Here’s the most recently shipped Smith Special. Michael had requested gold-plated hardware which took extra care while assembleing. I’m really happy with the way it turned out. Its a great feeling and challenge when my customers ask for something that we haven’t done before. It keeps the work interesting and fun. Ernie, who works in the shop with me, did a great job on the inlay for both the top and bottom pickguards.
I only got a few photos of the guitar before it left the shop. Michael sent the last photo of his Smith Special in it’s new home with his set up. Its always fun to add an element of surprise to each build. You can see in his shot how we inlayed the word “custom” in the upper cutaway of the guitar. I hope Michael enjoys it for years to come.
Here’s a clip of Rodney Gene Jr. playing ‘Hot Guitar Rag’ by George Barnes on his recently finished Tele. Have a great weekend!
This is the first single cut Smith Special, obviously for Mark Barreca.
Below is Billy Pitman’s Kay with original finish. We made a new neck, pickguard, installed a set of my new Summertone pickups (available in our store soon), the guitar features a volume control for each pickup, a master tone and an out of phase switch.
We’ll post complete specs for both guitars soon.
How did I not know about this guy?
I’ve had the pleasure to be in a few bands with Johnny MacCree, including Smith’s Ranch Boys and Golden Hill Ramblers. It’s always fun when we have time to get together and play some music.
It’s great to see guitarist Smokey Hormel featured on the documentary web series Liner Note Legends. The series gives recognition and insight to the talented musicians behind the scenes who have played on recordings in all genres that everyone has heard. I really enjoyed hearing Smokeys story in his own words. When you have time, check it out.