing is coming to an end. I know you're ready, now. I can feel it—you're poised. Soon, soon. Hold on. Remember that you can win a Haze Burlesque with Radio Nova. Tune in for details.

In the meantime…

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Haze burlesque guitar

Burlesque Tease II

Remember that you can win a Haze Burlesque with Radio Nova. Tune in for details. And, incidentally, these are 'round-ups' of images posted on Facebook and Twitter. Check things out there for occasional extra stuff. In the meantime…

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Haze burlesque hand-built guitar

Win a brand-new Haze Burlesque with Nova

Haze Burlesque

Well, Rocktober has rolled around and I'm delighted to be able to, once again, work with Radio Nova to bring you the chance to get your mitts on a Haze Guitar. And not just any guitar.

A brand, spanking, new model.

The Haze Burlesque.

Now, the nature of burlesque calls for a little teasing. So, to tantalise you, a little of the Burlesque will be bared to you each day of this week.

You're just going to have to wait for the reveal, but be patient—the anticipation will make it all the more satisfying.

So, for now, a little titillation…

Haze Burlesque

Alluring curves and a wasp-waist give the Burlesque a gorgeous profile. Stunning lacewood skirts pale maple in the three-piece, figured-wood top. The mahogany back has been tinted a deep, tobacco colour and a laminate of mahogony, maple and ebony forms the neck. The fretboard and headstock carry more dark ebony.

Bringing the bling, the hardware is gold; even the frets are gold. Tasty.

Vintage-voiced PAF-style pickups give the Burlesque a voice to sound as good as it looks. It's got plenty of power to rock all night without losing its focus or sweetness.

Great looks and rich tones make the Haze Burlesque a seriously tempting guitar.

And you can win one.

Literally, 'one'.

You can win Burlesque #001, the first of the line.

Tune in to Radio Nova over the next two weeks to get yourself in the running. You know you want to.

Things Are Afoot: New Model Teasing

I've been posting photos on Facebook and Twitter with the title, Things Are Afoot. I'm teasing…

I've a brand new guitar model preparing for release. I'll be announcing things soon but for now, follow me on Facebook or Twitter where I'll continue building you up into a frenzy of slavering anticipation.

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Haze Bassmaster and Radio Nova

Haze Bassmaster 6

Haze Bassmaster 6

The time has come. Tomorrow morning (Monday 16th July), I'll be down with the lovely people in Radio Nova to present the Haze Bassmaster 6 to its new owner, Greg. Greg won Nova's Rocktober competition and his prize was a custom, hand-built instrument from Haze Guitars. After some discussions, the Haze Bassmaster 6 (with a few tweaks) was decided upon.

Thirty inches and six strings. The Bassmaster is a wonderful, quirky, beast with a tone that'll get you noticed. This one looks great with a lovely ash body peeking through that burst. Nice. You can check out the build process for the Nova Bassmaster if you like or you can read a little more about the Haze Bassmaster 6.

More images to come but do tune in to Pat Courtney on Nova tomorrow morning (100FM) and you might get to hear a bit more. Hurrah!

Nova Guitar - Progress

custom guitar finishing

Let's see what's happening on the Radio Nova prize winner's guitar.

Last time around, we saw the neck completed—it was cut, shaped, carved, fretted and so on. That and the body were sanded.

A lot. Finish-prep really builds those arm muscles. There are a number of sanding stages, each with a slightly finer grit and each involving a lot of inspection for little imperfections in the wood that will translate into bigger imperfections in the finish.

Finally, though, it's ready for some finish.

Finishing schedules vary depending on what you're working on, what you're using, what effect you're trying to achieve, and exactly seventy-three other factors. Well, more or less. What I'm getting at, though, is that there isn't a definitive way of going about 'finishing a guitar'. With that in mind, let's take a look at how this Bassmaster has been finished.

As the body is a nice piece of ash, I've decided to accentuate the grain a little. Some creative grain-filling will do the job.

Grain-filling, by the way, is necessary on certain woods in order to achieve a smooth, flat finish. Many woods (ash, for instance) are considered 'open pore' woods. This means that the grain pattern tends to have a lot of tiny holes or pores. If these aren't filled, the finish applied will simply sink into the pores and won't allow that perfect gloss that many like to see on their guitar.  The grain doesn't have to be filled and leaving it unfilled is perfectly acceptable if that's the effect you're going for. Here, it's not.

I (usually—see above about schedules) shoot a sealer coat onto the wood before filling the grain as that tends to make it a little easier to manage filling. After grain-filling, I carefully remove the excess filler and let it dry. Then I seal that in too. That's the stage you see in the first image above.

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instrument finishing

Now to take some of that pale look off the wood and warm things up a little. A coat of amber-tinted lacquer will take care of that quite nicely.

As this instrument will be a 'black-burst', I've hit the edges first with some black pigmented lacquer. I get these coloured first, before moving on to the top and back and the actual burst.

custom sunburst guitar finishing

Incidentally, the reason you're seeing the back of the guitar in all of these shots is that I'm spraying this in the old Fender style. On the front of the guitar are three nails that support it—raised—above a turntable. When spraying, I do the front first and then flip it to do the back. It's at this point I can more easily take a photo.

Now the money-shot. The burst has been applied to the body. For any readers who don't know what the hell I'm talking about with all this 'burst' talk, it's a method of applying finish with a gradual fade from one colour to another. Burst is short for 'sunburst' a term coined (I think) early in the last century. There are many kinds of sunburst finish and different manufacturers have different styles and methods but the most common are one and two graduating colours from a lighter centre (which, make what are called two or three-colour bursts).

In this case, we have a two-colour burst: Light amber at the centre graduating to black. A black-burst.

Nice.

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We'd better not finish up without a word about the neck. This neck has a dark, ebony fretboard. Couple that with this headstock and we've got a nice, Spinal Tap, none-more-black thing going on.

A silver Haze logo and a Bassmaster 6 logo applied and we're good to coat over with clear lacquer.

And that's where we're up to. This was all completed a while ago and is sitting, waiting for the lacquer to properly cure. At that point, I can wet-sand back the finish on neck and body before buffing the hell out out it to get things nicely glossy.

In the meantime, there are a few smaller jobs like cutting the pickguard (a custom shape so no easy route of buying something off-the-peg).

What should be the final update in this series soon. Stay tuned.