HawkWow wrote:You build your own guitars bro? I am in awe. I'm suddenly not so proud I managed to stick our mailbox up on a 4x4. ; )
I have a buddy that has a hotel in Cambodia. Just the other day he was telling me he lost 2 of his kitchen staff because "they were busted for stealing Rosewood (and shooting at the pursuing cops)". So I guess the stuff must be prized internationally.
I don't think you would like the Rainsong. It definitely does not remind me of wood. I'm getting use to it only because I do my best to think of it as something other than wood. Rich sound aside, it is an incredible guitar in every other way.
The CA (Peavey) Cargo is almost half the price but still expensive at $1200. It sounds much woodier than the Rainsong and is simply amazing..especially considering it fits in an overhead. It came with medium Elixer strings, which I've not played before, and they are taking some getting use to but I love this thing. The problem I'm having now is taking it to the beach. And that was my primary reason for getting either guitar but they are just too gorgeous. That and the electronics on the Rainsong are so exposed ...I kinda feel like I was BSed a bit. They act like you can use it for a canoe paddle, then you see the pre-amp etc and understand it better not get wet. So all that money later and I will still be toting my little Martin around down there, lol. Both guitars sound awesome plugged in, btw.
I've not played the larger CAs but if they have an even bigger, richer sound than the Cargo, I recommend you check one out if you're thinking composite. Would sure love to see a pic or 2 of your builds should you be compelled to share. I envy your talents.
I had a head start in building guitars back in 1967 at a factory in Astoria Oregon, the Company name was called Musicraft and they they were equipped with an aluminum neck, Grover Tuners, and my job was final shaping and smoothing the neck just prior to painting.
Although they are no longer in business, (at least I don't think they are) they were real easy to play, and
The pickups on the guitar were lousy, and I think that was the most probable reason for their demise.
I don't recall exactly the Recording artist that used the Musicraft guitar in their recordings, but I'm betting that he probably canned the pickups for something with a lot better quality.
I'm not sure of which brand of strings you use on your instruments, but I was just turned on to Elixir POLLYWEB, I capitalized the word Polyweb, because Elixir also makes the crappy Nanowebs, and they don't hold the kickass tonality of Polyweb, because the rust proof coating on the strings is insufficient.
The Polywebs are no longer being produced, because they held their resonant tone quality for approximately 3 to 5 times longer than ANYTHING else on the market.
I love the boom that my hand built puts out with these new strings, and will let you know how well they hold up.
I designed and made my own pick plate out of the rarest burl that I could find.
As soon as I can get my sister to show me the best way to get pictures of my sweetie on here, I'll post em.