I don't have much time, but want to get some pics up for the people who have been waiting so long to see this guitar. It is truly gorgeous, and not just a cosmetic showpiece, but a real player's axe. Just as exciting was to see the interest from all kinds of people in the instrument and of course the display of Tommy's clothing, gold records, and photos. Many friends stopped by the Dean booth, and many new friends were made. Thousands and thousands of people here, practically the whole music industry, I'll post more details as time permits.
I designed the guitar as a tribute to Tommy, and stylized the famous image of him from the "Teaser" album, adapting it to a Strat-shape body. One of Tommy's surviving axes was used to base measurements and specifications on, and the pickups were custom hand-wound to match the impedence. The flame maple neck is unfinished on the back. Brushed chrome hardware, Sperzel tuning machines, Wilkinson bridge.
One of Tommy's Strats that he is seen playing with the James Gang had a Telecaster neck. I designed the headstock of this guitar to echo the Strat and Tele look, but it is unique to this Dean guitar.
"Teaser" is inlaid at the twelfth fret.
Johnnie Bolin and I very happy to see this project finally come to life!
Tommy on the Jumbotron and a few of the Dean Girls.
Elliott Rubinson (CEO Dean Guitars), Johnnie Bolin, Nick, Dean's Russian distributor.
Tommy fans and rock history buffs were thrilled to see this collection never before gathered in a venue such as NAMM.
I also designed the ad that Dean will be marketing the guitar with. They printed posters and Johnnie was kept busy autographing them. Japanese fans are particularly interested as Tommy (and Deep Purple) were huge there. Johnnie was interviewed for a Japanese music website, We Rock City,and we were both interviewed by Premier Guitar - look for that to appear on the website soon.