Thanks Jay Cal, Jono, Sniperfrommars1,
I will see if I can bum a digital to get some more pics of the V up.
The one next to it... lol! Long story!
My "Snake" Guitar...
It does get some attention anywhere it goes...
My best friend (and guitar player in my band in the early 90's) wanted to build this custom axe. So he ordered the parts for this guitar; a Performance mahogany body, Charvel or Jackson aftermarket neck, all gold Schaler hardware and I think he had a dimarzio pickup.
Well, he put it together (leaving it unfinished wood grain) but didnt know the correct measurements for where the bridge should be. He never could get it dialed in intonation wise and finally gave up in frustration ordering himself a BC Rich Gunslinger and leaving this guitar to set in his bedroom collecting dust.
I think at the time, I had the Ibanez and the Charvel 4, both with tremolo's and it was a real bitch to tune down to do Ratt or Zakk era Ozzy tunes, so I was in the market for a fixed bridge guitar to make tuning up and down easier. I finally conned him out of it for about $300 bucks. I ripped it all apart, filled in the bridge mounting holes he drilled, re-drilled em in the right place and talked to this local guy that was famous in the area for custom air brush jobs on hotrods and such. He had painted a 68 vette that a friend of mine owned and it was just the most beautiful paint job I have ever seen on any car to this date.
So anyway, after I spent about 3 days sealing and sanding the body till it was smooth as glass, I took it to Denny to talk about the paint job. I knew I wanted it to be the same color as my friends vette, and had come up with the idea of opposing light silver to dark silver stripes as the base paint layer if he could do it, then a graphic of some kind and then the vette brandywine red. Hehe I was really into Lynch at the time so I asked Denny to do a skull graphic of some kind. He said "I dont do any death or satanic stuff"... I said, "uh, ok... what will you do?" he said "I like snakes and can do a mean cobra" I said, "there ya go, call me when youre done with it."
Couple of weeks later, thats what I picked up. Its the base opposing silver stripes with a cobra flaired up in between the pickup and neck with a star shaped light glint on one of the fangs. The snakes body goes down to the cut out, turning torwards the back then morphing into hot rod flames that come up around the volume and tone knobs. All finished with a deep brandywine red.
I got it back, put it together with the EMG-81 pickup, took it to the local axe shop to get the intonation set where the guy at the music store surprised the heck out of me
by offering me $1,200 for it right after he got finished setting it up.
Being that I had just finished putting it together and hadnt had a chance to play it myself, I kept it and still have it today.
I love the way it sounds and plays... because of the heavy mahogany body and solid bridge, it really sings long and strong. Enough so that you don't even need an amp to sit around and play along with the radio or TV even though I usually am plugged in for the distortion. It is really quick and easy to tune up or down to practice different tunes unlike the other tremolo equipped axes I own, and on top of all that, I know there isn't another one like it in the entire world.
The buddy that I bought it from has been trying to get it back ever since!!