The Acoustic Guitar Forum

Go Back   The Acoustic Guitar Forum > General Acoustic Guitar and Amplification Discussion > Custom Shop

Reply
 
Thread Tools
  #16  
Old 07-25-2018, 08:09 AM
Marcus Wong's Avatar
Marcus Wong Marcus Wong is offline
The Golden Era Guitar
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Singapore
Posts: 1,588
Default

Will, you are one of my very favourite artists ever, and have been since the time I discovered your music years ago during the Lowden Guitars competition we participated in together I very much look forward to see how your music grows with this new found relationship with a builder you can resonate with. Really happy to see this collaboration between one of my favourite artists and builder I am honoured to represent in my shop
__________________
.
THE GOLDEN ERA GUITAR
FOR SALE | VIDEOS

AUTHORISED DEALER OF:
Astrand | Bowerman | Brondel | Buendia | Casimi | Datlen | Doerr | Fujii | Gerber |Halland | Heinonen | Isaac Jang | Keith
Kostal | Keystone | Matsuda | Michaud Made | Ogino | Pellerin | Petros | Poljakoff | Strahm | Tom Sands | Wingert

...and more

www.TheGoldenEraGuitar.com
TheGoldenEraGuitar@gmail.com
+65 8666 0420
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 07-30-2018, 02:20 PM
Will McNicol Will McNicol is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Posts: 30
Default The Story of a Tom Sands Signature Guitar

The Story of a Tom Sands Signature Guitar
Part Two: "Rosettes, Rosettes, Rosettes"



Other than the response and feel of Tom's guitars, the other thing that really connected with me was his approach to design and material. This is particularly evident in his use of copper for his rosettes. Sometimes etched, sometimes patinated, but always entirely considered and appropriate.



I studied design at university, and as a result felt the potential of etched copper was perfect to revisit some of those skills I gained to produce my own "signature" rosette. It also helps that Tom and I share a love for the design movements of the past; Bauhaus, Memphis and the like, so were very much on the same wave-length from the start.



Cue a considerable amount of time on Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop...



I wanted to give a nod to my classical guitar upbringing with a radial pattern, but as understated as possible to not detract from the natural beauty of the copper. Tom took some nods from the old Martin D-28's, and my love of herringbone patterns all went into the pot. I believe it was Miles Davis who uttered the immortal: "It's not the notes you play, it's the notes you don't play" and in this instance it was definitely a case of "It's not the lines you etch, it's the lines you don't etch".



We tried a fair few iterations, and ended up with something we were both over-the-moon with. A simple, contemporary radial design with a nod to a contemporary take on herringbone and classical rosettes. The etched pattern will be quoted in the headstock wedge and on the back as well. Here's the three "final drafts" etched in the copper before protective film is removed.



I'm loving how it's looking against the Redwood, and can't wait to see it come together with the Black Limba as well!



Thanks for all your comments thus far - what a lovely community. More updates soon =)
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 07-30-2018, 04:06 PM
TomB'sox's Avatar
TomB'sox TomB'sox is offline
Moderator
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Upstate Ny via Minnesota, soon heading to Texas
Posts: 5,510
Default

Wow, fantastic, what a design and collaboration! Please let me add another to your long list of fans. Your music is inspiring.
__________________
PS. I love guitars!
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 07-30-2018, 04:17 PM
DamianL DamianL is online now
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Scotland
Posts: 727
Default

As a signature model will this be available as an option to order from Tom, or is it more the ‘one off’ ?
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 07-31-2018, 11:54 AM
Adamski Adamski is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Rural Suffolk, UK
Posts: 192
Default Greetings...

Hi Will

As SteveH said, it was lovely to meet you the other day and I'm so thrilled that you have fallen in love with Tom's work (as I and so many other's have). Hearing you play my Sands guitars showed exactly what they are capable of and having him build something which is precisely what you want/need should be even more impressive.

All of us can't wait to hear the results...as I'm sure you can't either!

Keep well and see you again soon I hope.

Adam
__________________

Current:
Tom Sands MMD - quilted sapele (2017)
Gibson J35 (2017)
Tom Sands OMC - wenge (2016)
Tom Sands 00 - koa (2016)

Past:
Sobell Model 0 & 1
Bourgeois OM Custom
Beneteau Concert Standard
Forster Model S
Martin D18vs, 000-18 (1955) & 00-18 (1969)
Avalon A32 & A38s
Taylor 510 Ltd & 910
Yamaha LL16


YouTube
Reply With Quote
  #21  
Old 07-31-2018, 11:26 PM
Larry Pattis's Avatar
Larry Pattis Larry Pattis is offline
Guitarist - Humanist
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Oregon
Posts: 11,763
Default

Tom & Will, two top-shelf guys.

Excellent.
Reply With Quote
  #22  
Old 08-01-2018, 03:52 AM
Will McNicol Will McNicol is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Posts: 30
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by TomB'sox View Post
Wow, fantastic, what a design and collaboration! Please let me add another to your long list of fans. Your music is inspiring.
Ah thanks there Tom for the kind words - much appreciated. And yes this collaboration with Tom is one for which I feel very fortunate indeed!
Reply With Quote
  #23  
Old 08-01-2018, 03:54 AM
Will McNicol Will McNicol is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Posts: 30
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by DamianL View Post
As a signature model will this be available as an option to order from Tom, or is it more the ‘one off’ ?
Hi Damian, yes the plan is to have this signature model available for others as well =)
Reply With Quote
  #24  
Old 08-01-2018, 03:56 AM
Will McNicol Will McNicol is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Posts: 30
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Adamski View Post
Hi Will

As SteveH said, it was lovely to meet you the other day and I'm so thrilled that you have fallen in love with Tom's work (as I and so many other's have). Hearing you play my Sands guitars showed exactly what they are capable of and having him build something which is precisely what you want/need should be even more impressive.

All of us can't wait to hear the results...as I'm sure you can't either!

Keep well and see you again soon I hope.

Adam
Hi Adam, thanks for the comment and yes so great to finally meet you as well. I think it's wonderful that you were one of the first to support Tom's work and see how bloody good it is! And that Koa one of yours will always tug at my heart every time I play it!

Yes - excited is an understatement it has to be said!

Hope to see you again soon, keep in touch and all the best.

Will
Reply With Quote
  #25  
Old 08-01-2018, 03:57 AM
Will McNicol Will McNicol is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Posts: 30
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Larry Pattis View Post
Tom & Will, two top-shelf guys.

Excellent.
Thoroughly appreciate that, Larry - particularly coming from yourself. Thank you. Hope we get the opportunity to meet and play together sometime along the road.
Reply With Quote
  #26  
Old 08-02-2018, 03:24 AM
Michael Watts's Avatar
Michael Watts Michael Watts is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: London UK
Posts: 2,593
Default

Lovely looking rosette Will and fascinating to see the design process behind it.
__________________
iTunes
Spotify
www.michaelwattsguitar.com
YouTube
Instagram
Twitter

Guitars by Jason Kostal, Strings by Elixir, Gefell Mics and a nail buffer.
Reply With Quote
  #27  
Old 08-02-2018, 06:27 AM
Deft Tungsman Deft Tungsman is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Paris, France
Posts: 335
Default

Congratulations to both Tom and you, Will. I will be following this thread eagerly as well. Lovely choice of woods you've got there, by the way!

I played and, even more importantly, heard YOU play the Model S Tom had in Berlin, and it was absolutely brilliant! It's great that you two gentlemen have joined forces and embarked on this project.
__________________
The Cast
Aloha Koa
2010 Baranik Retreux Parlor, Carpathian Spruce/Koa
Che Guerilla
2012 Baranik 00m, Carpathian Spruce/Higuerilla
Tuxedo Bolo Blue
2011 Baranik Meridian, Colorado Blue Spruce/Black Cocobolo
Stealth Bomb
2015 Blackbird Rider Steel, 100% carbon fiber
Reply With Quote
  #28  
Old 08-04-2018, 05:06 PM
Will McNicol Will McNicol is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Posts: 30
Default

Thanks kindly there Michael, it was such fun for me to jump into the design process for this one.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Michael Watts View Post
Lovely looking rosette Will and fascinating to see the design process behind it.
Reply With Quote
  #29  
Old 08-04-2018, 05:08 PM
Will McNicol Will McNicol is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Posts: 30
Default

Ah that's lovely of you to say, thank you. I'm also so pleased to hear you enjoyed what I did in Berlin =) That experience was what cemented in my mind that the Model S was the one for me. Looking forward to sharing the development more over the coming months!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Deft Tungsman View Post
Congratulations to both Tom and you, Will. I will be following this thread eagerly as well. Lovely choice of woods you've got there, by the way!

I played and, even more importantly, heard YOU play the Model S Tom had in Berlin, and it was absolutely brilliant! It's great that you two gentlemen have joined forces and embarked on this project.
Reply With Quote
  #30  
Old 09-29-2018, 03:12 AM
nobo nobo is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: London, UK
Posts: 499
Default

Hi Will,

Welcome to AGF - great to see you, and your signature model coming to life, on here!

What a treat to see one of my favourite players and composers collaborating with one of my favourite builders.

Looking forward to following the thread. (Though I must admit I've been following it for a while now on Tom's instagram...) Which reminds me - we're batch buddies, so I'd better get started on my own TS build thread!

Best,

Dan B
__________________
Wingert Model E German/Braz
Sands Coming in 2019 & 2020
Montgomery fan fret parlour Euro/ebony
McIlroy A25c custom Cedar/Kew black walnut
Lowden O35cx cedar/EIR, New Lady, Baritone, O12 and O12-12
Larrivee LV-09 and L-05MT
Kostal MDC German/Claro and OM Euro/Madrose
https://www.facebook.com/danburneguitar
Reply With Quote
Reply

  The Acoustic Guitar Forum > General Acoustic Guitar and Amplification Discussion > Custom Shop

Thread Tools



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:13 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, The Acoustic Guitar Forum
vB Ad Management by =RedTyger=