Vince Ray's Kustom Korner

NGD - Graick 2312-T Vince Ray

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Wow Wow Wow!!! The color of the top is to die for. Super nice job!!

– Rhythmisking

Very scary to apply stain to such a lovely flame - it is Crimson Guitars Stunning Stains black, mixed 50/50 and just two coats!

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Really nice work! Vince has the retro graphic language down. The contour lines communicate and suggest just the right amount of information and the implied highlights give a sense of volume to the forms through an economy of means. Who is the person honored on the back?

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Just found my tombstone design.

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Really nice work! Vince has the retro graphic language down. The contour lines communicate and suggest just the right amount of information and the implied highlights give a sense of volume to the forms through an economy of means. Who is the person honored on the back?

– Gregory_Pecarry

Apologies, didn't see this - the person on the back is me, with my wife below :)

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Just seeing this thread - sure wish it had pics. Photobucket's greedleak has emptied so much of the internet of its content.

I get that letting the entire internet link to their free-photo-hosting server would kill'em with fatal wounds in both bandwidth and storage...but wasn't it predictable? I think they should have thought that business model through from the git-go, because the way they handled it hasn't won them any friends.

I had no idea so many people used PB and linked to it (I've always paid for my own hosting) - so was barely aware of Pbucket's presence. But now I see their black and blue greed missing-photo icons everywhere, so I sure know'em now.

Great advertising for'em! Bet I sign up right away!


Anyway. I'd love to see this guitar. BBos have a long history of cool (and infamous) graphic treatments in these parts. Raise your hand if you remember the brilliant Chonny mockups. Then there was Paperair's sweet 57-Chevy turquoise custom, and Fuller Guitars' run of white-n-gold, and my Persian Sand over Spaceship Grey. I don't know if pics ever made the GDP, but Cam Bellamy had a fabulous fully hollow-bodied CS BBo with 3 Dynasonics and an arty graphic treatment.

From the context of this thread, I can tell this guitar is another in that lineage; I just can't see it...

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Just seeing this thread - sure wish it had pics. Photobucket's greedleak has emptied so much of the internet of its content.

I get that letting the entire internet link to their free-photo-hosting server would kill'em with fatal wounds in both bandwidth and storage...but wasn't it predictable? I think they should have thought that business model through from the git-go, because the way they handled it hasn't won them any friends.

I had no idea so many people used PB and linked to it (I've always paid for my own hosting) - so was barely aware of Pbucket's presence. But now I see their black and blue greed missing-photo icons everywhere, so I sure know'em now.

Great advertising for'em! Bet I sign up right away!


Anyway. I'd love to see this guitar. BBos have a long history of cool (and infamous) graphic treatments in these parts. Raise your hand if you remember the brilliant Chonny mockups. Then there was Paperair's sweet 57-Chevy turquoise custom, and Fuller Guitars' run of white-n-gold, and my Persian Sand over Spaceship Grey. I don't know if pics ever made the GDP, but Cam Bellamy had a fabulous fully hollow-bodied CS BBo with 3 Dynasonics and an arty graphic treatment.

From the context of this thread, I can tell this guitar is another in that lineage; I just can't see it...

– Proteus

I will get some photos back onto the thread; should have realised they were now missing! Doh

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Raise your hand if you remember the brilliant Chonny mockups.

For those who don't remember:

ChonnyCaster

ChonnyCaster1

ChonnyCaster2

ChonnyCaster4

ChonnyCaster3

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I'm not sure if this was one of Cam's or not, but it's a beauty:

billy-bo2

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Right, I have stuck the original images on Flickr here

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And the man himself handing it over...

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This is great Vince stuff. Visual heroin.

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Wow, that's a really cool Bo! Love those one-off Billy Bo's guys!

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Thanks for posting the pics! Beautiful instrument, great work from Vince (duh!) and a great color choice.

While heavy figuring and flame always have their own obvious kinda Pavlovian ooh-shiny! appeal, I think PRS and their derivatives kinda wore me out with its over-exaggeration, turned it cartoonish. When I see flame on a Gretsch, I kinda prefer it be more subtle so it doesn't fight with all the other details of visual interest a Gretsch usually has going on anyway.

I find from this thread, though, that flame seems always to look good on a B-Bo - which surprises me. I've generally thought that the retro automotive cues in the guitar's shape dictated automotive and/or metallic colors. Maybe emphasizing the wood provides the same contrapuntal note I sense when I see wood-bodied custom cars from the 20s and 30s.

Anyway, sure works here!

Which TV pickups, and which Tru-Arc?

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Thanks for posting the pics! Beautiful instrument, great work from Vince (duh!) and a great color choice.

While heavy figuring and flame always have their own obvious kinda Pavlovian ooh-shiny! appeal, I think PRS and their derivatives kinda wore me out with its over-exaggeration, turned it cartoonish. When I see flame on a Gretsch, I kinda prefer it be more subtle so it doesn't fight with all the other details of visual interest a Gretsch usually has going on anyway.

I find from this thread, though, that flame seems always to look good on a B-Bo - which surprises me. I've generally thought that the retro automotive cues in the guitar's shape dictated automotive and/or metallic colors. Maybe emphasizing the wood provides the same contrapuntal note I sense when I see wood-bodied custom cars from the 20s and 30s.

Anyway, sure works here!

Which TV pickups, and which Tru-Arc?

– Proteus

I spoke to TVJ and he recommended T’Armond at the neck, and a Power’tron Plus at the bridge, both in DeArmond mounts - hence what you see. He also designed the wiring; the PT+ is tapped.

The bridge is a TruArc brass serpentune - the ring and sustain are amazing :)

The neck gives 'that' Grestch twang, whilst the PT+ gives real growl, not thinned out too much by the split.

Needless to say, I love it :)

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Great choices. I'm a great fan of singles at the neck and duals at the bridge. Don't think I'd tap anything lighter than a Ptron Plus either - would sound too thin.

I'd love to hear it. Glad you like the bridge!

I have Ptrons and either aluminum or glass on my BBo.

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I'm swinging for some kinda Bo myself soon. To be honest, I think coming up with a workable, artistic and damn COOL guitar shape is one hell of a challenge. And Bo Diddley got it 100% right.

Plus it still makes a great creative platform for experiments, as shown by my pal in Bexhill.

I'm lusting after a dyno equipped Bo with bigsby, happy with the red and black devil colour scheme

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would be swell to have a Vince Ray painted gretsch!! I sure like his pedal designs!:)

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I'm swinging for some kinda Bo myself soon. To be honest, I think coming up with a workable, artistic and damn COOL guitar shape is one hell of a challenge. And Bo Diddley got it 100% right.

Plus it still makes a great creative platform for experiments, as shown by my pal in Bexhill.

I'm lusting after a dyno equipped Bo with bigsby, happy with the red and black devil colour scheme

– Vince_Ray

Good to see you pass by Vince Still loving the BB - I actually try not to play it too much, in case I wear off the paint!

I'll get back over to Hastings to see you play soon, again. Let me know via Facebook or through Chris, or drop me an email :)

Cheers, Nick

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Great choices. I'm a great fan of singles at the neck and duals at the bridge. Don't think I'd tap anything lighter than a Ptron Plus either - would sound too thin.

I'd love to hear it. Glad you like the bridge!

I have Ptrons and either aluminum or glass on my BBo.

– Proteus

Do you hear much of a difference swapping bridges? I like the idea of the glass but only cos they look pretty lol. I wanted a black, red and gold scheme so glass was out....

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Significant difference between materials, yes. Glass is fat and chunky, great string definition - not the sustainiest material.

Aluminum - with PowerTrons on a solibody - give it a bit more air, and lend a singing quality to overdriven leads.

Stainless: punch, sustain, and even reproduction across all registers. Brass: bold, brash, ballsy, Grrretsch grrrritschy.

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thanks for the info. I may look into swapping around one day :)


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