Hey everyone. Alex and I have been talking about doing this for the better part of a year now, and finally we have decided the time has come! I will be building a guitar, and it will be raffled off to a member of the forum. Alex will fill everyone in on the details of how to enter, and will take care of all the adminitrative details while I focus on the build. After much debate it was decided I will build a retrospec as the guitar to give away. I will also be building other guitars along the way, as well as doing some repair work to vintage guitars - as everyday business in the shop dictates. I will include all that pertains to the build in as great as detail as I can, even if it's just to show how this guitar compares to a vintage 'Burst. If by chance you have placed an order for one of these guitars already, and you are drawn as the winner, you will recieve a full refund on your order so please do not hesitate to enter, or to order a guitar directly in addition to entering into the draw! Some background on this; Way back in January of 2011 I was contacted by Kim Lefleur of Retrospec/Historic Makeovers, and he suggested we team up to make a cool new guitar for his friend and customer, Joe Bonamassa. I of course was excited to be a part of the project, and quickly suggested we recruit my very good friend Magnus Melkersson to help us create a design that would be a real hit. We wanted something that would pay homage to our favourite guitar, but also be its own thing entirely. Magnus pulled off some amazing stunts to bring this to fruition. Bouncing ideas back and forth over too many emails to count, we finally hashed out a design that struck a chord with us. We set out to build the prototype, and things quickly fell into place for the whole project. Here is the very first Bartlett Retrospec in action, now owned by Joe Bonamassa Serial number 001: And a shot of Jimmy Shaw of Metric who owns the second one ever built serial number 002: And a video of Jimmy playing the Retrospec at the iconic Radio City Music Hall in New York City: [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4-bMlFWv54]Metric - "Gold Guns Girls" (Live @ Radio City Music Hall) - YouTube[/ame] Here is the guitar in full: And in sunburst: And here is where it will all take place. Most of the work is done the old fashioned way that would have taken place in the 50's. I mostly use very old machinery, with a few exceptions. This place is a little guitar sanctuary where wood slowly gets transformed into musical instruments one step at a time. I have no helpers, so every step is completed entirely by me. It takes a lot of time, but in the end, each instrument is truly special. Here is a previous thread where I documented another build. Some things have changed since then, but most remains the same. I hope everyone can take part in this little adventure! I will be updating this thread as we go along, but please, if anyone has any questions, don't hesitate to ask! Check out my website, and check out my facebook page if you're on there!