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© Kim Scholz
You could play any guitar that you want. What is it about the ‘68, or the two, that’s so special?
“I can tell you that it wasn’t how the guitar felt in my hand, because the first time I tried to play it, I thought it was like some other kind of instrument. It was like a bad dream. [Laughs] The neck was like a log, and the access to the upper frets was terrible. I was like, ‘Oh, my God. How do people play this thing?’ But the reason why I bought it was, I had heard the guitar being played by somebody else a few months before it was offered for sale. It was just the sweetest-sounding thing, an amazing-sounding guitar.
“So I was like, ‘All right, I’m just gonna relearn how to play the guitar.’ And I did. It took me about six months before I really felt comfortable with it. Now, if you give me a Strat or a newer Les Paul, or any of these newer guitars with thin necks, I can’t play ‘em. [Laughs] I don’t know where to put my hand. My fingers don’t go to the right place on the fretboard. Luckily, the neck size and shape is similar to the Guild acoustics that I play, so when I switch back and forth, I notice very little difference.”
How many prototypes did they send you until you were like, "That’s it!”?
“It went through a few iterations. They were very careful about getting it right. They started by making really exotic measurements on places on the neck and everything – fret height, width, all the dimensions on the neck and the body – and then they sent it to me and I went to work. I said, ‘Well, it’s off by a 32nd of an inch at the heel,’ and ‘The E string is too close to the edge at this part.’ They went back and forth, and there were about three iterations, and by the time they were done, the prototype felt exactly like my Les Paul. It also sounded just like it. It was quite amazing to see the care they took – I wasn’t sure how careful they were going to be – but they took a lot of care into physically getting the guitar right. It was beautiful.”
How come no Mighty Mouse sticker?
[Laughs] “I think there was an issue with trademark rights, with them being actually able to provide it with the guitar. I think and I’m hoping that somebody can come up with a Mighty Mouse sticker that can get approved. Mine was a bumper sticker!”