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Shannon Gaudio
I built these guitars, “Leather Face” and “Blue Jeanie,” from bodies I acquired when I worked for Tom Anderson Guitarworks. The denim guitar’s body is alder and the leather’s is silver maple. These bodies were seconds that Tom would give us deals on. Both guitars have a Seymour Duncan Custom 5 bridge pickup.

For Blue Jeanie, I made the pickguard and used BlackShot for the graphics. The jeans were from my wife’s collection—shhhh, don’t tell! It has a copper-finished Floyd (you can get a partially brushed finish from Floyd, but I prefer more copper).

Leather Face is an ode to the hair-farmer days—a bit of Lynch and DeMartini mixed. It has custom-cut diamond plate, and the leather is from an old Indian motorcycle jacket I got from my stepdad. It was too small when I got older, and I didn’t want to sell it, so this was the best way I could think of to recycle it. I used a blowtorch to change the Floyd color. I do custom guitar builds and wanted to show the extremes.

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