Introducing the Will McNicol Signature Model S - 'Jupiter' / by Tom Sands

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Will McNicol came to the workshop on Friday to collect his Signature Model S guitar. He stayed the weekend and we recorded some beautiful demo videos so you can share this special collaboration with us.

Here are some photos, and some excerpts of what Will had to say about the experience.

First encounters.

First encounters.

Will just couldn’t stop playing…

Will just couldn’t stop playing…

First impressions? Well, as I walked into the workshop with the guitar proudly placed atop Tom’s workbench, its sheer beauty was the first thing to hit me. The redwood with the copper rosettes and detailing, how it catches the light, and then of course the black limba. Just stunning. Up close, the detailing is just next-level.
Filming location #1.

Filming location #1.

One thing I’ll remember is the first notes I played in their enormous and stunningly beautiful conservatory. The sound amongst the natural reverb was something else, and as the light shone through, and the birds tweeted in the background - I thought to myself.... what am incredibly lucky chap I am to be here with dear friends playing this wonderful instrument. Humbling in the true sense of that word.
Filming location #2.

Filming location #2.

Behind the scenes…

Behind the scenes…

One happy guitarist.

One happy guitarist.

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Tonally, the plan came together beautifully. The essence of the first Model S I fell in love with was very much there, the feel, the comfort, the fizzy excited-to-make-music feeling, but the Redwood has had an effect to round off the trebles beautifully and the Black Limba gives it real punch and clarities across the board. The solidity of the Wenge neck gives it a weight that I love, but feels appropriately balanced and entirely effortless to play.
Before… and after.

Before… and after.

Tom’s done something magic here, and I’m so grateful to be a part of that journey.

Thank you for all your kind words thus far about Jupiter. We can’t wait to share her journey with you.