Incoming Kostal OM Cutaway - Built for David Wilcox
We have been incredibly lucky to witness some utterly mouth-watering instruments come through our London showroom already this year, and this Kostal OM Cutaway in Indian Rosewood is one we just cannot wait to get our hands on!
Built by our dear friend and master luthier Jason Kostal for one of his heroes, singer-songwriter David Wilcox, this Kostal OM Cutaway is set to arrive here at TNAG in the next few weeks.
We caught up with Jason today to chat about the incoming guitar and what it meant to be building for one of his idols!
"There are a few times in one's life path where the stars seem to align and everything you had hoped would happen...does!
For me, one of those moments came about a year ago when I received a commission for a guitar from the incredible American singer/ songwriter, David Wilcox. I have been listening to David's music since 1990 and would honestly say that he is my favourite musician. I have had the chance to meet him over the years, after shows, and things like that, but nothing where he would remember the moment, and I never chose to mention that I was a guitar builder that dreamed of building for him one day, as that just seemed strange to me. About a year ago, I was having a conversation with another amazing musician, Willy Porter, and he asked me who, if anyone, I was really interested in building for. My immediate response was David Wilcox. We had a long talk about what that would be like, and I started to wonder if that would be possible some day. Literally two days later, Paul Heumiller from Dream Guitars, sent me a picture of David Wilcox in his shop in North Carolina playing one of my MDs. He told me that he and David had talked at length about my guitars and that David will most likely be getting in touch soon. A day later I received my first email from David, and this amazing journey began.
The original concept from David was that he was very happy with his Rain Song guitars on the road. He owns a few Olson's and has since made those "home-based" guitars for recording and practising, and the Rain Song, being pretty much indestructible, became his "go-to" stage guitar. When we talked, he mentioned that the guitar that I was building for him would be his new "home" guitar and that there was no need to worry about electronics or anything like that. He asked me to make him the best guitar possible and I set out to do just that. The guitar that I created was this Indian Rosewood OMC. The back and sides are an old growth rosewood that are wonderfully dark and consistent grain throughout. I made every effort to make this one of the best sounding guitars that I have made as I wanted David to be happy with it and enjoy it for years to come.
Three weeks ago David emailed me as the guitar was getting its neck on and getting ready to go to finish and mentioned in the email that "He was super excited for this to be his new stage guitar, and attached to the email is a 6 page document outlining the 9 different pickup systems and where they go, and how they are wired, as well as 12 photographs, and a 22 minute video outlining his pickups and their usage"!
David Wilcox - Ocean Soul...
As I watched the video, and read his notes, I realized that while the Rain Song, being made out of Carbon Fiber, could handle having these systems installed, no normal guitar could handle the weight or the location of his setup. The end black along needs to be 7 inches wide to account for 4 output jacks, two of which use Pendulum Audio SPS1 preamps. I started to think about the guitar that I was making and the work that had gone into it and realized that I had two options. One option was to continue with the guitar that I was making based on our original conversations and intended use, recognizing that I had met my obligation, but also realizing that it may not meet David's new, intended needs once he received it. The second option was to start over from scratch and build a guitar that is the best guitar that I can make while building it specifically to house 9 different pickup systems. It only took a few minutes for me to decide which path I wanted to take, and so that day, despite over 4 months going into building this guitar, I started a new one.
A Previously Sold - Kostal OM Madagascar Rosewood / German Spruce
The OMC that my exclusive European dealer The North American Guitar is receiving in a few weeks time, started out being one of the most exciting projects that I have worked on, and it truly has my heart and soul in it. I am excited by the new guitar that I am making for David that will meet all of his touring needs, but this guitar definitely has something special in it. I feel good knowing that someone will have this guitar in their collection in the future, and will be getting a very memorable guitar from me. I also appreciate The North American Guitar recognizing that this was a special guitar, and talking me out of my desire to keep it and allowing it to find a home where it can sing the way that it was meant to."