About two months ago I came into possession of my first Universe through this site's sale ads, and the price seemed reasonable. I've ALWAYS wanted a swirled axe since the 'Snake/P&W era, and I finally could afford to pick up one.
After purchasing I discovered through the resources in these pages that Darren J. hadn't swirled all the original Uni's, and after inspection cmae to the undoubted conclusion that mine was indeed a MKR' guitar. THe swirl had faded considerably, and you could really see quite a bit of primer coat underneath the finish, so I immediately contacted Darren to undergo the project of refinishing the latest addition to my family.
After thoroughly scolding me for shipping the body the way I did, he told me he'd really make my head spin with a new finish in the original Universe paint scheme. I had certainly had my high hopes, due to the fact that I'd never had a guitar finished. . . just for me!!! So, it was really a thrill to follow him through e-mail and phone conversations on the detailed finishing process which took a mere few weeks.
Anyhow, upon recieving the "final" piece, I am in absolute awe at how beautiful this piece is! I knew after catching a view at the "noew legendary" BMC that I was in for a shocker, and I think the smile still has not left my face from the time I opened up the box and caught a glimpse of this new finish.
I immediately went in search of Memphis' most coveted luthier, the famous Tom "TK" Kekler (head guitar medic for too many artists to name and former assosiate of Schecter and Tom Anderson) who appraised the finish from top to bottom and deemed it worthy of the best. Within two weeks and a couple bucks later, I finally have my newly assembled (and vastly improved visually and sonically) Universe - Th eonly REALY modification it needed was a new pickup switcher and the pickups have been mounted on thin pieces of rosewood that are directly mounted to the body. I truly love just looking at this beast, and it truly rivals or surpasses any other finish I've seen yet. Anyhow, here is the before. . .
AND after. . . .
I can never thank Darren enough for all the kind, honest, and absolutley magnificent service he's done for me - You're the best!!!!