She arrived last week, but I'm just getting around to posting a couple of NGDs from the past week.
I'd been looking around online forever to find the perfect Angelus for me, and when I saw the pics of this one, I knew I'd found the one
. I had to have it, so I traded a couple of my newest and nicest Ibanez Prestige for it.
When she got here she was even more beautiful than the pics I'd seen. It is just a stunningly beautiful guitar, and an amazing sounding/playing example of early Caparison craftsmanship.
The amber finish on the guitar is like looking through honey colored glass, and is just flawlessly done. The flame patterns on the top move with the light unlike any guitar I've owned. Depending on the angle and the light, the top changes entirely, displaying different layers of flames and an insane vertical grain pattern in the maple.
It came loaded with Dimarzios, but since I took the photos I've changed the pickups out to my customary set of Suhr Doug Aldrich pickups, and with them, it is truly one of the finest instruments I've ever played.
As a cool bonus, this one came with a letter on Caparison letterhead, from the main luthier at Caparison, addressed to Robbin Crosby of RATT before he passed away, indicating that he made the guitar for Robbin. I remember seeing a few auctions for Robbin's Caparisons many years ago, so I don't doubt that this could have been one of them.
Always loved Robbin's playing, so it's pretty awesome to own a guitar that could have been one of his. RIP.
On to the guitar porn!