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May 2014
Jol Dantzig

Jol Dantzig

Jol Dantzig is a noted designer, builder, and player who co-founded Hamer Guitars, one of the first boutique guitar brands, in 1973. Today, as the director of Dantzig Guitar Design, he continues to help define the art of custom guitar. To learn more, visit guitardesigner.com.

ARTICLES

Esoterica Electrica: Pawnshop Plywood Chic Comes of Age

April 13, 2014
The “mystery wood” warriors of yesterday and today.
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Esoterica Electrica: The Incredibly Smart and Simple Strat

March 13, 2014
What is it that makes the Stratocaster so special?
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Esoterica Electrica: Building to a Price

February 18, 2014
How do builders balance costs and features when creating a guitar model?
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Esoterica Electrica: Dime-a-Dance Guitar Romance

January 14, 2014
When you buy a new guitar, do you expect it to last a lifetime or will you replace it in a few years?
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Esoterica Electrica: How Rivalry Spawned a Classic Shred Machine

December 11, 2013
The design theory and drive behind the super-strat classic Hamer Californian circa 1988.
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Esoterica Electrica: Remake or Remodel?

November 25, 2013
Sometimes a guitar’s visual mojo eclipses its sonic capabilities.
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Esoterica Electrica: The Underappreciated Button

October 21, 2013
How different would the guitarist's world be without this little feature?
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Esoterica Electrica: The Guitar as Cultural Icon

September 23, 2013
What is it that keeps the guitar in our minds and hearts? Is it the instrument’s flexibility or its power to inspire social change?
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Esoterica Electrica: The Yin and Yang of Creating a Limited-Edition Guitar

August 19, 2013
Explore the mysteries of headstock angle and learn what subtle details a luthier has to consider when designing a new model.
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Three’s Company: The Pickup Placement Paradigm

July 18, 2013
Why do guitars have two or three pickups? Why not four, or even six for that matter?
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