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Studio Guitars

The Studio Guitar Locker


The Cave’s Studio guitar locker is NOT a guitar collection. I do not collect guitars!

Each instrument has a defined role based on how it inspires me when I hold it, play it, see it in my hands, and how my fingers feel on the fretboard.

I compose Musical Portraits in six genres, each one inspired with one or more of these guitars.

When a guitar no longer inspires me, I pass it on to the next musician for their musical expressions to be extracted from the instrument.

Within the Studio Guitar selection you can view guitars by different criteria: Body Type, Genres, Manufactures, and how they currently “Rank” in my creative space.

It is interesting to see how these guitar move in and out of favor over time.


Guitar Top Six Descriptions:

- 2014 Gibson es Les Paul | Peregrine:
A blending of the ES-335 Semi-hollow body and the classic '59 Les Paul

- 2016 PRS McCarty 594 Single Cut 10 Top | The Black Hawk:
A ’59 Gibson Les Paul inspired single cut design by the original Les Paul architect for all things Les Paul

- 2020 Fender American Professional II Tele | The Blue Jay:
A modern take on the classic Fender Telecaster with a maple neck swapped from the 2nd Fender American Professional II Tele

- 2020 PRS John Mayer Silver Sky | The Rose Bird:
A modern take on the rare ’63 Stratocaster. A PRS signature guitar for all things Stratocaster

- 2020 Fender American Professional II Strat | The Blue Bunting:
Classic Stratocaster features in a modern Stratocaster design

- 2002 D’Angelico New Yorker NYL-4 | The Golden Eagle:
The D’Angelico’55 New Yorker. A signed, hand carved, masterpiece from the master Japanese luthier's version of the iconic Gibson Super 400 style 18” big body Jazz guitar


Guitar Next Six Descriptions:

- 2020 Taylor 814ce LTD Cocobolo | The Cocobolo Bird:
A top-of-the-line exotic Cocobolo back & sides limited production guitar. The primary composition guitar for fine tuning musical ideas.

- 2022 Fender American Professional II Tele | The Bluethroat:
A 2nd modern take on the classic Fender Telecaster with a rosewood neck swapped from the 1st Fender American Professional II Tele

- 2017 PRS 509 Specialty Core 10 Top | The Tiger Heron:
A unique five pickup guitar with a unique switching design for nine balanced single pickup & humbucking tones. It primarily serves as a PRS Core Strat clone

- 2018 PRS S2 Custom 24 | The Bluebird:
A 24 fret, fast PRS fingerboard with an upgraded '91 Artist pickup set. Custom wiring provides 18 different tones with switchable four tone caps and split and phase 5-way "Super Switch" selections.

- 2014 PRS S2 Mira Semi-hollow | The Red Hawk:
A rare find. One of those magical guitars that seem to transcend it assigned position in the guitar universe. With the pickup replacements with Mojo Tone ’59 clones this Mira plays and sounds as good as either of the two PRS Core guitars

- 2021 Fender American Professional II Tele Deluxe | Blue Waxbill:
A modern take on the classic Fender Telecaster Deluxe with upgraded electronics and feel


Guitar Final Six Descriptions:

- 2021 Fender American Professional II Jazzmaster | Blue Baller:
Classic Jazzmaster feel with modern Jazzmaster features supporting a newly designed tremolo system.

- 2018 D’Angelico Premier DC | The Raven:
A Gibson 335 inspired semi-hollow body blues guitar. Upgraded with two top of the line modern, humbucking styled, P-90 pickups: a Kent Armstrong coil tapped P-90 neck pickup and a Hot Mojotone P-90 bridge pickup

- 2014 Seagull Entourage Rustic CW QI | The Songbird:
A dreadnought body size primarily for blending acoustic tracks with the Taylor 814ce. It is setup for “Nashville Tuning” for mandolin blending tones with the Taylor 814ce

- 2022 Fender American Professional II Jazz Fretless Bass | Eastern Bluebird Bass:
A 4 String Bass Guitar with a modern take on the classic Fender Jazz Bass with fretless fingerboard markers.

- 2021 Fender American Professional II Precision Bass V | Mountain Bluebird Bass:
A 5 String Bass Guitar with a modern take on the classic Fender P-Bass with all the charm of the 1951 bass guitar with a fast maple fingerboard

2017 Ibanez BTB745 - 5 String Bass Guitar | The Brown Thrasher:
A full 35" long scale, five string bass with an active Bartolini EQ pickup system

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