This is another great example of a New Orleans Guitars VooDoo model, a single cutaway custom design. This one has a highly figured Presentation Grade Maple Burl top with a beautiful Natural finish mated to a gorgeous Black Limba body. This is a neck through design with a 5 piece laminate of that same Black Limba and Walnut. The Black Limba on this guitar is lighter in color and darkens on the edges and matches the lighter Maple Burl perfectly. Again the neck is crafted from the same billet of Black Limba as the body and virtually disappears into the back of the guitar.
The neck and headstock are bound with three piece Maple/Cocobolo. The fretboard is Cocobolo that extends to the headstock face and truss rod cover. The fretboard has the New Orleans trade mark subtle Flame Inlay motif of Abalone. The Cocobolo on the headstock is left sanded to a 600 grit level and then oiled to closely match the color of the fretboard. The result is a flawless soft matt feel that closely matches the natural Cocobolo on the fretboard.
The guitar is equipped with Nickel Chromed Tone Pros bridge and tail as well as Grover tuners. The pickups are a pair of Dimarzio’s with a Custom PAF-DP195 in the neck position wired series/parallel and an F spaced Air Zone - DP192 in the bridge in series. This is a great set of pickups for a 24 fret guitar at stage volumes, very touch sensitive and articulate. It has lots of balls but doesn’t color the wood’s tonal character.
The control knobs are natural wood bells of the same Maple Burl recessed into the top with a three position pickup selector and phase switch. The over all finish work of this instrument is without equal. There is not a rough edge anywhere, and the combination of the highly figured Maple Burl top with the Cocobolo fretboard and headstock is masterfully done.