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    Les Paul Forum Member Elliot Easton's Avatar
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    And Now For Something Completely Different...

    This guitar is a collaboration between Robert Kantor,
    http://www.kantorguitars.com/
    and my friend, artist, Disney animator and muscian Chris Reccardi.
    www.reccardi.com

    I've been a fan of Chris' artwork for a while now. I collect it and we've become friends. So, when Robert Kantor made the unbelievable off to do his thing on one of my guitars, I couldn't really refuse! As you'll see, Robert's art involves inlaying thousands of Swarovsky crystals to create an artistic effect. Maybe some of you saw his work in the recent issue of "Guitar Aficionado". You've gotta check out both of these guys' websites, I think Chris is the business. His stuff is futuristic but from the '60's-check him out for a cool ride. So anyway, Robert asked me what I had in mind for the artwork and my idea was to go 'psychedelic tiki'. I sent him a bunch of artwork for inspiration, including some of Chris Reccardi's work. Robert then suggested that I call Chris and ask him to design the artwork for the guitar, something I would never have had the nerve to do on my own. To my surprise, Chris was into the idea and this collaboration has resulted in a one of a kind work of playable art. I had Rudy's in NYC install Lollar Imperials, new pots, caps and wiring and I had already installed TonePros hardware.
    So, here is a photo essay of the creation of this guitar. It may not be for everybody but it's hard not to at least appreciate the amount of work that has gone into this thing!

    a line drawing of a lefty SG provides the 'canvas'


    Here's the artwork That Chris created especially for the guitar. I love the way he uses the natural shapes that are part of the guitar, and that it's meant to be seen as held in the playing position so that the Tiki's head is upright!


    This is a bit out of squence, but here you can see the application of the crystals over the artwork that has been painted onto the guitar:




    Robert Kantor with the finished guitar:


    The guitar makes it to my home! Behind me you can see two other examples of Chris Reccardi's work-see why I love his stuff?


    Relaxing by the pool...


    a close up

    To be continued on the next post...
    Last edited by Elliot Easton; 08-29-11 at 04:12 PM. Reason: blow me.
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    Re: And Now For Something Completely Different...

    Dude...that's pretty fucking cool.

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    Re: And Now For Something Completely Different...

    Here is the original artwork and Robert's recreating it on the actual guitar:

    Full body close-up (sorry for my crappy photography):

    another body close-up, better shot:

    it's hard to convey in photos how amazing Robert's work is. Not all of the crystals have the same value of brilliance and using these tools, he creates shadow and dimension. It's just incredible.
    Here's a detail of the crystal work. Can you imagine how many thousands of them are on there???!!!???




    He even stoned the Gibson logo!
    Relaxing in my studio



    Anyway, I hope you've enjoyed my little photo essay; you sure don't see one of these every day so I wanted to share the zaniness!
    Last edited by Elliot Easton; 08-28-11 at 12:25 AM. Reason: blow me.
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    Re: And Now For Something Completely Different...

    That is so awesome. The pickup covers and the tops on the knobs really top it off. Couldn't go to a more deserving guy too.

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    Re: And Now For Something Completely Different...

    That's very kind of you to say.
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    Re: And Now For Something Completely Different...

    Looks wonderful!
    Nicely done!!
    A real piece of Art!!!
    Thanks for sharing with us.

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    Re: And Now For Something Completely Different...

    WOW, amazing and unique guitar.

    Thats really a great piece of art.
    How does she sounds now? I bet she shines ;)

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    Re: And Now For Something Completely Different...

    It sounds like a great SG!
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    Nice workmanship Elliot. Has the work added much to the guitar weight?

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    Re: And Now For Something Completely Different...

    I like it better without the glitter but still pretty dang cool senor Easton.

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    It would be great to see stage with the reflecting in all directions.

    The speed of sound in this case equals the speed of light!

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    Brilliant. I reckon this is a "One off" so the only chance of seeing it under stage lights is if you tour with it. How likely is that?

    Great pictures too, considering you are a guitar player.
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    Re: And Now For Something Completely Different...

    Cool lookin'! Classic 57s or RS True 60s? RS wiring kit?

    I love the project threads, like this, and the RS Sweet Cherry thread.

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    Re: And Now For Something Completely Different...

    Congratulations, that is a beautiful guitar.

    Is it intended to be a piece of art seeing only occasional play? I'm wondering how well the crystals will hold up during use.

    Again, gorgeous guitar!

    Cheers,
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    Wow! That is outstanding craftsmanship, and creativity. I really did it.

    I've got to believe that is too nice to bang around on, on tour. But how cool to put this up on the wall for display, but then pull down and play when you get the urge?!

    Now go work on a custom painted Marshall half-stack or Vox combo to go with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nihon Jim View Post
    I'm wondering how well the crystals will hold up during use.
    Are the crystals sharp - are they going to dig into your left arm when you play it a while?

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    Re: And Now For Something Completely Different...

    Awesome guitar, Elliot!
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    Re: And Now For Something Completely Different...

    That is seriously cool Elliot!! That is one of the most unique guitars I have ever seen. Normally I don't go for this kind of stuff, but that one is different. Has he done other guitars like that but with different themes? Also, does it feel a little strange on the hand and arms with the crystals instead of smooth wood?

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    Very cool SG Elliot.
    A personalized work of art is always interesting; even more so when it combines two separate types of art.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DoubleBoogie View Post
    That is seriously cool Elliot!! That is one of the most unique guitars I have ever seen. Normally I don't go for this kind of stuff, but that one is different. Has he done other guitars like that but with different themes? Also, does it feel a little strange on the hand and arms with the crystals instead of smooth wood?
    check his other guitars at the link i posted in my first post.
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    Man that thing is way cool. Great works of art should be named so did you name it "Psychedelic Tiki" or something along that line?
    "can you make it just a little bit louder so I can't hear the ringing in my ears?".......

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    Elliot, what I really want to know is...how the hell do you keep your studio so tidy?

    Oh, and the SG looks fab!
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    Oh, yeah. I pity The Fool!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RevPearly View Post

    Man that thing is way cool. Great works of art should be named so did you name it "Psychedelic Tiki" or something along that line?
    Chris named it "Momofuku".
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    That is majorly cool Elliot

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    Quote Originally Posted by DoubleBoogie View Post
    That is seriously cool Elliot!! That is one of the most unique guitars I have ever seen. Normally I don't go for this kind of stuff, but that one is different. Has he done other guitars like that but with different themes? Also, does it feel a little strange on the hand and arms with the crystals instead of smooth wood?
    Robert Kantor's link is in my first post so you can check out the other guitars he has done. They're all different and all really cool, from skulls, to pucci prints from the '60's to graffiti artist Crash's work rendered in crystals. each one is unique. there is a bit of texture to the crystals but it's not uncomfortable to play. also, they hardly add any noticeable weight and don't seem to affect the tone of the guitar adversely, if i may anticipate those very valid questions!
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    So do you have any plans to use it on stage at all or is this one staying at home?
    I got blood on my neck from success.

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    Re: And Now For Something Completely Different...

    That's WILD!

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    Re: And Now For Something Completely Different...

    Quote Originally Posted by Elliot Easton View Post
    Robert Kantor's link is in my first post so you can check out the other guitars he has done. They're all different and all really cool, from skulls, to pucci prints from the '60's to graffiti artist Crash's work rendered in crystals. each one is unique. there is a bit of texture to the crystals but it's not uncomfortable to play. also, they hardly add any noticeable weight and don't seem to affect the tone of the guitar adversely, if i may anticipate those very valid questions!
    Thanks Elliot. He does amazing work. My wife is a breats cancer survivor and is heavily involved with Komen and keeps wanting to get me involved too. I am toying with the idea of having him put one of those Komen style pink ribbons on a shell pink strat and then auctioning it off for charity. It would probably look pretty amazing and I think it might really attract some great bids and raise a lot of money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DoubleBoogie View Post
    Thanks Elliot. He does amazing work. My wife is a breats cancer survivor and is heavily involved with Komen and keeps wanting to get me involved too. I am toying with the idea of having him put one of those Komen style pink ribbons on a shell pink strat and then auctioning it off for charity. It would probably look pretty amazing and I think it might really attract some great bids and raise a lot of money.
    Great idea, and women seem to love it. To answer another question, yes I plan to use it on stage-what a waste to keep this baby locked up! It wants to see stage lights for sure!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MRG View Post
    Oh, yeah. I pity The Fool!
    +1 And this is the "new fool" IMHO! So very cool.

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    Re: And Now For Something Completely Different...

    Very cool guitar Elliot.

    Gibson has been involved with beading on guitars since way back when.

    Here is late 20's acoustic Nick Lucas Special with special "florentine" art and beading.



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    The Crash Anti-Fool SG in Mr. Kantor's private collection:

    http://www.kantorguitars.com/guitars...n-sg-by-crash/

    "On a good day (I know it ain't everyday), we can part the sea. On a bad day (I know it's not everyday), glory beyond our reach."

    "If you can't dig on Esther well you'd better leave town, cause if you think she's bad you oughta see her sister."
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    Quote Originally Posted by DHBucker View Post
    +1 And this is the "new fool" IMHO! So very cool.
    ha, i should be so lucky!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Purple Jay View Post

    Gibson has been involved with beading on guitars since way back when.

    Here is late 20's acoustic Nick Lucas Special with special "florentine" art and beading.


    good point!
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    Re: And Now For Something Completely Different...

    I do like that; very nice. Great design and great work.

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    Beautiful. And even better that it's a lefty. ;)

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    In the tiki tiki tiki tiki tiki room...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elliot Easton View Post
    Great idea, and women seem to love it. To answer another question, yes I plan to use it on stage-what a waste to keep this baby locked up! It wants to see stage lights for sure!


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    That is one amazing looking guitar. It is easy to tell a true artist was involved. I've seen many "custom" guitars that look terrible. It takes someone truly gifted to pull off such a project. You have good taste in art, Elliot!

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