The latest progressive blues experiment from the Wizard of Worcester.....
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Another stunning creation from the hands of Mr Neil Ivison, the DAKOTA is the latest addition to the growing Ivison Guitars stable.
With the Firebird as the obvious jumping off point, Neil has amalgamated the key features of that most iconic of birds with some more ergonomic motifs to create another instrument that is at once familiar and new.
This prototype features an aged Pelham Blue nitrocellulose finish over a three piece African mahogany body, Faber hardware, Sunbear Sunbird pickups and a one piece Honduran mahogany neck with bound Indian rosewood fretboard, all finished to Neil’s exacting standards.
As with any Ivison Guitar, this Dakota has an instantly familiar feel that’s just begging to be played. The 1” body thickness gives the guitar the light feel of a Junior, the hand picked mahogany construction married to the route one nature of the wrap tail bridge is wonderfully resonant. The icing on the cake is the thru-neck-like heel giving you excellent access to the dustier end of the fretboard.
Plugged in the Sunbear pickups really shine, the unique nature of their design yielding a tone that is at once searing and smooth. If your tonal touchstones are Allen Collins, Ray Manzanera or obviously Johnny Winter then this might just be the guitar for you.
A word form the manufacturer..
The Dakota was inspired by my love of the classic tones of Johnny Winter and Allen Collins (Lynyrd Skynyrd).
Envisaged as the soul of a Firebird, sprinkled with a little nod to the Flying V and with a more ergonomic, manageable vintage Single Cut feel, it features a 3 piece body construction with a raised centre block and ‘wings’, one piece Honduran mahogany neck, bound Indian rosewood fingerboard with celluloid dots, vintage 17 degree headstock angle, a pair of exceptional hand wound Sunbird pickups, aged Faber wraparound bridge and hardware and premium CTS & Switchcraft components. They will be available in classic Tobacco Sunburst, Aged Pelham Blue and any other custom colour you can think of plus additional options of a single pickup ‘Dakota I’ or a short vibrola trem and tune-o-magic bridge will also be available. Specs Body: 3 piece Premium African Mahogany Centre Block and ‘Wings’
Neck: 1 piece Premium Quartersawn Honduran Mahogany Neck 50’s Long Tenon construction 24.625” Vintage Scale Length 17 degree, Vintage Spec Headstock Angle Single Action, Vintage Spec Truss Rod Maple Truss Rod Fillet Premium AAA Bound Indian Rosewood Fingerboard Polished Buffalo Bone Nut 12” Radius 43mm Nut Width ‘59 Neck Profile Depth at 1st Fret: 22.5mm Depth at 12th Fret 24.5mm Jescar 45100 Nickel Fretwire Vintage Pattern Celluloid Dots Celluloid Side Dot Markers Electronics: Sunbear Pickups Sunbird Mini Humbuckers CTS SSS Premium Taper 500k Pots Premium PIO Cap Switchcraft Toggle Switch Switchcraft Jack Socket Hardware: Faber Aged Nickel Compensated Wraparound Bridge Faber Aged Nickel Anchors and Wraplok Studs Faber Aged Tuners 15:1 Ratio Aged Pointers Finish: 100% Nitrocellulose Finish, lightly aged, vintage formulated and non plasticised Aged Tobacco Sunburst Aged Pelham Blue Accessories: Hiscox Liteflite Case Ivison Guitars COA
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