In addition to showcasing the new Fear and Loathing series, the company plans to provide a hands-on display of its latest models and designs as an exhibitor in NAMM’s newly introduced Boutique Guitar Showcase, including its signature Red, White & Bullets model that Guitarist Magazine describes as “a genuine piece of guitar craft...
Fall 2017 - In-Depth Interview with Stephen McSwain, McSwain Guitars
Once you see and hold these in person you realize these up to the moment player’s instruments with amazing feel, precision and that cutting edge usability wrapped up in a beautiful patina that extends...
Everyone Loves Guitar Podcast: Stephen talks about his unique designs and how using metal in his guitar builds increases sustain and strengthens tone. How he first got started and how he hustled to build his business once the initial flood of new business was gone.
Today on LET THERE BE TALK is our guest Stephen McSwain Head designer and luthier of McSwain Guitars out of Portland Oregon. Stephen and I sit down and talk about what it's like to build handmade guitars in America for the last 20 years.
That’s where we find Stephen McSwain, of McSwain Guitars, whose instruments, in the abstract, are basic, straightforward electric guitars, but in the particular they are wildly divergent creations, incorporating metal and wood components in a way that are a step or two away from the work of Travis Bean and the like.
Empresa de Los Angeles, fundada há duas décadas com o propósito de construir guitarras apenas para uso privado, até que receberam a sua primeira encomenda, de um tal de Steve Vai. As guitarras inspiram-se nos grandes construtores Gibson, Fender e PRS, mas com detalhes de circuito diferentes e muita extravagância no design.
New to NAMM this year at the Boutique Guitar Showcase area was custom guitar maker McSwain Guitars of Portland, Oregon. Founder, Head Designer and Luthier, Stephen McSwain, explained how he started his guitar business and his approach to building his custom guitars.
I was lucky to catch Steve McSwain when I did as we both had immediate plans – McSwain was heading up to Hollywood to perform on stage with Steve Ferlazzo at the Soundcheck Live NAMM Night gig at Lucky Strike – the weekly showcase of local and national talents. McSwain took the time to show SonicMag readers some of his amazing custom works, and to share stories of the Rock Stars’ guitars he’s had the privilege to create.
Mostly, it was great to see all the details on this uber-high-end instruments up close… creations like those of McSwain Guitars aren’t often found at the typical lutherie shows but they sure were stunning.
This year, NAMM has provided one central showcase for smaller, more 'independent minded' luthiers to showcase their wares. The results, happily, are as idiosyncratic, beautiful and occasionally startling as you you'd hope. Here then, are our own personal faves from the many guitars on display...
Given the limited production of many high-end builders, NAMM’s new Boutique Guitar Showcase is the perfect new forum to exhibit our latest models alongside a select community of luthiers and designers,” said Stephen McSwain, Founder of McSwain Guitars.
Stephen McSwain is a powerhouse. He designs his instruments, creates the artwork, hand-fashions the aircraft aluminium fronts, then ages and assembles these fascinating beasts in his Oregon workshop.
McSwain offers a range of show- stopping instruments, our Red, White & Bullets model being one of his most arresting - pun only half intended. His customers number Steve Vai (who owns the very first), Jerry Cantrell, Vernon Reid, Jared Leto, Slash and many more.
What you heard was custom guitar designer Stephen McSwain picking away at his latest creation, the Cragar Wheels Cragar S/S 50th Anniversary custom guitar. The build of a Cragar S/S wheel inspired guitar, complete with a special edition 50th anniversary chrome Cragar S/S cap was revealed in the Cragar Wheel booth during the SEMA Show in Las Vegas.aved with a gryphon that Leto illustrated himself.