The Official Decibel Guitars Thread - builds in progress

Discussion in 'Dealers & Group Buys' started by darren, Jan 23, 2010.

  1. darren

    darren Decibel Guitars Forum MVP

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    Hi, all

    You may remember me from such threads as The Official Agile Intrepid Thread and The Agile T-7 Texan Colour Poll. Well, after 20 years of designing and not having access to a shop to build, i've decided to change that. With HUGE thanks to Brian for giving me space in his shop and having great patience with me as i get my building chops back up to snuff (and being an all-around great guy to hang out and build with), i'm pleased to announce the birth of Decibel Guitars.

    I started building the prototypes a couple of months ago, but i'm at the stage now where i'd like to show my progress and get some interest in what i'm doing. I'm posting here until a Luthier section is set up.

    First off, i'm doing all original designs. If you don't see it on my site, i'm not building it.

    Second, i'm not taking orders. At least not yet. My plan is to build some prototypes, then start easing into "small run" production batches of a few guitars at a time. This is a part-time venture for me, so i'm not going to get into the whole pre-order/deposit/wait/wait/wait game. I'm going to build instruments that i think are unique and interesting, based on the woods and components available at the time, and when they're finished, i'll offer them up for sale.

    At any rate, here are the models i'm starting out with:

    The Javelin:
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    The AMX:
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    The Aviator:
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    The Stealth:
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    I've made templates for 27" scale 7-strings only at this point. :) My plan is to build and play at least one of each of these, so i can tweak the designs if necessary, then start building them in the batch runs.

    If the response is good, i may also offer:

    The Cutlass:
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    The Stealth X:
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    My plan is to get the first prototypes done by the end of April/early May, (which will roughly coincide with Brian's launch) at which point i'll start building the first batch of "production" instruments.

    I'm only over at Brian's once or twice a week, so progress is slow and methodical. But i'm keeping track of all the builds on my blog, so you can follow along with the buildstories there. I'll try and keep things updated here as well, but it's a lot of work to cross-post everything, so i'll likely just post updates here with links to my site.

    I look forward to hearing your feedback! Input, suggestions and constructive criticism are most welcome. :)

    And just to kick things off, here are some shots of Prototype 1:

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    ... and Prototype 2:

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    TemjinStrife Power Metal Cellist

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    Check out the links in his sig for his blogs about the instruments. Great reading!
     
  3. BigPhi84

    BigPhi84 Pronounced "FEE"

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    I really dig the first body shape. The others... not so much.
     
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    Cool, Darren!:yesway: I know Brian avoids Floyds and Kahlers like the plague, but could I twist your arm into making an 8 string proto Javelin with a Kahler so I can buy it? :cool: Seriously, I'm excited to see your builds because I know that shop of Brian's oozes fancy wood combinations.
     
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    I really like the cutlass body
     
  6. darren

    darren Decibel Guitars Forum MVP

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    I won't completely rule out any possibility of an 8-string or a Kahler... it's probably the only trem that will work on my bodies, which will be very thin once i'm done carving them. But that will likely be a way off yet.
     
  7. darren

    darren Decibel Guitars Forum MVP

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    Cool, thanks! I tried to make something a little different. You can see a lot of influences in the shape... a little Firebird, a little Iceman, a little Parker...
     
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    I can definitely see the parker influence
     
  9. MaxOfMetal

    MaxOfMetal Likes trem wankery. Super Moderator

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    The Javelin and AMX are looking really good. That AMX shape in a fanned 8, would be absolutely killer!

    Good luck!!!

    *waits for updates*
     
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    Really cool designs, I like modded V's the most :agreed:
     
  11. darren

    darren Decibel Guitars Forum MVP

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    If you want updates, check out DecibelGuitars.com and/or subscribe to the decibelguitars Twitter feed if you're into that sort of thing... i've got the site set up as a blog, and every guitar will have its own page under the "Builds" section. I'll be using Twitter to broadcast updates on builds, when instruments become available for sale, etc.

    My intent is to document the build process of every guitar, and they will be accessible by serial number. For example, http://decibelguitars.com/proto1 will take you to the build page for Prototype 1. Serial numbers of the "production" instruments will start with "dB" and then a number, which will be their sequential number in the build queue, which i'll assign to the instrument when it's started. e.g. dB1, dB2, etc. This will hopefully become a permanent record of the guitar's history, including the buildstory, ownership history, etc.
     
  12. canuck brian

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    I actually tried to buy the original javelin design from Darren. It kicks a lot of ass.

    I've already asked Darren if I could do one up for myself using this shape too.

    Guys, Darren's put a LOT of work, research and blood (i've witnessed!) into this project. It's going to be amazing. We use the same shop, but our styles in builds couldn't be any more different from each other. It's pretty neat to literally just look over to the other side of the room and see another set of custom guitars being built. :yesway:
     
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    Prydogga Giddyup.

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    Darren these look killer! The Javelin looks so original but still familiar, if that makes sense. I can't wait to see this all up and running! :hbang:
     
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    Great to see you building your own designs Darren :yesway:

    The Javelin is my favourite but they're all very tasteful, which is no surprise :)
     
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    I want the stealth and Javelin

    Good luck getting this running!
     
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    Javelin and AMX models are my faves, but I'm not feeling that headstock. Maybe it's that sharp point or something. Other than that they look killer.
     
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    The idea of recording each guitar's history is very cool.

    Overall, I must say you approach this whole deal in a very professional way, and I hope that it works out. All the best!
     
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    darren Decibel Guitars Forum MVP

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    That javelin looks great, I am sure when they are all carved up and done we will all be drooling.

    You guys are located in Toronto, when do I get to swing by for a tour of the builds.

    : D
     
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    Hmmmm..... looks a lot like the Fernandez Ravelle with distorted cutaways.... :shrug:

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