Hi. I'm Dmitry Sushkov, a luthier from Prague, the Heart of Europe. I have started my own guitar shop July 2015, but with a long guitar making background as employee. I have already posted my guitars here, you can check them in 2016` GOTM archive (both are winners).
The Wahlgaard project.
This build took me almost whole 2017. Starting from sketches to shipping. The customer is Ragne Wahlquist, a guitarist of Heavy Load, well known Swedish oldschool metal band. The story of this guitar started 3 years ago when I bought a very nice curly walnut slab (just couple pieces remained for now ) and made my first demo guitar, - the Saracen with beautiful flamed walnut top. Wahlquist means a walnut leave in Sweden and Ragne searched for some special guitar made from walnut for upcoming (top secret at the time) reunion his old Heavy Load band. He felt very limited with just 6 strings and wanted NINE of them. After couple months of discussions I started from a very raw sketch made in FreeCAD.
After almost a year Ragne received a very nice Christmas gift Here you can check his own impressions.
The specs are:
Guitar construction: 9 strings set-neck headless baritone.
Hardware color: gold
Body wood: sapele mahogany
Top wood: american black walnut
Body inlays: custom MOP customer's signature
Neck construction: 3 piece with carbon laminates
Scale length: 28"
Neck wood: sapele mahogany
Fretboard wood: ebony
Frets: 29 x stainless steel SINTOMS (20 x 2.5mm and 9 x 2mm)
Fretboard inlays: custom MOP "leaves" and customer's personal monogram
Finish: clear coat high-gloss polyesther
Pickups: 2 x custom made PAF inspired, wide AlNiCo5 bar magnets and gold plated poles, brass base plate.
Bridge: Gold plated MERA Submarine III rev.2
Nut: Black TUSQ.
Toplock tailpiece: custom made MERA.
Truss rod: 1 x double action.
Electronics: active onboard very bright sounding JFET preamp.
Controls: 2 volume pots, 1 tone pot, pickup selector switch, preamp switch.
Case: SKB waterproof Injection-Molded flight case.
And some videos from 2018 festivals: