The Blackguard Book by Nacho Banos

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  1. Guitar Whiskey

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    Are the color images in this book representative of the original color of a blonde Broadcaster? The pics seem more pale or whiteish; less yellow tinted than I have pictured in my minds eye. I know the pics in The Beauty of the Burst are not colorized very well.
     
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    Well, very few here are qualified to even answer.
    Certainly not me.
     
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    I can’t say for sure. I have the Japanese and the American version of Beauty of the Burst and the color between the two is very different so you never know what the actual color might be.
     
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    I met Nacho and Jon Peden (the photog of the book) when they were 'touring' the book, at a guitar show. Got to play Peden's broadcaster (#0039): yes, the color matched the photos.

    I think we are so used to seeing pumpkin orange 'reissues', that reality 'pales' in comparison.
     
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    Yeah, the colors are perfect and there's a range from the heavily worn and darkened to those looking closer to new.
     
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    One of my favorite BlackGuard pics is in black and white, but it really emphasizes that these guitars were (to my eyes) whitewashed with the ash wood showing through. I don't think the paint really had colored pigment, other than white.

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    Speaking of the Blackguard Book, are these still available? From time to time, I see threads or posts about this, but I never write down the information on how to order...
     
  9. Guitar Whiskey

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    What's the story on the Broadcaster shown in the photo? It does look exactly like the color in the book image. Very nice. Coincidentally that guitar on page 81 that you show is one of my favorites in the whole book.
     
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    I got mine directly from Nacho about a year ago. At the time, there were still a couple hundred left to be had. Just email him at [email protected] and ask! Given how much these go for on reverb, I was amazed and amused to discover you could still just buy one brand new from him :)
     
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    Even when I got mine 2-3 years ago there was a "rumor" sold out. He ships lightening fast! I got mine is ~3 days if memory serves.
     
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    That is Broadcaster 0243, which I bought last year. There is no epic story to it, unfortunately -- it was played very little, and remained in the original owner's possession until 2015, spent a few years with a collector, and then came back to Emerald City Guitars, where I bought it. I'm not a collector or anything fancy -- I just always wanted a Broadcaster, and it thrills me daily to know that I'm the caretaker for this particular example of twentieth century industrial design.

    Here's the ECG promo video for it:



    Here's me playing it:

     
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    wow that Broadcaster 0243 sound very good,

    that playing certainly doesn't hurt either!

    nice playing!
     
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    Full-color presswork is difficult to get right if accurate reproduction is needed. If the publisher wants it right, proofs are printed and reprinted, tweaking the parameters until the author, photographer, or artist declares colors and contrast to be right, or those folks are bound and gagged in a closet so they can't keep doing that.
     
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    That guitar is the bomb! You wear it well. Cheers!
     
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    The way they centered that grain pattern is super cool.
     
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    I just received an e-mail response from Nacho. The 5,500 copy run from 2005 is finally sold out and none are left. He will soon offer a new 4-volume set about pinecasters (Pine Prototypes, Esquires, Broadcasters, Nocasters and early Telecasters), numbered/limited to 3,000 sets, 850 pages total, and shows 100 guitars. Comes with a phone app: put your phone on top of specific pictures and the app plays video and audio of that guitar. Forthcoming at 295 Euro including UPS shipping. Should be well worth it if this is your thing. I'll likely get a set.
     
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    So, by pinecasters do you mean all those Tele variants in the book also have pine bodies, or some pine bodied guitars plus regular blackguards?
     
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    I'm not sure. I assume all the variant examples have pine bodies.
     
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    Yes, I too received such an email this morning. It is officially sold out. But as archetype noted, there is now a new project that is almost at completion called The Pinecaster Book. I probably can't really afford any of them, anyway -- especially now that those who have The Blackguard Book can really jack up the price! Oh well...
     
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