First.,Lefties are strongly encouraged! After all. I am one. No upcharge. I will actually give you a discount if ordered direct because of all we had to deal with growing up wishing we could have more choices.
And, yes. I build each one of these guitars, one at a time. It's personal. Back to the description...
All resonator body shapes and surface designs are the same price. The cost difference is in amplification. The electric guitar amplification is pretty standard.
Any resonator style can be made 100% acoustic, or with any combination of
piezo or magnetic pickups. I use Seymore Duncan for magnetic pickups at the neck,and Shatten Design for piezo pickups at the bridge. The magnetics are generally P.A.F. humbuckers or Phat Cat P-90s. Base price is $2100. Add $100 for one pickup. Add $250 for both, but, that includes an internal preamp that can blend the two pickups in custom ways. My electric guitars are typical with distinct design changes.
NO, it is not the sign of the devil. It is the alchemical symbol for mercury. Thus, the name of my brand, Mercury Lab. 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.
I purposely use a cut out design in aluminum attached with sheet metal screws for the headstock image as opposed to an inlay. It is a metal guitar after all. I want to carry that notion from bridge to neck.
The beer tab volume and tone knobs...
They are COMPLETELY optional. I typically use standard chrome knobs. And, 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! Honestly, they can be N/A. You can send me your favorite tops and I will make the control knob from it. I do it often.
I originally started this project with the whole DIY cigar box guitar influence. It has turned a bit more sophisticated, so now there are various finishes, from satin, to sparkle, to distressed like an old beat up car, to polished enough you could shave in front of it. I hand form all the walls and then weld the face and back. It takes a good two weeks to complete a resonator body.
Oh yeah. Play it if you buy it!!!
In all sincerity, I would be honored if you did.