PHOTO: Bob Gore Special custom signature Bludotone amplifier, hand built in Littleton, Colorado, USA. (photo: Bob Gore)
2015 is proving an astonishing year. Meaning...I'm astonished, for many reasons. Some of them yet to be revealed.
One of my most favorite astonishments has been the performance quality of the guitars I've been building this year. Focus is currently on extending the acoustic responsiveness of every instrument, and I think the results have been significant...measurable scientifically as well as subjectively. You will see additional new explorations on pending builds.
It absolutely helps me when I can get detailed thoughts and impressions from clients once they've taken delivery of a new instrument. First impressions are useful, as well as considered impressions after having played for some time.
Bob Gore is known as the "German Speed Metal God" for self-explanatory reasons. However there are two other aspects of his playing that are equally significant: first, his jazz chordal work. Second, he is a trusted test pilot for Ulrich Teuffel of Teuffel Guitars, often performing on those instruments at trade shows and in recording studios throughout the world. As you can imagine I listen closely to what Bob has to say...
Sorry that it has taken so long, but I wanted to play the Modern Archtop through all my amps including the latest addition which is the Bob Gore Special model made by Bludotone. (I will send you a picture).
I have an eclectic amp collection...Polytone MiniBrute II, Clark Custom made tweed 1x12 combo, a custom featured Fargen Blackbird v.2, Jim Kelley SCR, a Mesa Boogie King Snake, two custom made Bludotone Bludo Drives and two Bob Gore Special Bludotone amps. I also have a collection of Pearce amps. Let's not forget the Axe Fx II which I have yet to master.
I wanted to play the guitar through all the amps to get an idea of its versatility. It is amazing. It keeps its character with each amp.
The balance of the tone is exceptional and I can play jazz chord solos as well as signature "Speed Metal God" pieces on this instrument.
Another amazing thing was how easy it is to switch between the TigerShark 8 and the Modern Archtop. It is a true attestation of exceptional lutherie that the guitar necks feel consistent between the two guitars. It is no simple feat to do this, since we are talking about an 8-string neck and a 6-string neck.
I would like for you to make another of these in maple when you can to use on pieces I usually play on my old Telecaster.
I also want to tell you how pedal friendly the guitar is...usually we think of amps in this way but some guitars react differently to pedals than others.
Speaker-wise, in my cabinets, I have EVM 12Ls I use with the Bludo Drives and the Kelley SCR, old Celestion Vintage 30s I use with the Fargen, old EVM 12 S speakers with the Bob Gore Specials. The MiniBrute has the original speaker and the Boogie has the one it comes with also. The Clark combo has a custom tweaked Weber speaker.
All of the amps and speakers sound great with the Modern Archtop.
My most sincere thanks for giving me the opportunity to expand my sonic palette and create pieces that before now I was not able to play.
PS: Let everyone know I will be in Berlin at the Holy Grail Guitar Show, October 30 through November 1st. I won't have my Modern Archtop or the Tiger Shark with me, but I would love to meet others who appreciate them!
I forgot to add the Port City Pearl amp to the list. I use this with the Axe Fx II. I have a ported Port City 2 x12 cab that has two Warehouse Speakers in it.
Thank you for your patience and kind support. All the best!!