Chambered Body Neck Through Guitar
I am the very privileged owner of StellArt #7, otherwise known as Artemis. This guitar is the finest instrument I have ever experienced. The level of passion, talent, detail and technical rigour that Stephan and Ella brought to this creation is quite beyond description. But you can feel it in the way she plays. The overall feel is of a sculpture, a precision machine, a violin... the intonation is utter perfection and unbelievably stable. The touch is delicate, but powerful; precise and graceful. And the sound..... you just have to hear it. The combination of woods chosen for this guitar brings a deep, solid, slightly punchy tone with a crisp shimmering finish... and incredible versatility (see below). In terms of design, Artemis is at once poised, robust, understated, elegant, technically innovative and visually jaw-dropping. Check the book-matched Cocobolo fret board with matching head stock; the lightly spalted flame Maple top; the orange and purple pin-striped through-neck; single piece Ziricote back, and more. All finished in hand rubbed, naturally lustrous hardening oil. No thick shiny plasticky finish here. The pickup configuration is typical Les Paul, but I chose single coil Lollars. We also worked in a switchable piezo bridge pickup with two separate outputs (combined or magnetic only) for a multitude of sonic options. The experience of creating this guitar with Stephan and Ella was a delight. A truly collaborative mix of art, engineering and music. Together, we had a lot of fun designing and implementing the project. Stellart listened carefully, always guiding me towards a cohesive end result. I wanted a slightly chunky neck and a fretboard designed for my finger playing style. We bounced around ideas for the wood combinations, and converged upon an incredibly coherent and beautiful design. We brainstormed the electronics possibilities until we got it just right. Artemis is a work of art through and through, and her creators possess astonishing talent and commitment to their work.
Sincerely, Paul Davis