With my Daemoness build kicking off imminently I figured that I would document the exciting build process for you all. I loved following the build of Meadow's Valkenbyrd VII and given that this is the first Ironbird ever built by Dylan, and will incorporate a few things not done that often on his builds that it would be of interest to you bros. Onwards! I have been a huge fan of Dylan's builds since I was a 13 year old kid reading Metal Hammer and saw Misha Mansoor holding this crazy looking superstrat with a headstock that just looked better than anything I had ever seen. I had a long time before I even considered getting on the list back in 2016 to figure out what I wanted, more or less. It would be black and pointy. Alexi Laiho's "Blacky", and initially I just wanted a Daemonized version of that, because the likelihood of me ever getting an ESP version would be slim to none. But if you're going to go Daemoness, you have to go big, so it needed some work. I have had a lifelong passion and interest for military aviation, and a long standing dream of one day becoming a fighter pilot, which naturally drew me towards the F-15, 16, and 22. One day a few years ago I was binge watching gun camera footage of an F-15 dogfight from Desert Storm, right around when Dylan debutted his use of glow in the dark resins in his inlays. The thought instantly flashed across my mind. "An F-15 HUD in glow in the dark green resin, with an SU-27 Flanker caught in the crosshairs, performing the famous evasive "Cobra" maneuver, but being a millisecond too late and catching a healthy burst of 20mm" Too close for missiles, switching to guns. Having a few Eagle drivers as friends certainly helped with the idea too. Initially I wanted a missile lock instead of a guns kill, but I was told that the ultimate kill is a guns kill, so I looked around for the correct reticles and HUD modes to get the most accurate portrayal of the kill as possible. (Observe from 4:29 during the last clip) I would take further inspiration from the Lockheed Martin F-117 Nighthawk, birthed from the secretive "Skunk Works", the same guys who designed the SR-71. It was the first true stealth fighter/bomber. There is just something about the lines, symmetry and mission of the Nighthawk that are so similar to what I want on a guitar. Stealthed out, minimalistic (The F-117 didn't even have a radar) and lethal. The F-117 was conceived to to be nearly invisible to enemy radar at all costs. This led to it's unconventional design which was dubbed "The Hopeless Diamond" in its infancy. The purpose of the shape was to reflect radar waves from every angle back at the ground, or into the sky, and absorbing all remaining waves, so as to have the smallest radar cross section as possible. A radar absorbent coating also helped with this. Due to the unconventional design the aircraft was extremely aerodynamically unstable, needing the help of an onboard computer to translate the inputs of the pilot to all the control surfaces of the jet, to make it flyable. It is from this aerodynamic instability that it got it's other nickname, the "Wobblin' Goblin". When the time came for my initial phone call with the Daemoness bros I was on the fence between a Hadian and an Ironbird. Dylan then told me that he'd always wanted to build an Ironbird, and that this would serve as a perfect theme for one, even down to the name. That was settled quickly. Furthermore, I had originally decided for an ebony board, but Dylan told me that we could achieve a much better, far more uniform black fretboard if we used Richlite. To my knowledge this will be the first Daemoness with a Richlite fingerboard. Final Specs - The only changes from this spec sheet are going to be a Matte Black OFR, and and adding a maple cap on top of the Alder body. I will keep this thread updated with build progress shots as I get them. To finish off, this guitar is a combination of many of my interests and passions. That is probably the biggest reason I went with Daemoness Guitars on this one, as I've seen countless Daemonii over the years where Dylan just knocks each theme out of the park, as he is just as invested and interested in the theme and build as you are. I was surprised to find out that Dylan himself is a huge aviation geek like myself, and upon visiting his shop in 2018 we had conversations about warfare and military jets that I never could imagine having with my luthier. The guy has a fucking tattoo of a Spitfire on his back. That's how I knew without a doubt that he was the man for the job.