Monday, January 4, 2010

Indie #15 - 'Shape' custom double-cut Festival

Back in summer 2009, Indie planned to run and promote their own music festival. They even came up with a special edition commemorative guitar for it. Sadly the festival didn't happen, 2009 was the year of the credit crunch and general economic downturn and it had to be cancelled.

A fair few 'Festival' guitars made it into circulation so I picked one up. It's actually a fairly unusual spec. for Indie, being one of their double-cut models with a vintage style trem., humbucker and two single coils. This makes it quite a good contrast to the rest of the Indie stable.

Body: Solid mahogany Double Cut
Body Top: Solid Mahogany designed
Body Binding: None
Neck: 1pc mahogany
Neck Binding: None
Neck Construction: Set neck
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay: 4mm dot + Indie logo
Headstock Binding: None
Head Machine: Indie diecast tuner
Top Nut: Graphite
Bridge: Indie Trem System
Hardware: Chrome
Pickups: 2 Single and 1 humbucker/Indie M8 standard
Electrics: 1 volume, 1 tone, 3-way toggle
Truss Rod: 2-way dual action
Scale Length/Frets: 635mm(25")/22 frets
Finish: Festival Blue under lacquer Logo

The 'Festival' logo is a decal underneath the lacquer and is really nicely done. I'm not a fan of vintage trems, but this is actually a Wilkinson one and works pretty well. The M8 single coils are very very free from EMI noise, if I didn't know better I'd think they were mini humbuckers. They are also well matched with the M8 humbucker, offering a different sound without a massive difference in output. It's not quite got the strat sound but it's closer than my other 'Shape' Indies.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I just picked one of these up and absolutely love it.