A video by Kris Pawlowski showing the construction and handover of a long scale 12 string for John Fowler. John is quite the deftest 12 string player I’ve ever heard as you can see in the second half of the video. Then at the end he checks out the pickup before plugging into his looper and having a bit of fun – a wonderfully satisfying moment.
Soundtrack to the first half of the video is by John’s Band The Halo Project.
There’s a slightly embarrassing moment – for me, the maker, that is – half way through when I’m trying to explain that a long scale 12 string with medium gauge strings is the kind of thing that can make a luthier nervous! I make light highly responsive guitars, it took a lot of care and attention to get just the right compromise between my usual instruments and the massive tension on an instrument like this
It all turned out well – that high tension produces massive power. This is without doubt the loudest instrument I’ve ever made. And it’s gone to a great player. Kris’s video is just the icing on the cake – a very satisfying project.