E.O.S. (East of Sweden)

photo above by Tim Bugbee

This guitar was designed specifically for Emil Amos, the mastermind behind the project HOLY SONS. He's also the drummer for the band OM, multi-instrumentalist for the band Grails, and one half of the project Lilacs and Champagne. Emil Amos is no doubt prolific in his songwriting-he's written and recorded thousands of songs and continues to remix and release them every year.

We spent about a year planning out every aspect of this guitar, with tone and ergonomics at the forefront. It has a chambered mahogany body capped with figured Oregon Walnut, cryogenically frozen Lollar "tweed" pickups, and a uber-lightweight butternut neck. He wanted a special inlay on the fretboard to signify the genesis of his LSD fueled songwriting at an early age.  Late nights, writing songs by candlelight, exploring the boundaries of songwriting and his own mind.

The East of Sweden guitar has a chambered mahogany body with a walnut top that is incredibly resonant. It has quite an unusual neck

It is an incredible opportunity and honor to be able build this guitar for Emil Amos, as he's one of my all-time favorite musicians. Have a listen to his various projects in the highlighted links above.

Starting at $2500 USD

Frozen Pickups?

When I first heard of cryogenically freezing parts I was skeptical. There’s a pair of machinists that take lessons for guitar and banjo at Bishline Acoustic Academy that told me all about their new cryo machine. They have made parts here and there for us at the banjo company.

They use the machine to freeze engine blocks for professional racing teams, who swear by the process. The process slowly lowers the temperature in the chamber to -300 degrees, then comes back to room temperature over several hours. Apparently this alters the structural alignment of atoms in metal and other materials, making any imperfections realign into it’s intended grid-like structure. This improves the efficiency of electrical current flow in wires.

The machinists told me about a power cord for a sander in their shop, that started to get hot when the sander was in use. They put it in the machine, and after the process no longer got hot. What is this voodoo?! Let’s throw some pickups in there! Emil was game for it so we “cryoed” his set of Lollar pickups. Like a dummy, I didn’t A/B the before and after but they sounded amazing in this guitar (as all Lollars do).

Photo above by Tim Bugbee

Photo above by Tim Bugbee

Gotoh locking tuners

Gotoh locking tuners

eos-inlay-detail
Dished arm bevel

Dished arm bevel

Bigsby inspired headstock

Bigsby inspired headstock

Uncovered Lollar pickups for the rawest tone available

Uncovered Lollar pickups for the rawest tone available