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This guitar was made by Rick Toone, a luthier obsessed with ergonomics in guitars; this is evident by the radically awesome body sytle.


Here is a boy shot showing off the H-S-S pickups, tremolo unit, and knobs. :yesway: Darren's Javelin body shape looks like a cousin of this guitar!


Huge backplate! Also, you can see the ergonomic shape some more.


Close-up of the H-S-S set up. Looks like Dimarzio's single coils maybe?

Here is a close-up of the neck joint. So sexy.

This guitar resides now with a man named Goran, who lives in Sweden. I can say I'm extremely jealous of him! It was built in 1993 was Toone's personal instrument, but I guess that Goran convinced him that he was the better owner, or just wagged enough money under his nose. I don't know. To top it all off, here is a video Goran made to an instrumental version of "Fire"(which is pretty awesome,with some soulful leads), written by Mr. Toone and performed/recorded with the Starfish:

Jealous, yes. This only makes me love walnut as a body wood even more!
 

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I've admired that guitar for a while now, but never seen the video. Thanks for finding that! I will say I'm not super pumped how far out the knobs are hanging, though. Also, if you like this sort of shape/style and walnut, check out Michael Spalt's Hybrid guitars:
apex guitars - Spalt Instruments
 

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I've admired that guitar for a while now, but never seen the video. Thanks for finding that! I will say I'm not super pumped how far out the knobs are hanging, though. Also, if you like this sort of shape/style and walnut, check out Michael Spalt's Hybrid guitars:
apex guitars - Spalt Instruments
I see what you mean, but I like it a lot! I only wish it was a fixed bridge. Oh well, it doesn't matter! Also, I LOVE the Apex Q601 Walnut guitar.
 

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When I read Starfish guitar I was kinda scared to see what it was, but that thing looks pretty damn awesome.
 

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I would love one. Really though, who asks a luthier, "I want a guitar exactly like that other one you made."
 

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The only thing i don't like is that even with that huge cavity cover on the back, he still mounted the controls on a plate that's screwed to the face of the guitar. It would have looked so much cleaner with rear-mounted controls, in my opinion.
 

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The only thing i don't like is that even with that huge cavity cover on the back, he still mounted the controls on a plate that's screwed to the face of the guitar. It would have looked so much cleaner with rear-mounted controls, in my opinion.
This. :yesway:
 

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I would never want to play anything with rear mounted controls.

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I think darren meant Rear mounted (as in through the body) like on an RG570, vs front mounted (as in on a pickguard) such as on an RG550.
 

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And for a guy obsessed with ergonomics, dont you think he would have thought to recess the covers? :spock:



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And for a guy obsessed with ergonomics, dont you think he would have thought to recess the covers? :spock:

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Well he did built the guitar in 93', which was only a decade(?) into him being a luthier. I'm sure he probably would now. :yesway: Also, I cannot stop drooling over the Apex guitars! They are so sexy. :metal:
 
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