Mami sasazaki’s DevilJet

I started building this guitar in August, 2014 for the Japanese guitarist Mami Sasazaki of the band Scandal.

My aim was to create a guitar that was visually and sonically aggressive, like a gleaming muscle car being driven way too fast.

The body and neck are hand made from Australian bloodwood, a dense and heavy timber with incredible resonance and sustain. I have built three other guitars with bloodwood, all having a unique clarity and bell-like quality to their sound. Due to the timber’s weight, the guitar has been chambered both upper and lower, leaving a full, solid center block to hold the guitar’s sustain.

The neck has been designed to suit the playing style of Mami, who plays a lot of octaves and middle neck chords. The neck is slightly wider at the nut so the string spacing is more even for playing is such a manner. I flattened the neck out to be the same thickness up to the 16th fret (22mm thickness), making it more comfortable for solos and playing higher up the fretboard.

Body: Bloodwood

Neck: Bloodwood

Fretboard: Ebony

Faceplate: Ebony

Binding: Flame Maple

Inlay: Mother of pearl

Nut: Mother of pearl

Frets: Stainless steel

Tuners: Sperzel locking tuners

Pickups: TV Jones PowerTron Plus

Vibrato: Bigsby B3

Finish: Nitrocellulous

Strings: Ernie Ball Hybrid Slinky 9 – 46

Tim Meaco of The Lockhearts playing Mami Sasazaki’s new Honey Tea DevilJet.

(Amp: 1975 Sunn Model T + Fender Twin Reverb)

Kat Ayala of Force & Fury playing Mami Sasazaki’s new Honey Tea DevilJet.

(Amp: Fender Twin Reverb)

Sam Sheumack of The Lockhearts playing Mami Sasazaki’s new Honey Tea DevilJet.

(Amp: Fender Twin Reverb)


 

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