Frühe und seltene Variante des ursprünglichen Burst-angelehnten Modells b1 des früheren Gibson und Fender Custom Shop Master Builders Gene Baker. Dieses Instrument verfügt über ein angenehmes Gewicht, spielt sich bestens und liefert am Amp tolle Burst-style Sounds.
Von Gene Bakers Website www.b3guitars.com:
Building and selling his own “Mean Gene” custom guitars began a
series of events which soon found Gene apprenticing under fabled luthier
Roger Giffin, head of Gibson’s west coast Custom Shop in those days, so
impressed was he with Gene’s work.
With two years under Roger, his passion fully ignited, and his skills
finely honed, Gene moved to the Fender Custom Shop in Corona,
California in 1993. Known as the “Golden Age” of the Fender Custom Shop,
there Gene was mentored by the likes of George Amicay, Jay Black, Larry
Brooks, Jason Davis, John English, Kenny Gin, Alan Hamel, Yasuhiko
Iwanade, Mark Kendrick, Todd Krause, Alex Perez, Steve Stern, Fred
Stuart, John Suhr, and John Page, some of which he later joined together
with in other ventures.
Gene quickly rose to the position of Senior Master Builder at Fender.
Some highlights include his close collaborations with Robben Ford and
Jeff Rivera, while others include the first contemporary carved Strats,
the reissue of mid-late 60’s large headstock Strats, the production of
round-lam necks, twelve strings, double necks, bajo sextos, the
Showmaster Strats, and the John Jorgenson signature model.
The next decade saw Gene overseeing production, master building, and
partnering with companies like Ernie Ball, D’Angelico, and others. But
in 2003 Gene made yet another decision which was to bring into focus his
lasting and true calling – the decision to craft his own fully custom
guitars and offer them to players from all walks of life. At the summit
of his skills as a master builder, he wanted to offer players, without
limitation, the very finest in what could be accomplished with the
Drawing on his own experience hand building some of the most storied
guitar models in history and having been, in many cases, present at
their genesis, Gene created b3 Guitars. The Legacy line features two of
the most iconic silhouettes in guitar history, the Phoenix and SL, the successor to his early model b1.