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Joshua Tree Samick Strat

This old lefty Samick Strat, I recently re-finished for Gene Evaro Jr. and turned it into a Joshua Tree Samick Strat.  He thought he was going to get a big paisley design. Instead I decided to surprise him with a Joshua tree scene since he hails from the magic little town of Joshua Tree, in the high desert of Southern California.

Joshua Tree Samick Strat- Back
Joshua Tree Samick Strat- Back

This was an exciting project for both of us because this guitar would be Gene’s very first guitar that would have the hardware, knobs, input etc. in the right place. Gene has always played left handed and upside down so this will be a whole new world for him. He is truly a stellar musician and an amazing person! I am honored to call him my friend and my family. I can’t wait to watch him burn down the house with his band genejrandthefamily , his new guitar in hand. Blessings MT

Samick Strat Before
Samick Strat Before
Samick Strat Sanded and Ready for Art
Samick Strat Sanded and Ready for Art
Joshua Tree Samick Strat Sketch
Joshua Tree Samick Strat Sketch

 

Joshua Tree Samick Strat Front
Joshua Tree Samick Strat Front

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The Journey Bass

Seemingly simple and primitive, the art on The Journey Bass is profoundly symbolic of an artist’s travels and trials, juxtaposed with that of the man.

The desire to refinish a beloved instrument, revealing the beautiful layers of wood that gives us it’s tone and resonance- without losing, discarding the wear ‘n tear, scars, memories, and lessons of the past…

And the desire to grow, reinvent, rediscover one’s self as a man who is an artist, through an introspective process like peeling back the layers of an onion, and nurturing, cultivating the tender new shoots within~ without losing one’s roots, history, family, fans in the winds of change…

Gene Evaro Jr, of Gene Jr & The Family, wrote “Life Is A Journey” around this same time. The art created here represents his whole journey- so the journey bass is inspired by his rich past and his bright clean future, which is ever unfolding before our very eyes… Love ‘n Light, MT