I know this post is just shy of ten years old, but I wanted to announce that I actually have an ENTIRE website dedicated solely to Blues Saraceno gear
- INCLUDING my very own, mint-condition "Watermelon Plaid" Yamaha RGZ820R
The guitar comes loaded with Blues' signature PATB-3 Seymour Duncan pickups
. That little moniker stands for "Parallel Axis Trembucker", which is derived from the fact that the pickup magnets are actually parallel "bars" that go around the string, as opposed to directly underneath it. In theory, the reduced, direct magnetic interference is supposed to increase sustain. Now, while I'm sure the effect is minimal at best, I will say that these pickups truly deliver.
I am constantly impressed with everything this guitar has to offer. To address some questions above, yes, it is painted as opposed to covered. Only the front bears the Watermelon Plaid effect. The back is a glossy black.
I searched for the guitar for over TEN years - starting when I was 15. This involved checking eBay, and craigslist, every three days for the span of a decade. Patience, perseverance and persistence, that's what life is all about!
For those looking to buy one of their own, just fyi I paid around $900 for it, but I've seen them go for as low as $450 in some places. I wanted this guitar forever, and had spent the years looking simulatneously saving - so who knows, maybe having to wait ten years was a blessing in disguise.
Now, if you're a true Saraceno fan, please allow me to blow your mind by stating that I also have....
One of his ORIGINAL Dirty Boy Amplifiers
Yep, handmade by his father Alex Saraceno (builder of the now-acclaimed Dirty Boy Pedals
) on their kitchen table in Ventura, California, the Dirty Boy amp is considered by many to be the single, true holy grail of Blues Saraceno collectors items. I searched for this puppy for over TWELVE years - again, by searching online every three days during that time period.
Fellas, I gotta say, the combination of this guitar and amp is truly breathtaking. The playability on this Yamaha RGZ820R is unmatched by any similar guitar. The neck is wide, but not too wide. Thin, but not too thin. The pickups sing and this amp is truly, truly (I'll repeat, truly) a beast!
Want to see a VIDEO of me jamming out this guitar/amp combo? Care to glance upon some high-res pics of my Yamaha RGZ820R? Feel like checking out my close-up pics of this nasty machine known as the Dirty Boy? Have an urge to see a description and demo of every Dirty Boy pedal currently in production? Then come by my site
and check it out! I built PlaidMouth.com
for people just like YOU. Well, and like me, too! People that are eager to see, know and learn more about Blues Saraceno gear and collectibles.
Oh yeah, I've also met Blues twice, and had a nice conversation with his father about my Dirty Boy amp (he remembered building the very one I own and everything about it - crazy!) They were both incredibly nice and genuine guys. I also have the stories about meeting them posted on the PlaidMouth, as well.
(note to readers - I would be THRILLED to add your own Saraceno guitars, amps, gear, pictures or stories on the site, just click the "Contact and Upload"
link at the top of the site. Also, I also frequently feature these RGZ's for sale
whenever the pop up around the country (just because I have one doesn't mean I stopped looking!) In fact, I just facilitated a sale of an RGZ last week! <-$800 closing price. Look forward to seeing you on the site soon!