About a year ago, I started conspiring with my man Rodrigo about building me a petite bouche. I've had the pleasure of hanging out with Rodrigo in New York. He's come to a bunch of my shows and he is a great guy. He is also a serious artist. So... we talked. I told him what I wanted, and then he told me why I was wrong, and eventually I just asked him to build me what he wanted to build me. I am so pleased that I trusted him.
Rodrigo recommended a redwood top. I've never owned a guitar with a redwood top, and honestly was a little wary. But he assured me he'd just made one for Stephane Wrembel and that it ruled, so who the hell am I to disagree??? Again, I am so glad I trusted him. The top is gorgeous and looks strikingly different from my other Shopis with spruce.
He's also refined his model F a bit. It's now bigger and badder! The neck is perfect, the tone is punchy but full. The guitar is loud and complex. The french polish makes the guitar look like an eighty year old classical instrument. I am absolutely smitten. I really recommend to anyone out there thinking about ordering a guitar to contact Rodrigo. If you are a poor musician like me, the ability to pay it off while he builds it is an added bonus.
AND.... this guitar (and Rodrigo!) survived hurricane Sandy, and was then delayed an extra week, because Dorado Schmidt liked it and asked if he could play it at Birdland for a week! Of course I said YES PLEASE!!! Apparently he, Samson, and Bronson all played it. Rodrigo also included a really cool note from the Schmidts thanking me for "le guitar superb!" So cool...
So hit up Rodrigo. He's a good man! I'm taking mine into the studio now to work on my new record.
One writes music because winter is eternal and if one didn't, the wolves and the blizzards would be at one's throat all the sooner.