some fantastic players demonstrating our guitars & pickups
Eternal Guitars "Skye" T-Type demo by Alex Ward
Skye is a real wolf in sheep’s pyjama’s… With an extremely lightweight and heavily contoured ash body, this one is a breeze to play with fantastic upper fret access.The heavily aged all nitrocellulose finish is a full three-tone sunburst beneath the worn thorough Sonic Blue overcoat. A slick maple neck with compound 9.5 - 12” radius dark rosewood 'board and 21 massive 6000 size frets lend a modern easy to play feel, and our own clay face dots with Luminlay side dots to guide you on darker stages. Hardware is all aged Gotoh and Kluson with three compensated brass saddles for epic tone, while the electronics are our usual top notch CTS, switchcraft and CRL components: a simple master volume and tone control set-up with a 3-way selector switch to choose between our aged nickel-covered 'PAF Replica' neck humbucker and our punchy Turbo-T bridge pickup. The Turbo T is a true single coil with added grunt. Tall 6mm diameter flat stagger magnets and lots of winds add beef and a thick, chunky voice. With gain the tone is fat and loud with just the right amount of low string clarity and enough output to compliment a full size neck humbucker. Back off the volume and it cleans up for a brighter percussive voice with a healthy dollop of tele twang. Not quite as poky in output terms as our wonderful and very popular T90 pickup, the ‘Turbo T’ offers a thicker, broader voice with a pronounced midrange hump perfect for nudging your tone into humbucker territory within the footprint and ashtray bridge of a normal Tele. Our "PAF Replica" really nails the open, transparent tones of the original late '50s humbuckers, by using all the correct components and our own coil wind recipe for that perfect 'edge of microphonic' tone, that offers fantastic clarity and note definition even in the neck position - just like the originals did.
Eternal Guitars "JR-Type" demo by Alex Ward
This all mahogany 'JR' is a simple, unfussy design yet packed with tone. Featuring a one-piece body with three-piece laminated neck (for strength - the headstock won't break off on this one...) and a dark rosewood fingerboard with 22 medium/jumbo frets on a 12" radius and handmade bone nut. Hardware is all high quality Gotoh and Kluson vintage repro with an Eternal V90 single-coil pickup wired through CTS brass collar pots using '50s style wiring to a Switchcraft output jack. The aged finish is all nitro with a handcut and aged celluloid 'tort' pickguard.
Eternal Guitars "Nancy" the mid-'50s S-Type demo by Alex Ward
'Nancy' is a tribute to the iconic mid-'50s era S-Type. A gloriously grained, one-piece ash body is mated to a thick-sectioned, one-piece maple neck to give a bright, responsive and completely percussive acoustic voice. The two-tone sunburst nitro finish is heavily aged to mimic decades of use and gigging. Our own Tweed-Tone singlecoil pickups offer all the snap, sparkle and clarity that you could need from an S-Type and are wound with a non-RW/RP middle pickup for that extra slither of bite from the mix positions. Hardware is Kluson and Gotoh with our usual high-quality CTS Brass collar pots, CRL Switch and Switchcraft output jack and cloth covered wiring.
Eternal Guitars trio with Chris Cox
Fantastic little video by Chris Cox Guitar using three Eternal Guitars (he's also playing drums and bass - talented guy that he is...) The S-Type and T-Type are Chris's own Eternals - I recently fitted one of my PAF Replicas in the bridge of the S-Type and as you can hear, it sounds fabulous. The Junior is a recent build with one of my V90 bridge pickups that Chris borrowed, and she's also sounding epic... Thanks to Chris for his hard work on this - he's promised some more vids of each individual guitar (and pickup settings) and we'll be posting them right here...
Eternal Guitars 'Hollow Blonde T-Type' demo by Alex Ward
Back in the dark ages of 2010, one of our earliest guitar models was a semi-hollow, blackguard-style T-Type, that I named the 'Hollow Blonde' Model. That guitar was a great calling card and even won us a Guitar Magazine Award that year. I hadn't built one for many years but a conversation about our earlier models reminded me how great that guitar was, so I thought it was time to bring her back - and here's the new version. Very similar in spec. and design but with a little more wear and a much smokier and aged finish. All nitro as usual, on a semi-hollow ash body, one-piece chunky maple neck and a set of our '50s inspired Tele Tweed pickups - an Alnico 5 neck unit with an Alnico 2 bridge for an extra touch of warmth. The pickguard is lacquered Bakelite and we've used brass collar CTS pots, a CRL 3-way and a Switchcraft output jack with cloth covered hook-up wire as standard.
Eternal Guitars - Alex Ward 'Murtaugh' Custom S-Type Demo
Last year I built an all mahogany S-Type for top UK session dude and Matrix Amplification ambassador Alex Ward. Alex has since become part of the team here and you’ll probably have seen the fantastic product demo videos that he produces for me. He loved the original ‘Riggs’ S-Type but he quickly realised that he needed another - a counterpart that was similar but with different tonal options and more frets… And here it is. Named ‘Murtaugh’ (‘Riggs’s partner in Lethal Weapon, for non-fans…) it is again inherently an S-Type but fused with a healthy dollop of Les Paul DNA along with a quality onboard piezo system. Once again, it’s an all mahogany set-neck build with a 24 ¾” scale-length and a two-piece lightweight mahogany with tummy cut, forearm chamfer and modified heel carve and lower horn to improve upper fret access. As mentioned above we used a Gibson scale-length on a 12” radius dark rosewood fingerboard with 24 medium/jumbo (6130) frets. A nod to the vintage S-Type was the inclusion of our own clay dot markers on the ‘board face but with the excellent Luminlay dots along the side to aide orientation on dark stages. Having played. Loved and demoed my own PAF Replica pickups last year, Alex chose one for the neck position with a ‘Timeless’ in the middle and the same bridge pickup that we made for ‘Riggs’ which was modelled on his favourite Leas Paul ‘bucker. We’ve named this one the ‘GST’ (more on that to follow) but it is essentially a ‘Hot PAF’ style humbucker with an open musical voice and an extra bit of grunt. Alex uses a dual output set-up so as we did on ‘Riggs’ there’s a piezo loaded vibrato bridge and a simplified control layout with the signals split to separate outputs. The LR Baggs X-Bridge and CTRL-X onboard pre-amp and mixer worked beautifully on ‘Riggs’ so we used them again here. We modified the circuit to simplify the layout to Alex’s taste so there’s a dual volume layout – one for the magnetic pickups and the other for the piezo volume/preamp with a regular 5-way switch. Between the pots we managed to squeeze in the mini-toggle switch that selected between mag pickups, a mix with the piezo and then pure piezo. This switch is designed to be used with the supplied stereo/switching jack socket but as we were using twin output jacks we’d need to split this signal from the switch and preamp. Early on on the build Alex decided to go for a heavily worn black nitro finish and tort guard (which was handmade to fit the modified body outline and switching) which I think looks awesome.
Eternal Guitars - 'Bonita' T-Type demo by Alex Ward
'Bonita' the contoured T-Type 'Bonita' is a heavily worn T-Type built from my favoured wood combination of a solid ash body with a maple/rosewood neck. The body is contoured for extra playing comfort and finished in a gloriously aged three-tone nitro sunburst. The neck is a big old chunky ‘D’ section with our own clay dot markers and jumbo frets. Our own 'Dreamer' humbucker sized P90 sits in the neck position to offer a depth and warmth that many standard T-Type neck pickups lack, with our tried, trusted and super saucy 'T90' singlecoil in the bridge. Elsewhere we have Gotoh and Kluson hardware with split-post tuners and a three knurled steel saddle bridge. Electronics are our usual top-notch CTS brass collar pots, a CRL three-way selector switch and a Switchcraft plate mounted jack-socket to ensure trouble free jack life. Alex Ward takes you through some of the gorgeous tones onboard, and remember 'Bonita' is available to purchase on our website, or if you'd like to discuss a custom build, just get in touch via our contact page. www.eternal-guitars.com
Eternal Guitars - 'Getz' Custom S-Type demo by Alex Ward
Regular followers will already know of the love that myself and our Chief Demo Dude Alex Ward share for the original ‘Lethal Weapon’ films, and also that Alex named his first two Custom Eternals ‘Riggs’ and ‘Murtaugh’ in honour of the two main characters portrayed by Mel Gibson and Danny Glover. First introduced in Lethal Weapon 2, Joe Pesci’s irritating but lovable ‘Leo Getz’ became another memorable character (and one with some truly unforgettable lines) so as soon as Alex saw this little orange beauty he HAD to have it and he named it ‘Getz’ to complete his trio of LW themed guitars… Originally conceived as an homage to the home-built ‘superstrats’ of the late ‘70s, the simplicity of the build belies the versatility on offer, and here Alex demonstrates not only how a guitar of that era sounded with an original version of the Floyd Rose, a lone volume control and a hot humbucker on board (and little else!) but also how players of the era - most famously a young Eddie Van Halen - shook the stagnant world of late ‘70s rock music to its core, and wrote a whole new vocabulary for aspiring guitarists… Incidentally, Lethal Weapon was written by the genius Shane Black who also wrote or rewrote many other classic ’80s movies. The ‘GST’ humbucker that we designed for Alex takes it name from a brilliant throw away line about chewing tobacco in another 1987 movie that Shane Black not only had a role in, but also (rumour has it) rewrote the script uncredited…