Sakura Portraits

All that remains in the Sakura build is the case and to complete the binding of the journal. So while we’re waiting for those components I decided to get some portraits taken. Hope you enjoy them.

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Closeup of the amazing detail and precious gold inlay of the hand engraved plates.

 

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Here’s a front shot that shows the overall form. I really like the way the tone knob shows the cherry color. I enjoy the small details so I try to work them in so that they continue to delight as time goes on.

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So many things today are built to “wow” you on first blush, but then they’re done. That’s why they get “upgraded” or traded off by their owners. Sakura’s charms are subtly hidden from immediate view, which allows them to be revealed slowly over time. You’ll probably never find them all.

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24k yellow gold sun. Click on the photo for more detail.

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Yellow, rose and green gold inlets. Click for more detail.

Here’s the back profile showing how the entire form works together.

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Jol Dantzig is a guitar builder, designer, writer and filmmaker. He has worked for Gibson, Fender, Guild, Ovation, Gretsch, and was a founding partner of Hamer guitars—one of the first boutique custom guitar brands. Dantzig’s work has been played by hundreds of artists including Sting, Steve Stevens, Larry Coreyell, Dug Pinnick, Billy Gibbons, Keb Mo’, Nick Lowe, KK Downing, Glenn Tipton, John Abercrombie, Glen Campbell, Rick Nielsen, Kenny Vaughan, Lita Ford, James Honeyman Scott, Elliott Easton, Andy Summers, Peter Frampton, Martin Barre, Lyle Workman, Brad Gillis, George Harrison, Jeff Ament, Dweezil Zappa, Jeff Tweedy, Nancy Wilson—and many others.

8 thoughts on “Sakura Portraits”

  1. Awesome. Simply put, a work of good taste, fine craftsmanship, dedication and poetry. Thinking about the details, seeing the whole project as a bigger picture yet.
    Cheers from Brazil, and keep transforming ideas into tangible dreams, Jol.

  2. Absolutely perfectly wonderful. Some lucky bastard is going to own that, but not this poor boy.

  3. Jol, the guitar is beautiful. Does this put pressure on you to outdo yourself with the subtle details and overall design on future projects? Are customers requesting more in the guitars you design for them once they see what has been done on guitars like the Sakura and Crow?

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