Saturday, July 31, 2010

Indie #24 - 'Custom shop IPR' satin blue

When shall we three meet again? In thunder, lightning or Nicks house?

Nicks house it is then. Back in 2008, Indie produced three 'custom shop' guitars around the same time, all were similar spec. with satin finishes.

First I picked up the black 'flying V'.

Then, the Les Paul style blue 'L shape'.

Now I've got the last of the three models, the PRS custom style 'IPR'.

As expected it's really well executed but as with my other 'custom shop' models only really one of Indie's standard models made with some extra care, upgrades and bling.

Oddly they don't seem to have done any custom shop 'Shape' models, perhaps this because of the existence of their 'Extreme' models which are kind of similar. These three certainly seem to share some features with my Extreme Plus.

Their 2010 'custom shop' output which has artwork by Inky Hollow doesn't really float my boat. I saw Tom's work at a guitar show and while it is beautifully done just not for me.

Again, there were only 16 made to the following spec...

Body: Solid Mahogany
Body Top: Solid Maple with Tiger Maple cap
Body Binding: Natural wood
Neck: Solid Mahogany, smooth satin finish
Neck Binding: Natural
Neck Construction: Set neck
Fingerboard: A-grade ebony
Fingerboard Inlay: Tree of Life Abalone
Headstock Binding: None
Machine Heads: Grover tuner
Top Nut: Graphite
Bridge: Deluxe two point tremolo
Hardware: Deluxe nickel chrome
Pickups: DV8 Humbuckers - High Output Indie Alnico Electrics 1 volume, 1 tone, 3-way toggle switch, Mini Switches for Active/Passive and Coil Tap
Truss Rod: 2-way dual action
Scale Length/Frets: 25.5"/24 frets
Finish: Satin Blue Burst Custom

...and it's rather nice even though the active circuit is underwhelming. I wish it were like the one in my Extreme Plus.

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