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TorsionLogic guitar, built for David Ford of Coos Bay, Oregon

Body: figured Claro walnut bookmatch over one- piece black limba

Neck: TorsionLogic, five-piece curly maple/jatoba, Macassar ebony fretboard

Frets: medium jumbo (#152) nickel-silver

Pickups: Sheptone* Handwound PAF Tribute Humbuckers

Controls: volume, 3-way pickup selector, blend, tone with pull-on coil tap switch

Hardware: Gotoh/Wilkinson tremolo, Gotoh locking tuners

*For more info about the superlative Sheptone line of handwound pickups, click here:

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David’s first comments:

"Stunning... I have been playing it for about two hours without plugging it into an
amp as of yet. It is a beautiful instrument. Tthe action plays like a
dream and I've been enjoying just hearing the acoustics of the wood for now.
The action reminds me somewhat of a 20th-anniversary Les Paul® that I once
had and mistakenly got rid of. It's tighter action than I am used to with
my Strats®. But you know what? My fingers must not be as fat as I thought
they were, because I am actually maneuvering around the fretboard, faster
and more fluidly than I normally do.

I'm going to plug it in later today and will get back to you on the rest of
my thoughts. later. For now I have to say great job!"

After playing a few gigs, he had this to say:

"The Black Mesa guitar has proven to be the one guitar that I come back to for most situations. When I play some of my other guitars, people might say nice things about my playing. But when I play my claro walnut Black Mesa, they comment on "the sound".

The tones I get from this guitar are amazing. The versatility of the sounds from the available combinations provided by the Sheptone pickups, the coil tapping, and the butter-smooth playability puts me in a different world when I gig. The neck is fast. The body is comfortable and beautiful. The tuning is true. And the notes swell and soar, hanging graciously for human ears to pick out of the air like sweet fruit.

Whether I'm pumping out the blues with the Bigfoot Blues Band, thumping out some rock, or picking surf/country with the Dale Inskeep band, this guitar feels right at home.

Thanks for building me this super-fantastic axe!"

Ford rocks out


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