Custom Design

Custom Models

Manzer Custom Models are wild and yet still wonderful to listen to and beautiful to behold.

Endangered Species Model

This is a custom version of the Manzer Au Naturel Archtop commissioned in 1990 by the Canadian Museum of Civilization. (For more details about Manzer Guitars in museums visit the Museum Page.)

INLAY

After receiving this commission, I realized that whatever I produced would likely be scrutinized carefully by many people long into the future. I decided to create inlay images that would both speak to the notion of "au naturel" and also mark the moment in Canadian history when the guitar was constructed. And so, at each fret marker, I inlayed images of Canadian wildlife species (aspects of nature) that were on the endangered list when the instrument was built.

On this instrument you'll find inlayed images of the Dawson Caribou, Eastern Cougar, Bowhead Whale, Swift Fox, Whooping Crane, Burrowing Owl, Sea Otter and Ferruginous Falcon.

INLAY MATERIALS

Abalone, Mother of Pearl, Copper, Bone, Paint

 

Sitar Guitar

This guitar sounds quite a bit like a Sitar.

See/hear Tony McManus play it in concert.

 

Pikasso

This custom instrument was created for Pat Metheny in 1984. Linda and Pat collaborated on the design together. Featured is the original version of The "Wedge" ©™ 1984.

VIDEO

See/hear Pat Metheny playing the Pikasso Guitar live in concert in Warsaw with Anna Maria Jopek & Friends.

ORIGIN

In 1984 Pat Metheny asked me to design and build a guitar with "as many strings as possible." The resulting collaboration was the Pikasso guitar. In 1992 I was asked by the late Scott Chinery to build a strictly acoustic version of Metheny's Pikasso. Thus, Pikasso II. This second Pikasso was recently on display at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in a show called "Dangerous Curves".

INGREDIENTS

Indian Rosewood Back and Sides, German Spruce top, Mahogany Necks, Ebony fingerboards, bridges and face plates, Pau abalone decorative trim Boxwood, Rosewood, Abalone Rosette Brass insets for mounting on stand.

SPECIAL FEATURES

Four necks. Two sound holes. Two access doors; one on the upper player's side and one at the tail block (based on a panel door design by the brilliant -Abraham Wechter).

The "WEDGE" (TM 1984) is a special feature I designed specifically for this instrument. The body is tapered so that the side closest to the player is thinner than the side that rests on the players knee, thus leaning the top back towards the player for a more aerial view. This is also more comfortable under the player's arm. This feature is available as an option on all my flattop guitars. This instrument was outfitted with a complete state of the art piezo pickup system (designed and installed by Mark Herbert, Boston). This included a hexaphonic pickup on the 6 string section that allowed Metheny to access his Syclavier computersystem thus triggering any sound including sampled sounds. (Saxophone sampling can be heard on the song "Mob Job.") Two mounting holes on the treble side (knee side) are such that the guitar can be mounted on internal brass insets attaching to a stand, leaving hands free for playing or viewing. Brass side bridges were made by Linda and machinist Bruce West.

This instrument took 2 years to build (approximately 1000 hours), and when the 42 strings are tuned to concert pitch, the Pikasso is under approximately 1000 lbs pressure. It weighs 6.7 kg (14 3/4 lbs).

HEAR THE PIKASSO ON MANY RECORDINGS

Anna Maria Jopek and Pat Metheny Metheny Trio Live - "Into the Dream" 2001

Metheny/Jim Hall CD - "Into the Dream" - 2000

Metheny "Imaginary Day" CD - "Into the Dream" 2000

ALSO: Pat Metheny / Ornette Coleman "SONG X " (Geffen 9 24096-2) Cut: Mob Job, Pat Metheny "

Secret Story " (Geffen GEFN-24468) Cuts: Finding and Believing, Rain River, As the Blossom Flowers (I will Come to You)

Pat Metheny with Kenny Garrett "Pursuance" Cut: "After the Rain"

PMG Netcast: patmethenygroup.com.

MEMORABILIA

A Pikasso poster is now available. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.

Little Manzer

Sure it's small but... sometimes that's what you need.

See/hear Pat Metheny wow the crowd at a concert in Warsaw with his Little Manzer.

 

 

The Bear

The Bear was designed and built to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Manzer Guitars.

FEATURES

The inspiration for the guitar came from its unique bear claw top. ("Bear claw" refers to a distinctive feature found in a few spruce trees which makes the wood look as if it has been gouged by the massive claws of a bear.)

Special features include an intricate inlay that celebrates the life of bears in their natural habitat. The bears depicted are rare "Kermode" (pronounced "Ker-Mode-E") or "spirit" bears. While spirit bears resemble polar bears (or albinos), they are actually a variety of black bear found only in northern British Columbia. The inlayed illustration was created using mother of pearl, gold pearl and wood burl bordered by a purple heart and curly maple bevelled veneer.