It is nice to be aware of the little things because little things can make a big difference. In fact they can change the world. Just a dollar donated for food, eye contact and a smile offered to a stranger, a compliment for a job well done, encouragement for a situation that could have gone better, directions when you’re lost, holding the door for someone, loaning something needed to someone who will use it well, a hug, humor at just the right moment, a few well chosen words of wisdom, understanding human frailty, patience and…re-dipping pickup covers.
Re-dipping pickup covers? Yea, that’s right, the secret is out. Bruce can be a double dipper. It was a glorious day and it went like this: Bruce was putting the finishing touches on a Black, Classic with our new Aged White pickguard for the Mesa/Boogie Factory Store in Hollywood. The body of the guitar is a lightweight, resonant piece of alder—the kind of wood which delivers that elusive, fat-vintage tone. Coupled to a maple neck with an Indian rosewood fingerboard by a perfect neck-to-body joint, the lower midrange of this instrument literally rumbles. The upper-midrange makes musical intentions clear while the high-end whispers with a gentle sparkle.
The girth of the T/A +.050 neck is perfect for those players who like a medium-depth neck backshape. It provides something fairly substantial to hold on to while not inhibiting ease of expression or speed. And what do you imagine the sweet sounding Anderson VA, staggered-magnet pole-piece, vintage single coil, pickups are thinking when they hear the complexity and fullness of tone they have the privilege of working with? They have to be thrilled. But thanks to Bruce they are even more thrilled now, if that is possible.
We were all enthused with the traditional look of this guitar and the way the Aged White pickguard and Coffee Dipped pickup covers contributed to the overall vibe. But Bruce, being Bruce, took matters a step further. He just felt that whoever was to own this guitar would appreciate the added contrast that slightly more aging of the VA covers would bring to the face of the guitar. When Bruce returned from the pickup room with the “Dark Coffee” covers and installed them on the guitar, we all went crazy. We thought it was beautiful! We immediately dubbed it Guitar of the Week, conducted the traditional Guitar of the Week rite-of-passage ceremony and taught it to play many songs before its journey to Hollywood.
You see it is the little things that make a difference.
Hey Tommy from Music Arts Enterprises in Fort Lauderdale, Florida—thanks for the box of Hershey Bars. You see it is the little things that make a difference.
To view the original look of Aged White with regular Coffee Dipped pickup covers, click here and scroll down to the Shoreline Gold Classic.
MODEL: – The Classic
FINISH: – Black
BODY WOOD: – Alder
BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – same
NECK WOOD: – Maple with Indian Rosewood
HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Natural
NECK BACK FINISH: – Satin
NECK BACKSHAPE: – T/A +.050
NUT WIDTH: – 1 5/8th-inch
SCALE LENGTH: – 25 1/2-inch
FRETS: – Heavy
BRIDGE: – Vintage Tremolo
HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome
PICKGUARD: – Aged White
NECK PICKUP: – VA1
MIDDLE PICKUP: – VA1R
BRIDGE PICKUP: – VA2
SWITCHING: – 5-Way with Add-Bridge Switch for 7 sounds
PICKUP COVERS: – Dark Coffee
PICKUP RINGS: – n/a
STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .010-.046
DESTINATION/LOCATION: – Mesa/Boogie Factory Store/Hollywood, California