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The great grandaddy of all 'Backlund' guitars.

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by John Backlund, Sep 26, 2020.

  1. ZenGuitarist

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    No, not scary at all. I just don't know what is and isn't public knowledge so I can't go into any detail here.

    BTW, I really love the Rockerbox DLX I now have.
     
  2. John Backlund

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    Thanks!

    If it involves me in any way, PM me. If not, carry on.
     
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    and screamin' guitars
     
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    Very cool. I'm glad, though, that you got rid of the harp bridge. Love your designs.
     
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    Awesome!

    Finally got to see on in the wild a couple of years ago in Todd Rundgren's hands on the Utopia reunion tour, though I guess the one he had was an Eastwood version...?
     
  6. John Backlund

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    All three of the Backlund guitars Todd Rundgren used on the Utopia reunion tour were standard Eastwood guitars. Todd played two model 100's in his performances during the tour, a red/cream and blue/cream, and Kasim Sulton used a model 400 on several songs.
     
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    Love it..................
     
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    Digging the prototypes. I like the headstock shape on those better than the later versions.
    Alumitones in blue look cool on a blue guitar.

    I had no idea they were that heavy. That's cured me of any desire for one.

    My heaviest is a '72 Ibanez Jazz Bass that tips the scales at twelve pounds even. I could handle it when I was young & strong; put a lot of gigs on that guitar as a hired gun.

    Nowadays I can't take it for more than a couple of songs in a row.
     
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    Are those Alumitones in that thing? John, you made some of the all time coolest guitars.
     
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  11. John Backlund

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    Yes, Alumitones, but I didn't spec them for those guitars, I believe that would have been the decision of the builder, Bruce Bennett.

    They were used in a small number of the very early JBD guitars.
     
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    The JBD-400 was extraordinarily heavy, but other models were, more or less, in the 'normal' solidbody weight range.

    The Chattanooga JBD headstocks used on the model 100, 200, and the model 800, both JBD and Retronix guitars, were the work of Bruce Bennett, not me, and were a modification based on a Peavey headstock design.

    I was not allowed to use that headstock design on my guitars after dissolving my relationship with JBD and Retronix, so had to come up with different designs for my Eastwood period guitars.

    For the model 100, there have been four different headstocks used on that guitar since it's beginning, the first be Bennett, and three by me over the years.

    Although I have retained the somewhat pointy headstock design of my model 400, which I did create.
     
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    I really like your headstock for the Model 400. Nothing wrong with the Eastwood 100 headstock either, really - just a bit mundane for such a rad guitar IMO. The upside is, it doesn't distract from the beauty of the body design.
     
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    I actually like the sleekness of the headstock on Eastwood's Model 100 version, but soon I'll get to see what I think of it in person.

    I'm anxiously awaiting the arrival of mine. I don't think it's going to make it to me today, but there's a good chance it will arrive tomorrow. I feel like a kid on Christmas Eve waiting for Santa to arrive.

    Edit: I just got an email from FedEx saying the guitar will be delivered tomorrow. Just one more day to wait.
     
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    It's here. Playing it is like flying a suspersonic jet fighter.

    I'm impressed. There really is a Santa.

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    I hope you're mostly a standing player, the model 100 is like trying to hold a greased pig if in a sitting possition.

    ;)
     
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    I can play a Flying V sitting down and I'll give this one a shot too.

    Awesome guitar John. You're a brilliant designer.
     
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    Also, you may have noticed that conventional guitar floor stands won't securely hold the odd-shaped 100, I use Ultimate floor stands for this model, as well as the 400's and Katalina.

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    I actually had it on a regular stand when I took the photo. It works fine but you just need to position it carefully when putting it on the stand.

    I also have hanging stands and wall hangers and will probably move it to one of those later.
     
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    So I accepted the John Backlund Sitting Position Challenge and tried playing my Model 100 sitting down. Yes, it is possible to play the guitar sitting down but not something I'd do very often.

    Because of the way the guitar is shaped, the only way to balance it on your leg sitting down is to play it with the headstock pointing down (think SG with neck dive). I also had to press my right arm tightly against the body to make sure it didn't slip. So it's doable but not really practical.

    I think John and I should call it a draw. No greased pigs were harmed during the Challenge.
     
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