Slash Guitar II by Rueben Forsland DG Niu

- a Sister Guitar to Slash´s Tree-Guitar with a personal approval from Slash to built this Tree-Guitar.

Ancient Sitka Spruce

40 tonnes of soil was dug up to unearth this extremely rare Sitka Spruce that has been radio carbon dated to about 2850 BP = 3,180 calender years old. Born 1230 BC. It’s beautiful blue-grey colour is a result of soaking in the Earth’s minerals left behind by the receding glacier in which it was perfectly preserved for so many years. As glaciers flow or recede, there is a mechanical grinding of the bedrock below, which produces glacier flour, or glacier silt. These fine-grained, silt-sized particles of rock are rich in minerals and depending on the type of rock, will produce colours ranging from grey to blue to green. You may have seen this effect in various mountain lakes and rivers. JOI Guitars is excited to be in possession of 5 sets of these ancient Sitka tops. The tap tone of these tops produces a deep, resonant bass with a clear high finish.

“The Tree”

JOI Guitars is pleased to offer you another of the finest and most coveted woods in the world!http://joiguitars.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/The_tree1.jpg

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In 1965, within the heart of the jungle, a group of loggers came across an exceptional Mahogany tree. Measuring 10ft wide at the mid-trunk and 50ft at the base, it had a spiraled back. This was a sign the wood could be highly figured.

The loggers camped at the base of the giant and felled it with axes. But they were robbed of their prize by fate. On the way down, the tree twisted and landed in a steep ravine. Two D7 tractors were brought in to extricate the fallen tree, but to no avail.

So there it lay until 1971 when a sawmill owner by the name of Robert Novak heard of the giant figured Mahogany tree. In 1983, after some searching, he found the log. The tree was halved, then quartered, and the resulting eight pieces were dragged, carried and floated for 200 miles to a steam powered bandsaw mill.

“It’s more brown than red, and is denser and stiffer than usual for Mahogany. It sounds closer to Rosewood than Mahogany.”

 

 

 

Features

Slash II
Soundboard Ancient Sitka Spruce Picea sitchensis
Back, Sides, Neck The Tree Mahogany Swietenia macrophylla
Bridge, Fretboard Ebony Diospyros
SCALE LENGTH 25.7"
NUT WIDTH 1 3/4"
STRING SPACING 2 1/4"
FRETS TO BODY 14
Complication
1.Chordal Response: a fast-warm energetic-lively response, balanced- thick chordal weight with crisp developed spectrum, warm productive, cathedral bass 4.95
d1 = 4.95 ( 5-n) +1 =1.95 )
2.Individual note decay as well as blended in a chord: 14 secs heroic mahogany sustain with upper/ lower partials, feedback possible in overtones if desired 5.0
d2 = 5.0 ( 5-n) +1 =2.0)
3. Basic volume and presence: a loud volume with loads of headroom, dynamic and rich voice, rewarding and balanced blend of “captivating” tree mahogany nuances 4.9
d3 =4.9 ( 5-n) +1 =1.9 )
4. Individual note separation and focus: excellent note separation and focus, full bodied -rich highs, airy and decadent bass, wet and dry notes, possible, excellent balance and articulation 4.95
d4 =4.9 ( 5-n) +1 =1.95)
5.Systematic sustain: warm full bodied sustain, wet and dry response possible, versatile sustain from flat picking to finger-style, toasty malleable sustain, capable of building amplitude and even feeding back 5.0
d5 =5.0 ( 5-n) +1 =2.0)
6. Response compliance: energetic, lively response with balanced finish, active and balanced spectrum, intimate, pleasing 4.95
d6 = 4.9 ( 4.85 -n) +1 =1.9 )
7. Balance and quality of tone: very well balanced with a crisp acoustic note perfect for recording, an enthusiastic fun voice, inviting vibrant, Chirping full harmonics everywhere!, effortless playability, intimate, pleasing, rich, quintessential tree tone 4.95
d7 = 4.9 ( 4.8-n) +1 =1.9 )
8. Even strength and balance of each string: strings are very well balanced, refined sound with expert articulation, great fundamental 4.95
d8 = 4.9 ( 4.75-n) +1 =1.95 )
9. Tone projection: nervous box, feel it purr as you play, forward intimate. concert, focused tone production, radiated sound full box breaths, crisp-sharp-radiant-highs 4.95
d9 =4.95 ( 5-n) +1 =1.95)
10. A large dynamic range: a superb array of focused dynamics, soft, open, sweet, harsh, raspy, western, rock, orchestral, cathedral, bellowing bass, resonant responsive steel string box, a guitar to discover new sounds on all the time 4.95
d10 =4.9 ( 5-n) +1 = 1.95 )
11. Tonal bloom: full bloom cycles, excellent drive and pedal tone 4.95
d11 =4.9 ( 5-n) +1 =1.95 )
Quality Of Tone
A full bodied voice with limitless potential teamed up with effortless playability. This is a guitar that will surprise you time and time again with the range of colours it brings to all of your musical senses. A superbly focused bath of energetic sound soaked in the takings of a massive harmonic spectrum and dynamic range. Servings of cathedral-like sound swimming in overtones, capable of inspiring an emotional connection with listeners and players. Slash II presents a full bodied sound with an even concert balance, full of rich overtones and strong supportive fundamental. Truly a historic instrument with tremendous musical potential.
Power
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Sincerity
This guitar is an original design from Reuben Forsland at Joi Guitars. It was finished Dec 2 2017 in his shop in Comox BC.
Notion of Design
The concept was to design Saul Hudsun a custom acoustic guitar for his birthday. The resulting historic guitar paired a 3000 year old ancient top with “The Tree” mahogany. Slash was interviewed by Acoustic Guitar Magazine and declared that this was the best acoustic guitar he has ever played. Now three years later another Slash guitar is born.Slash II is fitted with sterling silver purfling, tree mahogany tuning buttons and centres around a very unique electrical wire rosette made from a salvaged machine, combed off the beach.
“The inspiration for the rosette came to me much like all my best thinking… while on an ocean-side walk. I found this rusty old electrical part sitting amongst the rocks and the way the sun was shining on it, it reminded me of the interior workings of an electric guitar volume dial. That was it!
I brought it home and shined up some of the rusty aluminum wires which I then inlayed into the Ebony around the rosette. I positioned the pieces in a circular manner with simple ‘humps’, or ‘rises and falls’ of the wire to create the feeling of energy, like in a heartbeat monitor. I then outlined the Ebony rosette with Fine (Pure) Silver. “
Reuben Forsland
The guitar was further customized with a beveled arm rest and a shallow heel for Slash to comfortably get to the 19th+ frets without having a cutaway. The guitars neck is a premium ‘The Tree” slab milled specifically for this build and the fret markers are sterling silver encased marble.
Slash II is a grand example of an extraordinary lifetime instrument capable of providing an eternity of musical happiness.
An extraordinary guitar with a thick full bodied voice infused with musical nuances. Slash II embodies a cathedral like tone that easily pleases the most discerning ears. This tone inspires a deeper musical connection with the player due to the versatility and power of its awe inspiring voice. Patience, is a guitar that will surprise and amaze your senses every-time it is played making it a quintessential muse for a lifetime of excitement and happiness.
“When I picked it up, I was completely humbled. It was a shock-and-awe moment. It changed everything I’d ever thought about acoustic guitars leading up to that point,” Slash continues, with a boyish wonder that betrays the reverence a head-banging kid might have for Slash himself. “It was the most amazing acoustic guitar I’d ever played or heard”
Slash
Reuben Forsland
The guitar was further customized with a beveled arm rest and a shallow heel for Slash to comfortably get to the 19th+ frets without having a cutaway. The guitars neck is a premium ‘The Tree” slab milled specifically for this build and the fret markers are sterling silver encased marble.
Slash II is a grand example of an extraordinary lifetime instrument capable of providing an eternity of musical happiness.

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