Mike Doolin: John Stowell Model
John Stowell is an electric jazz guitarist, but he has a fondness for acoustic guitars as well. He asked me to build him a nylon-string acoustic-electric guitar with as much acoustic quality as possible, but not as susceptible to feedback as a classical guitar with a pickup would be. John requested an arm bevel for right-arm comfort, and a slender neck profile which is closer to his electric guitars.I based the body shape on my Classical model, but reduced the body depth to 2-1/2" to limit the bass frequencies that feed back most easily.
I placed the output jack for the pickup system off center on the bass side, again accommodating John's unusual playing position. Like all my instruments, it has my Adjustable Neck Angle System so John can keep the action low like his electric guitars.
Woods include a German spruce top, cocobolo back and sides, and bloodwood binding.
Soloway: Custom Electric
When I designed the Swan long neck guitar, my intention was to build an instrument that was ideally suited to my own style of playing.
What I wanted was a guitar with maximum articulation, a warm clean tone, and a strong acoustic component. While we succeed at producing exactly that, the Swan also turned out to be a tremendously versatile guitar. The superb articulation that makes it an ideal instrument for a jazz player, makes it an equally powerful tool for playing rock or even country, both in standard tuning, open tuning, and even tuned down as a baritone.
The most obvious tonal characteristic of the Swan is its clarity and articulation. Regardless of whether you're playing clean or distorted, the individual notes seem to jump off the fingerboard. But talk is cheap. The real proof is in the playing. So here are some clips by a few players (including me) so you can hear it for yourself. - Jim Soloway
Write Guitar Soloette: Hybrid Maple
The Hybrid steel string guitar has a slightly narrower neck.
Nut width 1 7/8". Features 22 frets, side dot markers, and strap buttons.
Headphones plug directly into the guitar for stereo sound. (not included) Grado SR60 headphones available on order page.
Guitar plugs directly into a guitar amplifier for use as an electric guitar. Price includes internal amplifier for headphones, soft case, and pickup.
John plays this guitar in YouTube clip - I Wish
Hofner: VeryThin JS
The VeryThin ”John Stowell” Signature model is based on the VeryThin Classic and comes with the ebony and gold hardware of the Höfner Jazzica Custom.
Natural high gloss finish (N). A Limited Edition of 36 instruments with traditional shellac violin varnish (V) will be offered in 2008. (Incl. Höfner Deluxe case).
Verythin JS: Handmade in Germany. From the introspective lament of a jazz lick to the aggressive fire of a rock riff, Hofner's Verythin Classic JS is at home in just about any musical milieu. Its German spruce top and flamed maple back and sides provide a regal backdrop for the Classic's elegant inlays and gold-plated appointments. With the roll of a knob, the unique Clear Contour electronic circuitry of the Verythin Classic can simulate the sound of nearly-silent single-coil or humbucking pickups. This simplicity of operation frees the guitarist to concentrate on the performance rather than risk distraction from awkward switches or gimmicks.
John also uses a Bobby Warren custom electric guitar. For amps, he uses AER Acousticube 120, Acoustic Image Chorus, Hendrickson Jazz Amp, Howertone custom tube amp.