In particular, I'm looking for one of the last Emperors made / assembled in Philadelphia, which would have to be a '54 I guess.
It has elevator buttons!?!I don't play jazz, and completely impractical...
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...but still might be fun to take the stage with the biggest m***** f***** out there!
Considering the prices on these things nowadays, I might have to settle with the Emp's little brother instead...
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A guitar that is not affected by temp and humidity. Aristides 060... one piece Arium, (not your dad's Carbon fiber).
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Pure Carbon fiber for guitars was already done and dusted in the '80s. Anyone that's still using it today is showcasing a lack of true innovation, failure to understand good guitar tone, and perhaps a slavish pursuit of buzzwords purely for commercial interests.
I owned one of these, but it didn't stick around. Firstly, Arium is the real deal. Resonant, full spectrum, 'more' of everything sonically. Sounded awesome. Reasonable weight, perfect quality, top-notch hardware. It fell down in a couple of areas for me though. Mine had the 'raw' finish with the in-molded color. It looked cool and didn't get marked up, but that stuff felt weird on the back of the neck to me and I never got used to it. I'm not particularly sensitive to that kind of stuff either. The neck was thin, too thin, but I could have lived with it. The fret board edges though...not rolled at all, squared almost to the point of sharp. Because it is Richlite, you can't just roll the edges a bit. It would be a major undertaking, very time consuming and with a lot of possibility of screwing it up. I noticed those hard FB edges every time I played it. Ultimately I couldn't live with it and moved it one. Incredible guitars, but not for me.
The full-western is the only iteration of single cutaway 6120 that I've never owned. I'm in the process of remedying that oversight, albeit cheating a little by going through the Custom Shop.I know that Chet Atkins wasn’t thrilled with the overly kitschy western/cowboy aesthetics of the first year 6120, but to me, that’s the coolest part. It would be super neat to own an original ‘55 (although I do own an original ‘59 6120, and that’s super nifty as well).
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