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"Lily" - Custom-built by Matt Artinger
Known as "Lily,” the “KingsleyD Signature Model” and the “Artinger Retro Sport.” The guitar was built by Matt Artinger, a wunderkind custom builder from Emmaus, Pennsylvania. I’d been playing Matt’s prototype Hollow Sport model with my trio (instrumental jazz/pop/rock) as well as one of his single-cutaway hollowbodies, both of which have humbuckers and a trapeze tailpiece. For some of the tunes I was writing I started hearing a Bigsby and single-coil pickups. I started talking to Matt and the idea for this guitar took shape: start with the Hollow Sport platform, add a Bigsby, a pair of P-90s (in this case a vintage pair along with a vintage wiring harness), an ebony fretboard with a 25.5-inch scale length, and a transparent green finish over a flame maple top. The back and sides are mahogany with a “warm natural” finish. The underlying idea was to take an ES-330/Casino (personal references: Grant Green and the Beatles) and Gretschify it some, hence the green color, logo, and inlays. (logo and inlays courtesy of my designer friend and fellow gearhead, Tom Kesel)
When building a guitar from scratch with a custom builder, even one as talented and consistent as Matt, neither the builder nor the player knows what’s going to come out at the end. Happily for all, in this case it was a guitar that from the beginning had an amazing sense of life and vibe. At my gigs, invariably I get comments about the guitar from people who wouldn’t ordinarily notice the difference between one guitar and another. For me it absolutely nailed the sound and look I had envisioned.
And hey, it has my signature on the headstock!!!
That’s why it’s my Number One. - Kingsley Durant