I was in the middle of the SRF builds when a thought came to me… “I should make a Guitar that was specifically for todays Modern Players”… It would be specifically geared to handle the Blazing Guitar Licks and High Powered Output. Not to forget styling that breaks with the traditional past.. I came up with the VMP! With it’s totally Unique, Aggressive Styling, Electronics and a Monster Neck. The VMP is set up to handle anything and everything asked of it!!! This New Styling and New Mind Set was actually liberating and allowed me to make bold design choices that I would be less likely to do within the SRF and JZM Model Formats… I retained the Swooped “F” Hole and chambered body to lessen the weight and extended the Lower Front Neck Scoop to allow more access to the upper range of the neck. The Neck is a Magnificent Musikraft Maple Neck with a Dark Rosewood Fingerboard and a Beak Headstock. The neck sports a Medium C Profile and it has a Synthetic Bone Nut. This guy really can Thump on the low end!!!
In this VMP sports either Lindy Fralin, Gibson Mini-Humbucxkers and or Duncan P-Rails or any configuration of these and the Poplar Body ABSOLUTELY makes a difference and really releases all of the inherent potential these pickups have. This BEAST really can thump on the low!!!!
The Bridge is an upgraded Wilkenson Stratocaster with Synchronized Tremolo model and the Machine Heads are a Fine Modern 6 in-line set from Kluson.. The Hardware is all Chrome and the Custom Pick Guard is White Pearloid.
Having access to a CNC machine was a great advantage as it allowed me to try out various sizes and shapes until I got the body Perfect!!! This Guitar is very well Balanced without all the weight.. The Back edge has a Radius for Comfort and sports a Fantastic Blue Black Metallic Finish.. This is a Custom Classic Tone Guitar Finish… It is essentially a Black Guitar, but if you change the angle or let the light Reflect off it correctly… a Blue to Black Color Burst Appears… This is difficult to photograph and I am not in any way a Photographer, but look at the attached photographs and I think you will get the idea… To drive the point home I offset the Blue Black with a Mock Bound Body and Pearl Accents.
EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS GUITAR POINTS AT EXCELLENCE AND PLAYABILITY… THIS IS A WONDERFUL INSTRUMENT !!!
Until Next Time.