I’m super excited by this week’s entry in the incredibly irregular Another 52 guitars series. Partially because I’m writing the post—small victory—but also because the guitar builds I’ve seen from Aviator Custom Guitars look phenomenal. For the purposes of this week’s article header image, I’ve chosen the Warbird 6—it’s one of the many body styles to choose from.
Let’s get into how the Aviator Custom Guitars look and how you’d go about ordering one of your own.
This guitar was always going to be in this series. I never thought it would be in the series as this kind of tribute article though. I also never thought it would follow my other favourite signature style guitar—the model used by Randy Rhoads—the Sandoval Dot V.
Tragically, this is where we find ourselves. The man who was the most influential guitarist of the era I find myself in, has passed away. We will however always have the memories and the awe inspiring EVH Striped Series.
Before I get into what I consider to be the most obvious reasons why I’d desire this week’s guitar, I want to share why Eddie Van Halen’s passing meant so much to me.
I’m noticing a growing trend in this article series. I may developed a fascination for guitar headstocks that feature that 4 and 2 style of machine head placement. I’m OK with that. If it means one day owning a guitar looks anything like the Soultool Katana, I’ll add another guitar to the collection.
New guitars that look old. It’s not something I’d really got into. Not until I saw the Shabat Guitars Lion Deluxe. Having said that, if reliced guitars are not your thing, then I don’t believe it’s a finish you have to go for with this guitar.
Initially I was going to start this issue of Another 52 guitars with a statement like “Time for something different” or “Here’s something a little left of field”. Then I realised that the whole point of this series was to find 52 guitars that each brought something that little bit unique to your standard guitar. So how do you draw attention to a guitar that goes that little bit further?
I don’t believe this is a new guitar, but it’s new to me. In my ongoing search for guitars to add to my Another 52 guitars series, I often come across a luthier I’m not familiar with. Sometimes, they have something in their collection that blows my mind and makes me drool—not a desirable thing to do over a PC keyboard. The AVA Guitars Coal Skin is one of those guitars.
Initially I was going to focus on the D series version of this week’s guitar because it’s the most affordable version of this guitar. After some deliberation and research, I decided “Hey! This is a wishlist!”. A wishlist isn’t made of up almost want items. No, it’s made up of really want items.
I’ve been realising lately that even though I have a guitar collection that is 87.5% black or white—I’ve done the math—I have a lot of red in my Instagram feed. So, if my guitar room is going to feature red, why not consider a guitar that is also red?!
That’s one of the many reasons I’m focusing on the LSL Instruments Topanga guitar this week. It doesn’t hurt that the guitar looks beautiful.
Often when I’m putting these articles together, my wife will say “They all look the same”. The Mayones Legend T22 is not one of those guitars. While it features a style that is similar to a shape that many have paid tribute to, the natural wood finish is not one I’d normally go for. On this guitar though, I’d gladly make an exception.