A couple of months ago I featured the super cool Dagmar Custom Guitars who make some of the most unique guitars I’ve ever seen. Last time I featured “Eve” a curvy Jazz guitar, this time I wanted to feature Gretchen, Pete Swanson’s latest creation, and this time an electric guitar complete with Bigsby trem and dual humbuckers. Check out the photo of the back of the guitar below! Stunning.
Her top is Genuine Mahogany that is left thick down the middle and is carved to the sides. Her back is quarter sawn Claro Flamed Walnut and her sides are a checkerboard of Cooked Flame Maple and uncooked Flame Maple. Gretchy’s neck is cooked flame maple with laminations of carbon fiber. All the trim is ebony. She has locking Schaller tuners and a slippery graphtech nut which are perfect partners with the Bigsby. She’s kind of a semi hollow body but her back plate is not connected to her top plate – instead its allowed to vibrate freely. The pickups are TV Jones filtertrons and I found vintage bakelite chicken head knobs on ebay for her volume controls. – Peter Swanson – Dagmar Custom Guitars
The guitar was built using a grant from Ontario Arts Council.
UPDATE: Check out Gretchen in action played by Phil X