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Ben Higgins
post Jun 3 2011, 09:56 AM
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Hi Dudes and Dudettes !

Just thought I'd share my 3 main guitars.. I'm incredibly lucky in that my father (self taught) can build guitars. It was a learning curve, with each one slightly improving over the previous one. The Explorer is the 1st one that he built specifically for me. If you're wondering why you haven't seen it in a video yet it's because it's SOOOOO heavy that I don't play it much. I used to use it as my live guitar for gigs but wanted something lighter. It's slightly larger and much heavier than a standard Gibson explorer.. and WAY heavier than a Les Paul so you get the idea !

The other two with the Jackson style bodies were something that he just decided to put together using existing parts he had (pickups, volume knob, bridge) and when I saw and played them I just had to have them !

I don't know the specs exactly.. but I will get more info and update cool.gif

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I do have a question as well: If money were no object and you could have a custom guitar built, what shape would you have ?




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post Jun 3 2011, 10:01 AM
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those look really nice! you are very lucky and your Dad is a very talented man!!

I had the chance to get myself a custom built guitar, (my MK purple guitar) I went for a PRS sort of style, it was basically modelled on the same guitar that Cosmin has smile.gif


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post Jun 3 2011, 10:02 AM
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Oh so you have two of those jackson style beauties! cool.gif

PS Can we exchange dads please? You just for a couple of months so he can build me a guitar?!


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post Jun 3 2011, 10:21 AM
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QUOTE (Kristofer Dahl @ Jun 3 2011, 10:02 AM) *
Oh so you have two of those jackson style beauties! cool.gif

PS Can we exchange dads please? You just for a couple of months so he can build me a guitar?!


Sure I'll send him over to Sweden in a crate.. I'll send him with some rice and curry paste because he can cook amazing curries !

I hope your Dad can cook some interesting Swedish cuisine ? If he comes with a bottle of Swedish Snaps I won't mind... laugh.gif


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post Jun 3 2011, 10:22 AM
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Beautiful axes!
Don't you feel the need of a neck pickups?

QUOTE (Kristofer Dahl @ Jun 3 2011, 11:02 AM) *
PS Can we exchange dads please? You just for a couple of months so he can build me a guitar?!

Great ID, I'm in. My turn is in August!!


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post Jun 3 2011, 10:27 AM
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QUOTE (Chris Evans @ Jun 3 2011, 10:01 AM) *
those look really nice! you are very lucky and your Dad is a very talented man!!

I had the chance to get myself a custom built guitar, (my MK purple guitar) I went for a PRS sort of style, it was basically modelled on the same guitar that Cosmin has smile.gif



Yes your guitar is beautiful !! If we ever gig together we'll have to do the 'try each other's guitar' thing ! cool.gif

QUOTE (Stephane Lucarelli @ Jun 3 2011, 10:22 AM) *
Beautiful axes!
Don't you feel the need of a neck pickups?


Great ID, I'm in. My turn is in August!!


I only really miss the neck pickup for clean tones but not for distorted playing smile.gif

Haha.. my poor Dad.. I'll have to tell him that he's going to be sent all over Europe and he'll have to accept it. laugh.gif


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post Jun 3 2011, 10:29 AM
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QUOTE (Stephane Lucarelli @ Jun 3 2011, 11:22 AM) *
Great ID, I'm in. My turn is in August!!


So what will I get form you dad? Does he construct guitars or cook? (Otherwise I am not interested!!! dry.gif )


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post Jun 3 2011, 10:30 AM
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QUOTE (Kristofer Dahl @ Jun 3 2011, 10:29 AM) *
So what will I get form you dad? Does he construct guitars or cook? (Otherwise I am not interested!!! dry.gif )


He does both ! The curries are a bonus cool.gif

But for this to be a fair exchange what does your Dad do ? smile.gif


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post Jun 3 2011, 10:32 AM
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QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Jun 3 2011, 11:21 AM) *
I hope your Dad can cook some interesting Swedish cuisine ? If he comes with a bottle of Swedish Snaps I won't mind... laugh.gif

I am afraid my Dad won't do much more than mess with your mind - so I wouldn't allow you to keep him for a long time, as that might jeopardize your awesome guitar work at GMC wink.gif

QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Jun 3 2011, 11:30 AM) *
He does both ! The curries are a bonus cool.gif

I knew that - that's why I want him! I was asking about Stephane's dad wink.gif


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post Jun 3 2011, 10:41 AM
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QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Jun 3 2011, 10:27 AM) *
Yes your guitar is beautiful !! If we ever gig together we'll have to do the 'try each other's guitar' thing ! cool.gif


ah yes, absolutly! if anything I`ll hope that some of the Higgins magic will rub off your guitar to my fingers and from your fingers into my fretboard!! cool.gif

Fingers crossed we can organise something one day smile.gif


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They are stunning.
Maybe play the explorer every now n then to work the shoulders for added exercises cool.gif


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post Jun 3 2011, 10:52 AM
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QUOTE (Chris Evans @ Jun 3 2011, 10:41 AM) *
ah yes, absolutly! if anything I`ll hope that some of the Higgins magic will rub off your guitar to my fingers and from your fingers into my fretboard!! cool.gif

Fingers crossed we can organise something one day smile.gif



I doubt you'll get get anything more on your fretboard apart from sweat and grease ! smile.gif Get this.. I was reading a guitar magazine years ago (remember those things ?) and somebody honestly described that dirt you get on guitar necks as 'finger poo'. laugh.gif

QUOTE (zen @ Jun 3 2011, 10:42 AM) *
They are stunning.
Maybe play the explorer every now n then to work the shoulders for added exercises cool.gif


Yeah.. and the neck. And the arms. And the back. And the legs !! laugh.gif


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post Jun 3 2011, 10:55 AM
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QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Jun 3 2011, 10:52 AM) *
I doubt you'll get get anything more on your fretboard apart from sweat and grease ! smile.gif Get this.. I was reading a guitar magazine years ago (remember those things ?) and somebody honestly described that dirt you get on guitar necks as 'finger poo'. laugh.gif



laugh.gif laugh.gif laugh.gif I love that, I`m gunna use that from now on! laugh.gif
I took apart and totally cleaned up my Jackson and Ibanez last week, re oiled the necks etc, its amazing how much finger poo gets left behind, also the amount of skin shed from the picking hand that gets down between the pups! just hand poo in general?


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post Jun 3 2011, 10:57 AM
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QUOTE (Chris Evans @ Jun 3 2011, 10:55 AM) *
laugh.gif laugh.gif laugh.gif I love that, I`m gunna use that from now on! laugh.gif
I took apart and totally cleaned up my Jackson and Ibanez last week, re oiled the necks etc, its amazing how much finger poo gets left behind, also the amount of skin shed from the picking hand that gets down between the pups! just hand poo in general?


I get a feeling that this phrase is going to be popular at GMC.. you read it here first, folks ! tongue.gif

There's nothing better than having a nicely cleaned guitar though smile.gif


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QUOTE (Chris Evans @ Jun 3 2011, 05:55 AM) *
laugh.gif laugh.gif laugh.gif I love that, I`m gunna use that from now on! laugh.gif
I took apart and totally cleaned up my Jackson and Ibanez last week, re oiled the necks etc, its amazing how much finger poo gets left behind, also the amount of skin shed from the picking hand that gets down between the pups! just hand poo in general?


Hmm I'm off next week I think I shall add this to my list, replace all strings and deep clean the kids. =D Thanks for the great idea!


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QUOTE (SpaseMoonkey @ Jun 3 2011, 11:48 AM) *
Hmm I'm off next week I think I shall add this to my list, replace all strings and deep clean the kids. =D Thanks for the great idea!


well worth doing, they feel completly different afterwards smile.gif like new again smile.gif


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Very nice guitars Ben ! smile.gif


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Wow lucky you! smile.gif

Those guitar look amazing, I bet it's awesome to have a luthier at home cool.gif


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Thanks Guys, yes although I'm not under the same roof anymore it's still incredible to have a family member who can do that smile.gif


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biggrin.gif Ben - does he take orders from outside Great Britain? tongue.gif


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