After a week of playing several gigs on the "Coevorden Special" it turns out to be a reliable little recycled box guitar with a great sound, especially during the jazzy solo's.
It's new owner, Canadian singer/songwriter Robert Burton Hubele, seems to be very happy with it. Even though we had some other guitars available for his "highway of dreams" tour, (a "real" telecaster and such) he travels around with only the box guitar and our studio resonator (Jay Turser).
Another great week ahead of us, with a few nice venues to go to, a video to record, and well... enjoy the summer!
A few hours after his arrival in Portugal, Robert Burton Hubele from Vancouver B.C. was joined with his new stringed companion "The Coevorden Special". It didn't take more than a few minutes before we got a private concert at the kitchen table. It's great when the combination between guitarist and guitar turns out the way we imagined. A perfect match!
The first RBG from the Fab Four Series is ready. We call it the Coevorden Special, and there's a reason for that!
This "traveling" Recycled Box Guitar is a specially made for Singer/Songwriter Robert Burton Hubele from Vancouver, Canada. As you all know, Vancouver is named after the Dutch town of Coevorden. We are originally from the Netherlands.
To make this RBG an all-round usable 6-string with a vintage feel, we took apart a 1969 Jedson "telecaster" for the hardware. The adjustable bridge is a real calibration friendly invention. Apart from the pickup switches we were able to re-use all the electronic components. The Teisco pickup's could easily be the best ever made, still rocking after 45 years!
The hand-painted skyline of Vancouver and the carved maple leaf on the headstock give away the theme of this RBG.
The Coevorden Special is calibrated and tuned by our good friend and guitar player Toby Selway. Thru the little Fender Studio 850 amplifier is sounds clean when needed and dirty when wanted. We video taped the first chords and lick's after stringing and tuning, the video will be shared on Vimeo soon. All we can say is that we are very happy how this RBG sounds and looks like. It will be probably one of the few 6-string we'll ever build... or maybe not after this experience.
The Creative Couple
They are living in a 200 year old cottage on a lonely hill in the rural heart of Portugal. Next to working on the Triple Chaos creative instruments in the "Not Just Sawdust" woodwork and recycling workshop, they're running the Bluesbarn Studio, make video's, write poems and books, paint, build marionettes and other puppets, love, welcome guests, and enjoy life their way.