I'm just off for a chat with Pat down at Radio Nova later this afternoon. I'll be bringing along two Vee-Twins. One will be presented to it's new owner, Hogy Fuellgrabe—the lucky winner of the Nova Rocktober competition. The other now belongs to Nova themselves—and let's face it, how could they not get themselves a V-type guitar that's made for rock?
Things should be kicking-off (or lifting-off) just after 6pm so tune in if you've got a radio (100FM) or some sort of computing device handy to listen online.
So, by now, you should have had a look at the build photos from the Vee-Twin. I'm working with Radio Nova again this year and they'll be giving away one of these beauties during the last week of October (or Rocktober, if you prefer).
The keen-eyed will have spotted that there are two Vee-Twins on the go in these photos. Well, similar to Victor Kiam who liked a razor so much, he bought the company, Nova are getting a handsome Vee-Twin all to themselves.
Nova get one but the other guitar could be all yours if you tune in at 100FM over the next few weeks—check it out.
In the meantime, have a listen to this. Personally, I have it on repeat all through the day.
A little bit of a photo-journal through the birth and early life of a new Haze Vee-Twin custom guitar. Stay tuned for some interesting extra information on the Vee-Twin soon.
A very big shout-out to Finbarr Crotty who made this splendid video. Thanks, Finbarr.
If you like this, it'd be great if you could go to YouTube and like or share the video. That'd be really cool and would go a long way to easing my many social insecurities.
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.
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.
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.