Tak Matsumoto of B'z (one of the greatest Japanese rock bands in history) and I met in March of 2009 in Los Angeles. Tak visited the shop and decided that he wanted to play McSwain guitars. We designed a smaller version of the original McSwain body shape for the guitars Tak ordered. This is what is now affectionately referred to as the "McSwain Jr."
This is the 2nd guitar that I have made for the mega hit japanese band B'z. Tak commissioned this guitar as a surprise gift for B'z singer Koshi Inaba.
I began with a single chunk of mahogany and carved, and carved, and carved some more... until it arrived at this stage.
The eyes are inlaid rubies that glow bright red when the tone knob is pulled up. I carved the teeth from cow bone. Once the carving and woodburning were complete, I sand blasted the guitar to make the wood look 100 years old. The finish is numerous layers of stain/sealer/stain/sealer which gives it that weathered look.
It has a 3-way switch, 2 humbuckers, 2 volume controls and one tone control. It is 24-3/4" scale with a maple/mahogany set neck with an ebony fretboard. The face of the headstock is koa.
Domo Arigato Tak-san!!!! See you in Tokyo!