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    Default Your favourite manufacturer offers you a signature model

    What specs do you give it?

    Me? Oval hole f-style with Gibson headstock. Grover tuners. Bone nut. Slightly wider neck. Ebony finger boards. Tobacco burst. Rosewood bridge - with the meatball strip in its base.

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    A 3 point Gibson F-4 with spruce top and figured walnut back and sides, natural finish.

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    Not quite a signature model, but when Rigel offered to make me a custom model using one of eight CT110 birds-eye maple bodies that they'd made and set aside, I went with midnight blue with ebony tuners, and a my-design 24-fret no-Florida neck. I don't have any pics of the finished instrument, but I do have the pic of the neck-in-progress that I was sent. Lots of mother-of-pearl (and ebony), lining up with the ebony-and-ivory of a piano keyboard.

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    Large body bowlback, radiused classical length fingerboard with extension, simple but elegant decoration.

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    It's basically a Gibson F5 Master Model with a radiused board, an aged abalone fern, waverly gold and black tuners, and a gold James tailpiece.

    Adi top, quilted maple back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Lewis View Post
    What specs do you give it?

    Me? Oval hole f-style with Gibson headstock. Grover tuners. Bone nut. Slightly wider neck. Ebony finger boards. Tobacco burst. Rosewood bridge - with the meatball strip in its base.

    Your turn.
    Pardon my ignorance but what is a meatball strip? I am unfamiliar with that technical term.
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    Pardon my ignorance but what is a meatball strip? I am unfamiliar with that technical term.
    I get them when I go to subway or firehouse.
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    Mahogany flat top double neck mandolin/guitar. Plain jane.
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    No thanks, I already have my signature model

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    Pardon my ignorance but what is a meatball strip? I am unfamiliar with that technical term.
    It’s autocorrect for metal. Grrrr. Stupid autocorrect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lenf12 View Post
    No thanks, I already have my signature model

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    Me too. The challenge would be to have anyone try to recreate it.
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    Rosewood bridge - with the meatball strip in its base.
    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    Pardon my ignorance but what is a meatball strip? I am unfamiliar with that technical term.
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    It’s autocorrect for metal. Grrrr. Stupid autocorrect.
    Be careful, David. Just imagine you writing to the luthier who will make your signature model and you may end up with a "meatball strip". Sounds delicious!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    Be careful, David. Just imagine you writing to the luthier who will make your signature model and you may end up with a "meatball strip". Sounds delicious!
    This here gent wants one meatball.

    Lots of great versions of this chestnut.

    Here's Ry Cooder's.

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    Oooh... here's Josh White's delivery.


    JW crushes it.

    Great thread idea, David. You've got me thinking about "The Mick". I'll get back.
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    I might want a manouche style body, petite bouche sound hole on a carved top and back instrument.
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    I have a Garber Special made for me many years ago: https://www.gbase.com/gear/vega-garber-special-1916

    it just needs the addition of a meatball strip.
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    Default Re: Your favourite manufacturer offers you a signature model

    - Two point body (circa: late 50's Gibson A-5)
    - Black
    - oval hole
    - Binding on body, neck, headstock and pickguard
    - Gold tuners with ivory tuning pegs
    - F-style headstock
    - Gold Hardware
    - Name on truss rod cover

    . . . not that I have given it that much thought . . .

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    GREAT QUESTION!

    My oval A covers most of my waterfront. So this'll have to be something highly different.

    So I'm thinking, a Harmony-style batwing resonator with:

    - spalted maple top.
    - one-piece carved walnut back and sides.
    - tenth-fret neck join.
    - transparent sunburst finish.
    - bone nut (standard width).
    - rosewood fretboard (no binding, radius, or florida).
    - ivoroid and brass Rubner tuners.
    - National Hot Plate two-knob single-pickup resonator with brass tailpiece.
    - rosewood neck-heel strap button.
    - abalone crescent moon inlay on a black headstock.
    - Keep on pluckin'! inlay on the fretboard.
    - zircon side-of-neck fret markers.
    - alternating black/white Mexican bajo sexto-style top binding.
    - meatball strip.
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    I'm thinking that having a "signature model" would seriously diminish being able to get away with muttering something about the danged instrument every time I screw up, so I'm going to stick with what I can already safely mangle...
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Lewis View Post
    It’s autocorrect for metal. Grrrr. Stupid autocorrect.
    Haha!

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    I realize that this is just an exercise in listing one's preferences and dreams for an individual instrument, but the title of the thread says manufacturer and signature model.

    If a manufacturer is going to do something like this, it is not easy to make something much different from their normal line. Different body shapes, different peghead shapes, heck just about any structural differences can't be too extreme if the manufacturer is to be able to make the instrument without undue expense in time or money. Also, if it is to be a model it needs to be something that the manufacturer can sell to others in order to make money.

    Most of the responses here are more like answers to the question: "You go to a custom builder to make you a custom instrument. What specs do you give it?"

    Carry on... not trying to spoil anyone's fun...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunburst View Post
    I realize that this is just an exercise in listing one's preferences and dreams for an individual instrument, but the title of the thread says manufacturer and signature model. . . .
    Yes, I thought about that. Lots of signature instruments have a "signature" inlaid, say, on the fretboard. I don't want that. On a guitar, the headstock plate is a option, but mandos don't have headstock plates. And there's no room on the neck after inlaying "Keep on pluckin'!"

    Since mine is a reso, it could be engraved on the resonator cover. I don't think that's the most becoming spot for it, though.

    I guess if I have to have my signature somewhere, what's good enough for Les Paul is good enough vor me: make part of the headstock design, along with crescent moon inlay.

    It should say Yazoo Chaz.
    Quote Originally Posted by sunburst View Post
    . . . If a manufacturer is going to do something like this, it is not easy to make something much different from their normal line. Different body shapes, different peghead shapes, heck just about any structural differences can't be too extreme if the manufacturer is to be able to make the instrument without undue expense in time or money. Also, if it is to be a model it needs to be something that the manufacturer can sell to others in order to make money. . . .
    Hey, no fair! I'm calling foul. You can't throw in new rules just because, in someone's judgement, some of our designs are outlandish.

    This is my signature mando, dern it! An expression of my soul, the essence of my being, the North Star of my artistic odyssey, the hearthstone of my soul. If I can't have it my way, I don't want it!

    Plus, it's such a cool design, it'll sell like greased hotcakes.
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    I own #2 of the three Mike Marshall Signature Series 5-string electrics that John Knutson made – I think it's safe to assume that it was pretty much a custom-from-the-gitgo project.

    (On the other hand, ya, it's an admittedly short series!)

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