I absolutely have to tell you about the custom Schoen guitar our good friend Scott brought in for some work. Focusing on totally handmade instruments with an old-world feel, Kurt Schoen makes guitars that bridge the gap between homemade cigar box instruments and top-end resonators from the golden era. We’ve dubbed this one “The Snakecaster”.

Made from reclaimed barn wood, this guitar has a decidedly unique story. Scott tells me that the Schoen family was out camping when a rattlesnake wandered into camp and started making threatening noise. You can guess what happened next, and as a result this guitar reads like a visual story, with the pickups covered in the skin of said rattlesnake, and the fretboard adorned with the Colt .45 casing that killed it.

Aside from those somewhat morbid touches, the guitar is set off tonally by the hand-hammered brass fixtures made by Schoen’s daughter which lend a touch of regal beauty.

It looks good and sounds woody, a little boxy, but mean. I love it!

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