The Bluesbox Collection
This is a semi-solid takeoff on the late 70's Ibanez Artist model. I first saw this model guitar during a business trip to Phoenix (in the same store where I bought the Univox Coily that is shown elsewhere in this collection). I played one just like this and fell in love. At the time I couldn't afford it (even though it was amazingly inexpensive for what it is), and I wanted the Univox. After I returned to the Bay Area, I looked up Jay Turser on the internet and made inquiries about where one could be purchased locally. I found this one in a shop in South San Francisco. The style is similar to a double cutaway Les Paul (although the lower bout is a little wider). The top is solid flamed maple. The body is semi-solid (there is a tone bar about 6 inches wide running through the body cavity, so the area under the f holes is hollow, but the rest is solid). The guitar features gold hardware, including the pickup covers, saddle, tuners and Tune-O-Matic bridge. The body, neck and sound holes are fully bound and there is a "Vine" pattern inlay on the fingerboard and a "Torch" design inlay on the headstock. The headstock itself has a very distinctive shape and is also fully bound. The fingerboard inlay is quite striking, although a close look reveals that the fingerboard is roughly channeled, the inlay is laid in place, and then the area is "caulked" with some kind of wood putty filler. The back is a single piece of solid maple - not flamed, but who sees the back? The sound is very versatile, from warm jazz tones to screaming blues - this guitar can handle it all. The guitar is beautiful, the finish flawless.