Guitars Of The Week:
The Week of April, 15 2002 through April, 22 2002


The Classic
Alder
Ice Blue

“Everywhere is gold” is an old saying. It means that there is always good around us and even when things seem dark, out of adversity comes greatness. This was the case with the creation of the color Ice Blue Metallic. It was certainly no laughing matter being taken prisoner by Icelandic Ice Princesses—no matter how beautiful they were.

But Ice Blue Metallic is a derivative of an original color created many years earlier, Ice Blue. The way Tom always tells it: Eric the Red, a Norse chieftain, left Norway with his exiled father and settled in Iceland. Eric couldn’t quite behave himself though and was banished from Iceland for three years. But as we said earlier, out of adversity… Consequently, he discovered Greenland—the largest island in the world. Interestingly, Greenland is a much colder place than Iceland so he and his Vikings spent those three years exploring the south and west coastal areas and practicing music at night.

Upon his return to Iceland Eric, always the scalawag, told everyone that he had discovered a new land called Greenland. He purposely contrived an attractive name to encourage colonization. Once he had successfully established a thriving community, “Eric and the Vikings” begin playing concerts every Saturday night. Word spread fast and people came from all around to hear the band.

Legend has it that Eric wielded a magnificent axe, possessing tone and beauty never seen before. From an influential periodical of the day, “Nordic Guitar Slayer,” an article appeared entitled, “Thunderbolts of the Gods,” in which Eric states, “Tom has always been my favorite luthier. I wouldn’t step foot on stage without one of his guitars in my hands. I favor The Classic but I wanted it painted a very special shade to honor my beloved new home—something that reminded me of the climate and the polar bears, musk ox, polar wolves, lemmings, Arctic hares, and reindeer. Tom came up with this amazing color we called Ice Blue. It was perfect!” He continued, “I opted for the brawny 1 11/16th nut-width, 62 Roundback neck so my rather husky Norwegian hands have something to grapple with. But even though it is a substantial neck, it still plays with flowing ease. Tom suggested an alder body and maple/rosewood neck combination to breathe life and supremacy into the staggered magnet single coils that will one day be hailed for their signature sound. The bridge pickup is particularly remarkable. It is a VA12. It is located at the bridge position and offers up output to match the other two coils when collaborating but when asked to stand alone it speaks with a larger, fuller, musically balanced voice. The entire instrument is lightweight and feels very comfortable to hold—even against my iron breastplate. That is something I really appreciate when we are 14 songs deep into the set. My Odin this is a great guitar!”

This guitar pictured is absolutely identical to the Ice Blue Classic made famous all those years ago by the accent Viking. It was ordered by Mark in Seattle who claims that he lives far enough north to be direct descendant of Eric the Red!

Den basta trabiten i hela varlden!!

GUITAR SPECIFICATIONS:

 MODEL: – The Classic

 FINISH: – Ice Blue

 BODY WOOD: – Alder

 BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – same

 NECK WOOD: – Maple with Madagascar Rosewood Fingerboard

 HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Vintage Tint

 NECK BACK FINISH: – Vintage Tinted Satin

 NECK BACKSHAPE: – 62 Roundback

 NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16ths

 SCALE LENGTH: – 25 1/2-inch

 FRETS: – Heavy

 BRIDGE: – Vintage Tremolo with Piezo Saddles for Acoustic Guitar Sounds

 TUNING GEAR: – Locking

 HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome

 PICKGUARD: – Mint

 NECK PICKUP: – VA1

 MIDDLE PICKUP: – VA1R

 BRIDGE PICKUP: – VA12

 SWITCHING: – 5-Way with Add-Bridge Push/Pull

 PICKUP COVERS: – Coffee

 PICKUP RINGS: – n/a

 STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .009-.042

 DESTINATION/LOCATION: –Wildwood Music/Louisville, Colorado

 03-22-02N




The Classic
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Ice Blue






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