Since posting photos of some of our earlier guitars, we’ve been receiving custom inquiries for a variety of discontinued models. We recently were asked whether we could build a Virtuoso. As a result, we decided to hunt one down to refresh our recollection of how we built them and to photograph it for future reference.
Paul Hamer designed this guitar in 1986, aptly naming it after the type of musician who would covet such an instrument. The first Virtuoso was completed in January, 1987. We continued to build Virtuosos on a most limited basis into 1989. This one was built in June of 1988. The lacquer checks reveal its age while adding to its personality.
36 frets on a scalloped maple fingerboard.
Reverse peghead, mondo logo, Floyd Rose tremolo
Can’t get enough of that fingerboard.
Smoothly blended heel.
Early Floyd Roses bolted through the neck. Hamer pioneered the use of the Floyd Rose on a “production” guitar. The Floyd allen key holder was mounted to the back of the peghead.
Extended cutaways for those who dare play past the 24th fret.
We’ll see whether we get an order for a Virtuoso some 20 years after it was discontinued.