Exciting new Bernie Rico Jr customs

Discussion in 'Luthiery, Modifications & Customizations' started by Adam Of Angels, Dec 10, 2010.

  1. Adam Of Angels

    Adam Of Angels The GAS Man Contributor

    Messages:
    8,728
    Likes Received:
    717
    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2008
    Location:
    Mount Pleasant, PA
    So I've recently been discussing a couple of customs with Bernie Rico Jr. So far, I am nothing but impressed - talking to this guy is as easy as talking to myself, if I knew how to build world-class guitars, haha. I don't know of any other luthier that approaches guitar building with the same amount of passion as Bernie - he's just as excited as I am, if not even MORE excited about the ideas I present to him, and his suggestions are always brilliantly awesome.

    The point of this thread is to constantly update it with new pieces of info, specs, pics, etc., and eventually clips and videos. Most of the guys that know me on here think of me as a dirty gear whore. However, I'm finally starting to put together music for what will be a long running project under the name Of Angels, and these two guitars are going to be my main tools for the first recordings.

    There'll be more info about that stuff later on. For now, here's a little bit of what we all actually care about:

    Guitar #1

    7 string Jekyll Slim
    27.5" scale
    One piece Macasser Ebony neck and fretboard
    - the back of the neck where the truss rod is inserted will be covered with either Abalone or Maple - what do you think it should be?
    Mahogany body wings
    Top wood: either one piece Macasser Ebony, some other similar "tree-like" wood, or figured maple
    Hipshot hard tail
    Schaller locking tuners
    Single coil in the neck, hum in the bridge - BKP's, probably Trilogy and Warpig - white covers
    Black hardware
    Stainless steel frets
    Single volume control, 3-way switch, both far out of the way

    Guitar #2

    Rico-style Telecaster prototype!!
    7 strings
    26.1875" scale
    Unique, totally badass Slant top Tele shape
    Birds eye maple neck and fingerboard
    Korina or Ash wings
    Flamed maple top with blue, "moon-burst" finish
    Bridge, not yet decided on
    3 + 4 headstock

    The Jekyll is being spec'd out for surgically precise riffing, shred, and heavy as fuck rhythms. The Macasser neck, being really hard to get a hold of to begin with, is a first for Bernie so he seems really pumped to work on it. I've seen only one other fully neck-through guitar with such a neck, and I simply can not wait to see how fast it plays.

    The specs on the Tele shape are just what I have in mind at the moment, but are definitely subject to change. It'll be the first of Bernie's new body style that he's been working on for a little while, but it ought to be more badass than the average prototype. I want to spec it out to be unsurpassable in terms of its ability to produce complex clean tone beauty, and singing leads.


    I'm entirely open to suggestions, so let them fly if you have any. Im just genuinely excited, as these are the first guitars I've ever had made just for me (no, they won't end up in the classifieds :lol:) and I wanted to share them with you guys.
     
    zimbloth, yellowv, clouds and 2 others like this.
  2. LLink2411

    LLink2411 Banned

    Messages:
    702
    Likes Received:
    159
    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2009
    Location:
    City of Angels, Hell on Earth
    26.3875" scale? Wow, you have it down to the ten-thousandth of an inch. I like it, although I have never heard of a 26 31/80" scale length... it should be good though.


    Although I would rather prefer a tele shape rather than a SS shape for heavy stuff, but that is just me.
     
  3. Adam Of Angels

    Adam Of Angels The GAS Man Contributor

    Messages:
    8,728
    Likes Received:
    717
    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2008
    Location:
    Mount Pleasant, PA
    :lol: I fixed it - I meant 26 3/16"
     
  4. LLink2411

    LLink2411 Banned

    Messages:
    702
    Likes Received:
    159
    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2009
    Location:
    City of Angels, Hell on Earth
    Do you have any pics the Tele-shape template?
     
  5. Scar Symmetry

    Scar Symmetry Ex Whiny Bitch

    Messages:
    15,865
    Likes Received:
    2,947
    Joined:
    May 29, 2007
    Location:
    Bristol, UK
  6. Adam Of Angels

    Adam Of Angels The GAS Man Contributor

    Messages:
    8,728
    Likes Received:
    717
    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2008
    Location:
    Mount Pleasant, PA
    There simply aren't pics yet, but I promise that they'll get posted as soon as I have any.

    For now, use your imagination :yesway:
     
  7. Scar Symmetry

    Scar Symmetry Ex Whiny Bitch

    Messages:
    15,865
    Likes Received:
    2,947
    Joined:
    May 29, 2007
    Location:
    Bristol, UK
    Can't wait to see them :yesway:
     
  8. BrainArt

    BrainArt Deftones Guru.

    Messages:
    5,174
    Likes Received:
    264
    Joined:
    May 25, 2009
    Location:
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Exactly what I'm doing, Adam. And in my imagination, I am liking them. :yesway:


    Can't wait to see them and if they'll look cooler than in my imagination. :lol:
     
  9. Abiogenesis

    Abiogenesis Banned

    Messages:
    115
    Likes Received:
    87
    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2010
    Location:
    Italy
    Can't wait for Of Angels, too! ;)
     
  10. DesertBurst

    DesertBurst need moar dorrar

    Messages:
    141
    Likes Received:
    48
    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2010
    Location:
    Minneapolis
    Tele is going to be epic
     
  11. teqnick

    teqnick The Juggernaut

    Messages:
    1,621
    Likes Received:
    573
    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2009
    Location:
    Chicago, IL
     
    ev1ltwin likes this.
  12. scherzo1928

    scherzo1928 has wood for you

    Messages:
    3,606
    Likes Received:
    624
    Joined:
    May 21, 2010
    Location:
    Mexico City
    Love the specs on both. Particularly the first one. While I was shoping for wood for my 2nd build I saw some macassar ebony necks, and I wept silently knowing I would not be able to get them shipped here.

    Im still in shock by the craftsmanship in his axes after seeing the hesperian slant top.
     
  13. OrsusMetal

    OrsusMetal In brightest day...

    Messages:
    2,460
    Likes Received:
    285
    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2008
    Location:
    Kansas
    Fuck yeah! Tele!!
     
  14. AChRush1349

    AChRush1349 SS.org Regular

    Messages:
    419
    Likes Received:
    28
    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2009
    Location:
    Taneytown, Maryland
    These sound AMAZING...Ebony top on jekyll slimline=my fantasy custom. I shall be watching this thread very carefully...
     
  15. Adam Of Angels

    Adam Of Angels The GAS Man Contributor

    Messages:
    8,728
    Likes Received:
    717
    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2008
    Location:
    Mount Pleasant, PA
    Not just an ebony top, but an ebony NECK. That's what's up.

    The Tele won't be traditional, but will have that Rico flair, so expect to short your keyboard with drool when the pics go up.

    Both of these guitars are being built with a couple of new/unique techniques that I'm helping Bernie flesh out. I fully expect these to be tonally superior to anything I've owned or played
     
  16. 777

    777 SS.Org's Irish Guy

    Messages:
    2,022
    Likes Received:
    262
    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2006
    Location:
    Ireland
    :worth:

    GTFO
     
  17. Enselmis

    Enselmis SS.org Regular

    Messages:
    1,189
    Likes Received:
    42
    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2010
    Location:
    Winnipeg
    Tele prototype?!! You bastard!

    I wanted the first Rico tele... :lol:

    You are a lucky lucky man.
     

Share This Page