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This is the instrument that started it all back in 1984; the Quick Co-necked Doubleneck featured individual components that could be attached to create any doubleneck combination This is the instrument that started it all back in 1984; the Quick Co-necked Doubleneck featured individual components that could be attached to create any doubleneck combination
This V was the first guitar ever commissioned to be built after we made the move from repairs and modification work to a full-fledged Custom Shop in 1984

This V was the first guitar ever commissioned to be built after we made the move from repairs and modification work to a full-fledged Custom Shop in 1984

The guitar that started it all Here is another picture of it with its proud owner Karla Hayes
We always liked the funky shape and simple but cool graphic on this guitar we built in 1985 We always liked the funky shape and simple but cool graphic on this guitar we built in 1985
This Great White guitar was  on our Boomerang This Great White guitar was designed around our Boomerang bodystyle
This modern take on a retro design was made for Lauren Molinare of the 80's band Little Caesar This modern take on a retro design was made for Lauren Molinare of the 80's band Little Caesar
This dinky explorer-style guitar was built in 1987 This dinky explorer-style guitar was built in 1987
This extremely unique guitar was built for Butch Walker of the 80's band South Gang This extremely unique guitar was built for Butch Walker of the 80's band South Gang
This unusual guitar was ordered back about 86 or 87 by a player that just liked the name. He must have also had a slight fondness for Bo Diddley This unusual guitar was ordered back about 86 or 87 by a player that just liked the name. He must have also had a slight fondness for Bo Diddley
Close up view of the Elec-Trick body Closeup view of the Elec-Trick body
Our original model line consisted of some of the most radical & yet practical bodystyle & headstock designs. This bodystyle called the Elec-Trick was introduced in 1984 & refined in 88 Our original model line consisted of some of the most radical & yet practical bodystyle & headstock designs. This bodystyle called the Elec-Trick was introduced in 1984 & refined in 88
This is another one of the radical bodystyles from our 1988 model line. This design is called the Boomerang This is another one of the radical bodystyles from our 1988 model line. This design is called the Boomerang
This cool graphic on one of our late 80's Sidewinders featured a Zebra's head blended into a larger Zebra stripe pattern This cool graphic on one of our late 80's Sidewinders featured a Zebra's head blended into a larger Zebra stripe pattern
This cool little Sidewinder guitar with a sexy silhouette was built back around 88 or 89 This cool little Sidewinder guitar with a sexy silhouette was built back around 88 or 89
A very cool Tele-style guitar with an incredible faux stone finish also built for Lauren Molinare of Little Caesar fame back about 1989 A very cool Tele-style guitar with an incredible faux stone finish also built for Lauren Molinare of Little Caesar fame back about 1989
Another shot of the faux stone finish from the back Another shot of the faux stone finish from the back
The wicked smoked finish on this early 90's Elec-Trick was done using a kerosene lantern. The guitar belonged to Reggie Wooten The wicked smoked finish on this early 90's Elec-Trick was done using a kerosene lantern. The guitar belonged to Reggie Wooten
Another gorgeous example from our earliest bodystyle designs. This one from 1991 is called the Foxxe Another gorgeous example from our earliest bodystyle designs. This one from 1991 is called the Foxxe
This amazing 7 string guitar was made for Steve Vai in 1991 and features a 3-D carving of a two-headed White Cobra and ancient Mastadon ivory inlays. It can still be seen on his website This amazing 7 string guitar was made for Steve Vai in 1991 and features a 3-D carving of a two-headed White Cobra and ancient Mastadon ivory inlays. It can still be seen on his website
We were asked to create this gorgeous modern version of a retro design in 1992 We were asked to create this gorgeous modern version of a retro design in 1992
One of the first Crossover models we ever built had this distinctive Melted pickguard made of Figured Maple Wenge and figured Cherry One of the first Crossover models we ever built had this distinctive Melted pickguard made of Figured Maple Wenge and figured Cherry
One of the first Sidewinder 7 string basses from late 92 or early 93 One of the first Sidewinder 7 string basses from late 92 or early 93
One of the early Melted Tops on a 93 Crossover guitar One of the early Melted Tops on a 93 Crossover guitar
A beautiful see-through emerald green Sidewinder from the early 90's A beautiful see-through emerald green Sidewinder from the early 90's
A pair of beauties from 1992. The guitar in the front is actually a three-quarter scale guitar built on a 22.75 inch scale length and tuned from A to high A A pair of beauties from 1992. The guitar in the front is actually a three-quarter scale guitar built on a 22.75 inch scale length and tuned from A to high A
This snow white 36 fret Sidewinder 7 string bass from 1992 was one of the very first ever made This snow white 36 fret Sidewinder 7 string bass from 1992 was one of the very first ever made
We developed this 7 channel stereo panning system in 1992 which enabled the player to pan each string anywhere in the stereo spectrum for wicked effects on stage or in the studio We developed this 7 channel stereo panning system in 1992 which enabled the player to pan each string anywhere in the stereo spectrum for wicked effects on stage or in the studio
The Melted Top on this incredible Sidewinder 8 string guitar has always struck us as one of the most beautiful we have ever done The Melted Top on this incredible Sidewinder 8 string guitar has always struck us as one of the most beautiful we have ever done
A pair of gorgeous 4 string Sidewinders from about 1993 A pair of gorgeous 4 string Sidewinders from about 1993
An unusual find is this wonderfully figured piece of Curly Swamp Ash used to create the beautiful 3-piece Melted Top on this Sidewinder 6 string bass from 1993 An unusaul find is this wonderfully figured piece of Curly Swamp Ash used to create the beautiful 3-piece Melted Top on this Sidewinder 6 string bass from 1993
Another example of one of the early Sidewinder 7 strings, this one built in 1993 Another example of one of the early Sidewinder 7 strings, this one built in 1993
Another New Century Series guitar from 1993 Another New Century Series guitar from 1993
Bill Conklin test driving the finished one-of-a-kind  fretted & fretless doubleneck Sidewinder 7 string bass Bill Conklin test driving the finished one-of-a-kind fretted & fretless doubleneck Sidewinder 7 string bass
A very shadowy picture of the amazing doubleneck 7 string bass in its custom made case. A very shadowy picture of the amazing doubleneck 7 string bass in its custom made case.
Darker woods extend into the light colored Maple fretboard on the Wenge & Purpleheart neck while light woods extend into the Macassar Ebony fretless fingerboard on the Maple & Purpleheart Darker woods extend into the light colored Maple fretboard on the Wenge & Purpleheart neck while light woods extend into the Macassar Ebony fretless fingerboard on the Maple & Purpleheart
Thirteen different species of wood were used to create this magnificent Melted Top meant to portray the movement of flames Thirteen-different-species-of-wood-were-used-to-create-this-magnificent-Melted-Top-meant-to-portray-the-movement-of-flames
This picture was taken during the construction of the famous fretted & fretless doubleneck 7 string bass made for John Turner in 1994 This picture was taken during the construction of the famous fretted & fretless doubleneck 7 string bass made for John Turner in 1994
This gorgeous left-handed Sidewinder 7 string bass from 1994 featured Lane Poor pickups and incredibly beautiful Ziricote body wings This gorgeous left-handed Sidewinder 7 string bass from 1994 featured Lane Poor pickups and incredibly beautiful Ziricote body wings
This fantastic fretless 7 string from about 1994 featured a solid figured Maple body that was stained coral red This fantastic fretless 7 string from about 1994 featured a solid figured Maple body that was stained coral red
This extraordinary Sidewinder 7 string bass was built for John Jordan of the Chris Duarte Group, featured an awesome Melted Top & feather inlays. It was stolen shortly thereafter in NYC. This extraordinary Sidewinder 7 string bass was built for John Jordan of the Chris Duarte Group, featured an awesome Melted Top & feather inlays. It was stolen shortly thereafter in NYC.
This wonderful Melted Top Sidewinder 7 string was completed in 1994 This wonderful Melted Top Sidewinder 7 string was completed in 1994
A fantastic 4 string Sidewinder with a solid figured Cherry body and see-through emerald green gloss finish A fantastic 4 string Sidewinder with a solid figured Cherry body and see-through emerald green gloss finish
This 5 string Sidewinder with a Melted Top was delivered to a player in Italy in the mid 90's This 5 string Sidewinder with a Melted Top was delivered to a player in Italy in the mid 90's
A Mother-of-Pearl vine marks the playing positions on this mid 90's Sidewinder 7 A Mother-of-Pearl vine marks the playing positions on this mid 90's Sidewinder 7
A beautiful Sidewinder 7 string bass with one of our exclusive Melted Tops circa 1996 A beautiful Sidewinder 7 string bass with one of our exclusive Melted Tops circa 1996
This 1996 Sidewinder 7 string has always been near and dear to our hearts because of the exceptional Quilt Maple top & headstock, the black cherry color scheme and the oval inlays This 1996 Sidewinder 7 string has always been near and dear to our hearts because of the exceptional Quilt Maple top & headstock, the black cherry color scheme and the oval inlays
A Solid Cherry Sidewinder 5 string bass from 1996 A Solid Cherry Sidewinder 5 string bass from 1996
The solid Cherry 5 string Sidewinder from the back The solid Cherry 5 string Sidewinder from the back
A solid Cherry Sidewinder from the mid 90's A solid Cherry Sidewinder from the mid 90's
This beautiful Sidewinder guitar features a solid Cherry body, Birdseye Maple fingerboard and an exquisite 3-piece Melted pickguard of Birdseye Maple, Cherry & figured Walnut This beautiful Sidewinder guitar features a solid Cherry body, Birdseye Maple fingerboard and an exquisite 3-piece Melted pickguard of Birdseye Maple, Cherry & figured Walnut
This exquisite fretless Sidewinder 7 string features a solid Curly Koa body of exceptional beauty and tonal qualities This exquisite fretless Sidewinder 7 string features a solid Curly Koa body of exceptional beauty and tonal qualities
We don't see woods with this level of awesome beauty very often. This is without a doubt one of the most extraordinary pieces of Claro Walnut to ever grace a bass! We don't see woods with this level of awesome beauty very often. This is without a doubt one of the most extraordinary pieces of Claro Walnut to ever grace a bass!
This hollowbody 7 string Sidewinder model was only offered in 1999 to commemorate our 15th Anniversary This hollowbody 7 string Sidewinder model was only offered in 1999 to commemorate our 15th Anniversary
This incredible 36 fret Sidewinder 7 string was built of Ziricote, Wenge and Purpleheart This incredible 36 fret Sidewinder 7 string was built of Ziricote, Wenge and Purpleheart
This is one of a handful of left-handed versions of the GTBD-7 Bill Dickens model that we have made in the U.S. Custom Shop This is one of a handful of left-handed versions of the GTBD-7 Bill Dickens model that we have made in the U.S. Custom Shop
This Sidewinder 7 string bass from 1999 featured an awesome loaded Birdseye Maple top & fingerboard & a Purpleheart & Maple neck with the laminates reversed from our standard configuration This Sidewinder 7 string bass from 1999 featured an awesome loaded Birdseye Maple top & fingerboard & a Purpleheart & Maple neck with the laminates reversed from our standard configuration
A closeup of the sensational Birdseye top. It doesn't get any better than this! A closeup of the sensational Birdseye top. It doesn't get any better than this!
Another Sidewinder 8 string guitar; this one a solidbody from 98, with fanned frets, a hand-milled compensated tremolo, piezo pickups and on-board MIDI electronics Another Sidewinder 8 string guitar; this one a solidbody from 98, with fanned frets, a hand-milled compensated tremolo, piezo pickups and on-board MIDI electronics
A closeup view of the hand-made tremolo, the gorgeous figured Walnut top and the array of electronics which included a built-in Sustainiac unit A closeup view of the hand-made tremolo, the gorgeous figured Walnut top and the array of electronics which included a built-in Sustainiac unit
A distinctive Mother-of-Pearl bass clef was inlaid into the figured Purpleheart top on this late 90's Sidewinder 7 string A distinctive Mother-of-Pearl bass clef was inlaid into the figured Purpleheart top on this late 90's Sidewinder 7 string
A longtime favorite of ours is this black & blue Sidewinder 5 string with chrome hardware from about 98 A longtime favorite of ours is this black & blue Sidewinder 5 string with chrome hardware from about 98
A Quilted Maple Sidewinder with a cherry stain and a Purpleheart fingerboard A Quilted Maple Sidewinder with a cherry stain and a Purpleheart fingerboard
This lovely 3 octave fretless 4 string Sidewinder bass featured a fingerboard cut from the same woods used to make the neck This lovely 3 octave fretless 4 string Sidewinder bass featured a fingerboard cut from the same woods used to make the neck
Closeup of the black & white dolphins forming a yin yang symbol Closeup of the black & white dolphins forming a yin yang symbol
This MEU was made for Victor Wooten in the mid 90's This MEU was made for Victor Wooten in the mid 90's
Another view of the hand-carved 5 string Sidewinder which showcases its beautiful fretless Bubinga fingerboard Another view of the hand-carved 5 string Sidewinder which showcases its beautiful fretless Bubinga fingerboard
This phenomenal 5 string Sidewinder from 1994 features a hand-carved solid Cherry body This phenomenal 5 string Sidewinder from 1994 features a hand-carved solid Cherry body
One of the first basses we built out of super-lightweight Dragonwood circa 1998 One of the first basses we built out of super-lightweight Dragonwood circa 1998
Side profile of a fabulous 7 string Sidewinder bass from the late 90's Side profile of a fabulous 7 string Sidewinder bass from the late 90's
The figured Koa body wings on this magnificent Sidewinder 7 string bass are the finest of the finest The figured Koa body wings on this magnificent Sidewinder 7 string bass are the finest of the finest
This see-through deep blue Crossover is from 2002 This see-through deep blue Crossover is from 2000
This is the figured Cherry back from the same Crossover guitar This is the figured Cherry back from the same Crossover guitar
This 4 string Crossover bass with its fantastic Cocobolo and curly Maple pickguard was built for a NAMM show in 2000 This 4 string Crossover bass with its fantastic Cocobolo and curly Maple pickguard was built for a NAMM show in 2000
The hollowbody 8 string guitar also featured one of our exclusive Melted Tops with some exquisite Quilted Maple The hollowbody 8 string guitar also featured one of our exclusive Melted Tops with some exquisite Quilted Maple
This extraordinary hollowbody Sidewinder 8 string guitar from 2000 featured fanned frets& a hand-milled tremolo that was loaded with piezo pickups which triggered an on-board MIDI system This extraordinary hollowbody Sidewinder 8 string guitar from 2000 featured fanned frets& a hand-milled tremolo that was loaded with piezo pickups which triggered an on-board MIDI system
The bodystyle is called the NuWave and this sweet Spanish Cedar topped 6 string from 2001 featured a Lightwave optical bridge pickup system The bodystyle was called the NuWave and this sweet Spanish Cedar topped 6 string from 2001 featured a Lightwave optical bridge pickup system
This guitar was one of the first completed after Mike Apperson joined the company and replaced Bill's long time sidekick Phil Goschy in 2001 This guitar was one of the first completed after Mike Apperson joined the company and replaced Bill's long time sidekick Phil Goschy in 2001
A sweet little 36 fret Sidewinder 8 string guitar from 2001 A sweet little 36 fret Sidewinder 8 string guitar from 2001

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