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Custom Acoustics by Valerie Bolitho


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I have two by Val Bolitho.

 

Actually, my wife owns one, and the other's mine.

 

My wife's L-200 Custom:

 

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Val and Ren pick woods for the L-200:

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And my SJ-QM Custom:

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Val's an artiste in the building of guitars!

 

Fred

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I have two by Val Bolitho.

 

Actually, my wife owns one, and the other's mine.

 

My wife's L-200 Custom:

 

IMGP3939.jpg

 

IMGP3953.jpg

 

IMGP3992.jpg

 

Val and Ren pick woods for the L-200:

IMGP4566.jpg

 

wow :o both are unique and the looks are killer :) thanks for showing them

 

And my SJ-QM Custom:

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IMGP1982.jpg

 

Val's an artiste in the building of guitars!

 

Fred

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Unbelievable! Those are two breathtaking pieces of the Luthier's art....Just too much for words.

 

They are great examples of 'the luthier's art': guitars that look killer and sound even better. There's a good reason Val's a Custom Shop builder!!

 

Fred

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those are really beautiful!

how do you go about determining who built your Gibson CS Guitar?

 

i've got an SJ-200 from the custom shop that is pretty fantastic in every way and i'm curious about it!

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For me, a big highlight of last years tour of the factory was the presentation made by Val in the custom shop. She's very creative and showed us some of what she was doing with computer aided design. As we walked in she was setting up the spot for a bridge, cutting a line through the nitro finish around the area where the bridge would go and then peeling up the finish like pulling the protective cellophane off a pick-guard! I never realized how soft the nitro is until it cures for a while.

 

If I am not mistaken, the custom shop is basically just Val, Ren and Jason, and they work out the specs with customers, arrange for wood selection and so on, then shepherd the guitar thru the production line, yanking it out at points to do custom work.

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