It all starts with an idea. What would be a cool carving for a guitar, what shape would really stand out for our signature lines? Its a combination of what our clients are looking for and how to fuse classic features and brutal designs for us. How do we create a line of guitars that are unique and yet not over the top. Main stream, and yet completely original.
We then draw it out or create a technical drawing, and measure everything in place. We love projects so if you have an idea, let us know and we would love to build it for you!
From there, idea’s get moved from paper to the actual slab or board we are going to be using. In the picture below, we drew the design of the Dragon onto the most highly figured part of the small slab to get the most aesthetic look for the guitar.
Choosing the woods for the guitar/bass is based on what kind of music the instrument is going to be used for.
Walnut’s has a deep resonating low end and combed midrange dynamics make it well suited for death metal, through rock.
Mahogany’s warm lows and a thick sound overall make extended lows very full and can produce muddiness in the signal. The low notes are very strong and sometimes overbearing for a pickup.
Basswood is not stiff enough for a tight, well-defined low end, especially with a shorter scale. Low notes will have good harmonics, and a good fundamental, but the over all tone will be in the mid-range register
Alder has a tighter low end than Basswood, with slightly deeper lows and will make for a muddy overall tone.
Swamp Ash is stiff enough for a crisp low end without becoming muddy. The open pores help resonate low tones. Higher overtones become more apparent in lower registers, for good harmonic content and a sharper attack.
Rock Maple will have the tightest lows for the extended range. Low notes will have a sharp attack, plenty of harmonics, and excellent sustain.
All our Guitar’s/ Bass’s are created using 5A Luthier Grade Woods and all slabs are hand selected.
The work bench where the majority of the cutting and carving is done.
Since not everyone is looking for a completely original guitar, we also are more the happy to modify an existing guitar for you. Azrael and the Anatomize guitar’s were originally an Ibanez RG and Jackson Randy Rhodes V. We took them apart, sanded off the finish and started the carving after drawing the outline onto the guitar.
Once the guitars are carved, cut, routed, and finish sanded to 2000 grit, they either hit the spray booth for the clear coat, or the Tung or Danish oil is applied depending on the customers requests. For our Mod’s, the hand painting begins at this phase. As a classical oil painter, I am partial to Oil Paint for our guitars. I feel it adds a level of artistry to the guitar, instead of air brushing it. The paint moves differently and you can see the brush strokes so it ends up looking like a 3D painting.
Once the guitars are assembled, you have the most unique and best quality guitar that money can buy! As you can see from the process photo’s our guitars are legitimately single cut, directly from the slab and carved directly from the tree. This creates the most beautiful tonal and harmonic quality possible.
Of course once they are completed, we need to get pictures with them!