ashcustomworks  asked:

Happy birthday :D I'm surprised that you're only 19. You look 19, but you seem to have wisdom beyond your years. I followed you after noticing that LostDollsClub reblogs a lot of quality content from you. Sometimes when you share your woes and tribulations I want to offer some avuncular reassurance that you're doing very, very well at life, but I suspect that, at twice your age, I've probably already learned more from you than I can offer in return... So I'll just say, keep up the great work! :D

Oh my God, thank you so much! This is a good birthday message and I’m totally counting it as a present :) In all seriousness, if you have something to say that would help me, please do say it :) I’m fairly happy with my life as it is, and there are only a few small things that I struggle with. But on the most part, I’m doing okay :) Or at least, I’m doing well enough at stumbling through and hoping for the best! 

Again, thank you so much, this has meant a lot :D x


Iceman of Darkness.

This one belongs to James Darkness of the Awesome Random Samick Experience. It started out as an Ibanez S520 neck and ended up with a thin sapele Iceman body finished in a satin lacquer black-burst, all inspired by the Blackmachine vibe that was so hot back in 2010. Those pickups are a DiMarzio D Activator-X and a Chopper mixed and matched with an Ibanez 2502 5-way switch. It gives not only the destruct-o-matic tones you’d expect from such a combination, but some remarkable clean, single coily tones thanks to the magic switch.


James asked me for a 335 style instrument and this is what we came up with. It’s semi-hollow, just like a 335, but instead of being made of plywood, it’s made of solid mahogany, hollowed out, with a hand-carved, arched cedar top. Binding and surrounds are made of bright red padauk. The neck is mahogany/padauk and the fretboard is rosewood. Hardware is all Gotoh, but I can’t remember what the pickups are. Probably DiMarzio PAF Classics.


The flashbacks to 2010 continue! Here’s Zakk in all his switcheroony glory. Now resident in New South Wales and regular visitor to Youtube:

Chambered mahogany body with a carved maple top. Solid rosewood neck. Rio Grande humbuckers with series/single/parallel switching, phase, blower and 12-step tone selector. Graphtech Ghost Acoustiphonic piezo pickup saddles and preamp. This machine was built to find all the best tone options available and put them at the player’s fingertips.

One of my favourites builds of all time, designed and commissioned by one of my favourite customers.


Ash Taniwha - Incomplete, in progress.

I started building this guitar in 2004, but ten years later it is still not done. With luck and good management, 2014 will be the year of the Taniwha. As you can probably see there are a few missing pieces. Mainly the pickups, which will be wound for maximum tonal versatility, with the capacity foe series/split/parallel wiring and to separate the treble strings from the bass strings in the signal chain. The bridge will also be revised and have treble and bass piezo pickups. If you think this should be yours, message me at your convenience.


A flashback to 2010 - The first of this version of Ash Safon as specified by jazz and shred guitarist, Bix. 

It has a hollow alder body, flame maple top, maple neck and ebony fretboard. DiMarzio pickups, Schaller bridge and Gotoh tuners.

There are just three more of this version left, a lefty and two righties… one of which is neck-thru and flasher than Michael Jackson.


James Darkness knows a thing or two about great taste in guitars. Here’s his other one - an Ash Heilo in mahogany and flame maple with a padauk fretboard. He said “gimme flames” and he got flames. The flame outlines are naked maple. The flames themselves are candy apple red fading out to trans red. There is another layer of pearl violet ghost flames, but they don’t show up in photos very well, much as camera-shy ghosts tend to be.

Gotoh tuners and trem, Graphtech saddles, Rio Grande BBQ and Texas pickups.


It’s a standard Heilo! Well… the nearest to standard that a Heilo has ever been. This one has a second volume knob that they don’t usually get. 

Cedrella (aka Spanish Cedar) body, maple/bubinga neck, rosewood fretboard, Ash GT bridge with locking Graphtech saddles, Seymour Duncan pickups. The finish is silky smooth satin lacquer. Being made of cedrella, this guitar smells gorgeous, especially when you open the case for the first time in a while.