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"Blue Mary"

Black Mesa Signature Custom

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"Blue Mary"

Black Mesa Signature Custom

Built for Eric Ward of Ogden, Utah

Body: chambered Cuban mahogany (harvested as deadfall in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Hugo, September 1989)

Top: bookmatched quilted maple, blue stain

Neck: TorsionLogic™ 3-piece sapele

Headstock cap: blue stained quilted maple with "Mary" inlaid in ebony

Fretboard: acrylized curly maple, blue stain, Black Mesa logo inlaid in mother of pearl and crushed turquoise at 12th fret

Pickups: 3 Joe Barden P-90s

Controls: 3 stacked volume/tone knobs, 3 on/off switches

Hardware: Pigtail intonatable aluminum wraparound bridge, Planet Waves locking tuners, Dunlop flush-mount Strap Locks


Eric's first comments:

"Just a few impressions, I'm not quite ready to write the testimonial yet: She sings!! The tone and sustain are outstanding, the action is

great, she is (as you know) quite beautiful. I have to find myself agreeing with Jeff Shepard, you are underpricing for the value received.

And one quote from someone else, my friend Lynn Wheelwright (Lynn is the guitar historian, amazing

guitar repair tech, and major collector, as well as running a retail store, and is a player in his own right ).

Lynn said, "Great action, great big sound, fantastic tone, great workmanship, and a beautiful instrument.

It's one of the finest guitars I've ever played. I'd take it over a PRS any day!"

So it's not just me. You did a far better job than I had any right to expect, and I'm lucky to have found you to build this guitar."

click on above photo for a video of Eric, Randy and Don playing "Tin Pan Alley"

click on above photo for a video of Eric, Randy and Don playing "Stormy Monday"


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