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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

Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: The Mighty Icebreaker

January 21, 2018
At a party where someone is playing guitar for people in one corner and someone is playing with their phone on social media in another, which person is more social?
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Zero Sum Meets Boutique Building

December 31, 2017
The number of guitar makers these days is inspiring, but how long the market can sustain the ever-more-crowded pond of craftsmen is anybody’s guess.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: The Tone Inside Your Head

November 20, 2017
Achieving the sound that permeates your brain is rarely an easy task, so be sure to focus on enjoying the journey.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Evolutionary Control

October 18, 2017
If a guitar’s knob placement is random, planned, or a combination of both, does it make a difference?
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Strats, Teles, and Dan Smith

September 27, 2017
Jol Dantzig ponders just how many Stratocasters are in existence as he pays tribute to his friend and industry vet, the late Dan Smith.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Fewer Headaches, Better Guitars

August 21, 2017
If a guitar maker tells you he or she is lazy, it might be your craftsperson is simply an efficient builder.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Why Neck Pitch Matters

July 24, 2017
Before you start choosing those finish and hardware options for your new axe, did you make sure your guitar’s neck angle feels right?
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: The Sacred Wood

June 28, 2017
So what’s really new? Whether it’s guitar riffs or guitar designs, makers and players borrow and steal—all the time.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Prime Time for a Classic Tool

June 5, 2017
For those who've pondered building guitars, Jol Dantzig waxes poetic on the one classic tool he can’t live without.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: The Knotty World of Figured Wood

May 7, 2017
Figured woods can command fancy prices. Here's a look at the grading system and the meaning behind some of the creative phrases used to designate them.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: SX4U

April 9, 2017
Do guitar model names most often leave you enlightened, confused, or indifferent?
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: For What It’s Worth

March 9, 2017
A few things to think about if you’re looking to “invest” in that must-have guitar.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Hugs, Counsel, and Confronting Blind Spots

February 16, 2017
Here’s a blast to the past: a list of almost 10 things about the guitar-building biz that our columnist would have shared with his younger self.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: The Price of Tides

January 18, 2017
The prices for the most highly sought-after vintage guitars remain in outer space, but you can still spend plenty on bottom-barrel instruments from the same era—if you’re into that.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: A Wing and a Player

December 1, 2016
If imitation is flattery, there’s plenty of flattery in guitar design. And that’s okay.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: I Have Seen the Enemy, and It’s OS

November 6, 2016
Pop the hatch on your self-driving car, load in your automated guitar, and head out for tonight’s gig?
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: The New Tone Generation

October 17, 2016
How pedals have challenged the dominance of organic guitar tone.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Lost in Translation

September 21, 2016
Does it matter if the person building your guitar knows how to play one?
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Better by the Dozen

August 3, 2016
If four strings aren’t floating your bass boat, have you considered 12?
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: The Aspirational Guitarist

July 19, 2016
Is that beautiful, expensive piece of gear performing to its potential in your hands?
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