PHOTO: Powermad guitarist Todd Haug with his Spearfish™ in Copenhagen, Denmark. Flame maple top & chambered swamp ash with satin black finish. Carbon fiber pickguard. Photo: Linda Haug
Sometimes time is fluid.
If you're lucky.
Todd flew home from Philly to Minnesota saturday evening. Surly Brewing Co. is returning to Philadelphia and Todd is Director of Brewing Operations — he goes where the beer flows. And monday evening that would be Denmark, for the 5th Annual Copenhagen Beer Celebration.
He would also be performing there, with Dan Lilker of Anthrax, SOD, Brutal Truth, etc.
Sunday is a good day for rest, and packing for a next week of international travel. Except we were both out of hours. The final few drops, after a week of intensely long hours. The guitar was nearly almost...but he was in Minnesota and I was in Texas. We decided to make it happen despite.
Todd caught a quick flight south, as I did set-up and adjustments then drove to DFW through the thunderstorm. We arrived nearly the same time at his airport hotel room, sunday night. Ultramodern design and a glass window wall looked out across the lights of the airport, backdrop for his laptop and AxeFX II on the desk. We each brought a set of headphones. He held Spearfish™, asking questions as we went over the details.
I got home to sleep at 3 am. His flight was 6 am.
TODD (monday morning via txt): Ummm yeah this guitar is f'n unreal! I gotta go pack for EU but I can't put it down. The clarity! I can finally play dense chords with lots of gain and instead of mud I can hear each note!
I tuned down to C and dialed in a stoner doom rhythm sound that is amaze-balls! Can't wait to record and send it to you. This guitar is inspiring writing and shredding! Thank you.
This guitar and the AxeFXII... It's unfair... I feel like I'm cheating!
TODD (wednesday-saturday via txt): Chilly outdoor acoustic rehearsal.
RICK: What are your impressions playing an aluminum neck outside in cold weather?
TODD: I guess I didn't notice.
RICK: Awesome. Two aluminum neck myths dispelled...tuning stability and cold conditions playing comfort.
TODD: Played and sounded awesome! So stoked! It fits like a glove too...