Your Signature Guitar?

Buddy Blaze SevenatorThere’s a really cool discussion over at the Seymour Duncan User Group Forum right now: if you had a signature guitar, what would it be? Forum member Dr. Vegetable posed the following questions: Which company called you? Which standard model in their product lineup do you base your sig off of? (Need not be in current production.) What specs do you insist upon that make it uniquely yours? What other customizations do you make to the guitar? What special piece of “case candy” goes with it as a collector’s item? I gave it a great deal of thought, because there are a lot of companies I’d love to have a signature guitar through. I replied with one answer, but then I realised I really have two. So below are my responses, the original and the one that hit me after I’d already hit ‘post.’

Q1: Which company called you?
Ibanez

Q2: Which standard model in their product lineup do you base your sig off of?
Universe

Q3: What specs do you insist upon that make it uniquely yours?
Seymour Duncan Magnetar, SSL-5 and Sentient pickups, push-pull coil split on the volume knob, adjustable boost on the tone knob, carving on the back of the treble-side cutaway for better access, big fat neck, 28″ scale length, rosewood fretboard.

Q4: What other customizations do you make to the guitar?
Mint pickguard, black finish, mint binding, chrome hardware. Imagine a black ’62 Strat crossed with a Universe.
Q5: What special piece of “case candy” goes with it as a collector’s item?
A curly cord by Bullet Cable, a Black W Silver Racer X Guitar Strap by Couch Guitar Straps, extra loaded pickguard with three 7-string Alnico II Pro single coils.

Or…

Q1: Which company called you?
Buddy Blaze

Q2: Which standard model in their product lineup do you base your sig off of?
My prototype ‘Sevenator‘ 7-string.

Q3: What specs do you insist upon that make it uniquely yours?
Seymour Duncan Magnetar and Sentient pickups, push-pull coil split on the volume knob, adjustable boost on the tone knob.

Q4: What other customizations do you make to the guitar?
Basswood body, rosewood fretboard. Otherwise it’d be just like my Sevenator proto.

Q5: What special piece of “case candy” goes with it as a collector’s item?
A curly cord by Bullet Cable, a Black W Silver Racer X Guitar Strap by Couch Guitar Straps, extra loaded pickguard with three 7-string Alnico II Pro single coils.

I guess my reasons for changing the woods on the Blaze (and adding a tone knob) are that I’m just more used to those particular wood combinations, even though Basswood isn’t necessarily the most lively, tonally interesting wood out there. It’s just the one I have the most experience in controlling. And my reasons for the Ibanez: what can I say – I’m an Ibanez nerd. And my Taylor SolidBody is also a great guitar that I had design input in. And now that I think about it, I’d love a signature Les Paul made with the same wood combination as a Music Man AXIS and similarly-voiced pickups. So really, I guess I’m lucky I’m not in the position to have a signature guitar, because how could I ever choose? I would hope that if that day ever came I’d hope to have non-exclusive endorsements like Misha Mansoor, who plays a whole bunch of guitars, each of which he believes in whole-heartedly, and therefore when Misha puts his stamp of approval on a guitar it means a lot because you know he only plays things that meet his standards.

So what about you? What would your ideal signature guitar be like? Have a go at answering the questions for yourself:

Q1: Which company called you?
Q2: Which standard model in their product lineup do you base your sig off of?
Q3: What specs do you insist upon that make it uniquely yours?
Q4: What other customizations do you make to the guitar?
Q5: What special piece of “case candy” goes with it as a collector’s item?