Every player that plays guitar knows it’s all about the guitar gear.
From amps to effects to accessories, the search for the perfect tone never ends. Yes, I am a self-proclaimed guitar gear geek, but I love the fashion aspect of custom made guitar accessories.
For me, yes, they count as guitar gear! And, what better way to gear up than to add a little bling to a new guitar.
This guitar is one of my favorites. It’s a custom build from Kelton Swade and showcases the leather work of M.K. Holloway of Dallas, Texas. This is my second from M.K. – the first is on a telecaster.
Once I saw the look and quality of the workmanship, I knew I had to get one for Bandita (that’s the telecaster’s name – you have to name them!).
Check out the gallery page on Facebook. There are plenty of designs, so if you’re looking for something special, M.K. Holloway Customer Leather should be your first stop.
The strap was made by Hells Belts of New York, and as soon as I saw it, I knew it was one I had to have. Keep in mind, this one never goes on a plane, but if you’re gigging in your car, it’s perfect for Texas!
To finish out the look I had to change out the tone knobs (bottom of the pic). The tone knobs are real shotgun shells and were a gift from one of my most talented guitar students who customized them for me.
I love this guitar! I asked Kelton for an authentic vintage strat with modern technology. The hand wired pickups have a Texas tone that would make Billy Gibbons proud. They are sweet but slightly rude, and when turned up, can bark like a big dog at a fence.
Check out Kelton’s work at his web site.