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The Guitars

The Details.

First.  Lefties are strongly encouraged! 

And, yes. I build each one of these guitars, one at a time. It's personal. Back to the description...


Any resonator style can be made 100% acoustic, or with any combination of

piezo or magnetic pickup. Please ask if you have questions.

Headstock symbol... 

NO, it is not the sign of the devil.  It is the alchemical symbol for mercury. Thus, the whole name of my brand, Mercury Lab. The curve above the head is a cup. They aren’t horns. I have a long relationship with this magical element. My first trade and art is neon. Mercury is used to brighten up the gas inside a neon tube. Mercury looks like liquid silver. My guitars remind me of that so the symbol was a perfect fit.


And, this is a metal guitar.  I purposely use a piece of aluminum with sheet metal screws for the image as opposed to an inlay to differentiate it from a wood guitar.


The beer tab volume and tone knobs...

They are optional.  I get it. You might not want to endorse a crappy beer. You might not want to endorse beer at all.  But, if you earned your stripes as a musician playing in crappy bars week after week, and you drink, these knobs are for you. Lord knows, I’ve put down down plenty of crappy beer while playing crappy gigs.  But, hey! Its on the house!

As I stated, these are custom guitars. If you want custom beer tab knobs, you can send me what you want and I will make them. Just don't ask for Coors or Bud Lite, because that ain't happening :-)

The sound hole cover...

I know you are spending a lot on a highly crafty product. But, this is another reminder to keep it real!!! It is a shower drain cover from your local hardware store.  It’s meant to be that way.


The pickup switch cover...

Also optional. But, I call New Orleans my home.  Crawfish is king and so are king cake babies.  If you bite into a king cake at Mardi Gras, you have to throw the next party. As a musician, that is your job anyway.  Eating crawfish while playing guitar is not recommended, so the claw is meant  as a reminder to keep your hands clean.

The surface...

Highly polished aluminum and chrome can scratch pretty easily.  Unless you are whaling on it like Kurt Cobain, you probably won’t have a problem. But, these things are meant to be played. Like any other guitar, if you ding it, you know you are doing something right.  Wear it with pride.

Oh yeah.  Play it if you buy it!!!

In all sincerity, I would be honored if you did.