faracaster said:Hi All
As most of you know Gene Baker had a great guitar company at the beginning of this decade. Baker Guitars. I was a huge proponent of Baker guitars and owned many (read lots) of his very special guitars. I still have one remaining of those.
Thanks to Lance at Rays Guitars I have been able to sample the reinvention of Baker as B3 guitars.
Gene has returned with a vengeance !!!!!! This is actually my second B3. I got a an Earth model (his flat top Jr. style model) a few weeks ago and I love it. But this is his carved maple top model he calls Fire. As you can see in the pix, this is one exceptional looking guitar. With the subtle honeyburst stain just accenting the superior eastern flame maple top, it is stunning in person. The mineral deposits in the top and the spaulting make this guitar a real individual in the galaxy of thousands of flame topped beauties. This is one of only four Korina bodied Fire guitars he is making. They are serial numbers 48 thru 51. This is #51, the last of the bunch. The body is finished in an aged cherry, a perfect and classic complement to the burst top. The head stock has an ebony overlay. And the fingerboard....ohh the fingerboard, is one of the most gorgeous pieces of Brazilian rosewood I’ve ever seen.
Okay so it looks stunning (IMHO) , but does it perform at that level. It is loaded with two Wolfetone Dr. Vintage pickups. I hadn’t heard these Wolfetone pickups until Larry Bethune brought over his Historic Les Paul Custom a few weeks ago. I was mightily impressed. Although he had a model called Marshallheads installed in the LP, I knew these Dr. Vintage models had a good chance of being as cool as them. I have to say.....the bridge pickup is the closest I’ve ever heard to a real good PAF. This pickup has that “click” that PAFs have. In addition, when turned down to a rhythm volume there seems to be a slightly out of phase tone almost Tele bridge meets a good Strat in the bridge/middle position. This guitar has a very individual sound. I could tell in the first 10 seconds of plugging it in. This I might say is my fav bridge humbucker tone I’ve ever owned. I guess that’s worth the price of admission alone. The neck pickup is also very cool, low output, clear and clean. Not as individual as the bridge pickup but very nice and sweet. Through my 66’ Bassmaster with a 2x12 Vox cab with Celestion Golds, this guitar gave up all the goods. I was able (with the twist of the volume controls) to achieve some quacky country stylings, smooth blues rhythm, chimey pop chords, stinging blues/rock solos and vicious, snarly rock tones. Can you tell I’ll be spankin’ this plank for some time to come?
In conclusion, this is an expensive bit of wood and metal but...........what price glory? :^)
It was worth every penny.
Thanks Lance for another great guitar.
Sure is. Nice and deep.bolero said:that is pretty friggin nice :banana:
is the top carved?