If you’re a musician, or if you hang around with musicians or luthiers – or even if you’ve ever read a guitar forum – you’ll have heard the handmade versus CNC instrument debate.
So what’s actually important?
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).
If I've missed anything, feel free to give me a shout.
Oh, right… The spec.
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 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).
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…
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.
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.
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.
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!