So, years ago, I stumbled across Chris Forshage's work on the "Building the Ergonomic Guitar" blog. I really dug the shape, and wanted one.
When I got my first-ever holiday bonus, I wanted to do something special with it. I had been following Forshage's work for a while, and decided to contact him about an order.
Eighteen months later, this showed up in a surprisingly small box:
-Hollow Mahogany body
-Flame Maple cap
-Set flame maple neck with flame maple board and "accent line" binding
-Jumbo stainless frets
-Satin nitro finish
-ABM headless system
-Bareknuckle Mississippi Queen neck and VHII bridge
-Volume/Tone/Bass Roll-off controls
-Coil tap for bridge pickup
-Flame maple knobs (for extra tone!)
-Custom-fit little gigbag that resembles a tennis racket case
The attention to detail is excellent. Everything is cleanly cut, masked, and dealt with. Fretwork is great. Finish work is great.
Really, though, it sounds *awesome.* With the two very different pickups and bass roll-off knob, I get a huge range of sounds, from almost Stratty cluck to huge fat Leslie West roar to single-pickup '80s rock. It's got a fast but slightly rounder attack than you get with a solidbody, and getting controllable feedback is super easy and a shitload of fun.
Also, it plays great. Spent four and a half hours jamming yesterday and no arm/hand fatigue. The lack of a forearm contour takes some getting used to, but it feels great standing and (especially) seated and weighs very little.
The shape isn't for everyone, but i dig it. Looking forward to getting some real playing time on this one.