The student with last weeks Steinberger brought in another Bill Delap guitar today.

Discussion in 'Guitars, Guitars Guitars!' started by Mark Wein, Dec 20, 2012.

    Dec 20, 2012
  1. Mark Wein :mad:






    This is essentially the Allan Holdsworth guitar. Toms student has bought a few of them custom ordered from the builder. I usually don't get very excited about a guitar like this but I sat and played it for a few minutes through an amp and not only is it incredibly easy to play (22" radius :eek:) but it is the most acoustically balanced instrument I've ever had in my hands. Every note rings perfectly at the same level as any other note on the instrument. I played some fairly dense Holdsworth-style chords and they sounded incredible. The intonation is crazily spot on for such close intervals. The body is completely hollow with no center block. Its a small instrument but still a 25.5" scale length. It also has 25 frets (request from the customer, not a standard feature). I really loved playing the instrument although if I saw it first in a store I wouldn't have picked it up to play in the first place.
  2. Dec 20, 2012
  3. Kerouac weird musical dildo

    Carvin makes one like that... :D

    Sent from my iPhone at a Tijuana donkey show.
  4. Dec 20, 2012
  5. Chad Kick Henry Jackassowski

    I have always dug the idea of the steinberger headless thing. It seems super easy to string up
  6. Dec 20, 2012
  7. Mark Wein :mad:

    I know. I doubt its this good though.
  8. Dec 20, 2012
  9. Tiltsta Show me your frittatas

    I played a Delap steinberger once. It was really nice, but not very different from my old GL model. Of course, the GL is one of the best guitars I have ever played, and I have several friends who offer to buy it all the time, so that is a compliment to Delap.
  10. Dec 20, 2012
  11. Mark Wein :mad:

    I thought the Delap Steinberger be brought in was nice but I wasn't very excited about the instrument itself. Just not my thing. This guitar isn't really my thing either but its really transcendent both in how it plays, feels and sounds. It's not the "bring to the blues gig or cover gig" guitar but it really is something special on its own.
  12. Dec 20, 2012
  13. Jbird Kick Henry Jackassowski


    I'm not sure what other forum members thought about my Steinberger (I brought it to this years Pragestock), but some of the points on the above guitar you mention, Mark, is what I love about it.

    Mine only has a 16" radius, but it is better intonated than other guitars, not just mine, that I've played. You know that 'wobble' you get when you play an open D chord because even though the strings are in tune with the tuner, they aren't quite in tune with each other? It's much less so on the Steinberger than other guitars I've played. Product of the zero-fret?

    Plus, very low action & once the strings stretch a bit, it never goes out of tune.
  14. Dec 20, 2012
  15. BoomBoomBigelow Genius of Love

    Is that a spruce top? Slightly flamey maple back? That thing is really beautiful in that it's all business. Nothing unessential.
  16. Dec 21, 2012
  17. Peeker jerkass

    apart from zebra pup, I dig that.
  18. Dec 21, 2012
  19. Flatspotter What?

    Those are some big-ass frets!
  20. Feb 22, 2013
  21. aliensporebomb Fretted instrument fan

    He does beautiful work.

    I had an email corrrepondence with Bill for some time. I was considering ordering a guitar from him even though I knew DeLap takes a long time to do anything and also that it was going to be very expensive, very likely more expensive than all of my instruments put together and then some. I realized it was just too much cash and too long without a guitar (I'd have to sell everything I had just to get it) and I wouldn't have callouses anymore so I tabled that thought.

    So I ended up with my Carvin Holdsworth type guitar that has fulfilled that option nicely.
  22. Feb 22, 2013
  23. dodgechargerfan Kick Henry Jackassowski

  24. Feb 22, 2013
  25. Flamencology You don't deserve koa.

    One of these days I'd like to pick up one close to this:

  26. Feb 23, 2013
  27. Mark Wein :mad:

    I'd be curious to see what thats all about..

    The Delap is an amazing instrument.
  28. Feb 25, 2013
  29. themanfromalabam Little Hot Wing

    I never liked them angers me to look at them.:mad:
  30. Feb 25, 2013
  31. MonkeyZero Blind Crossing Guard

    Lol. They're weird. I just can't get past the missing head stock. Maybe I'm missing out, but they always make me think of Devo.

    Sent from The Nether
  32. Feb 25, 2013
  33. Kerouac weird musical dildo

    Oh hell yes.
  34. Feb 25, 2013
  35. Dogsinotpalc avuncular to no one

    I remember when Andy, Bill, and David were playing Kleins. Andy played the small solid and Bill played a chambered/semi similar to the one above. Then he modded the bridge.

    Anyway, cool guitars.
  36. Feb 26, 2013
  37. Flamencology You don't deserve koa.

    As far as headless instruments go, this is what I really want:

  38. Feb 26, 2013
  39. wok Dead But Dreaming

    that sound :love:

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