Bootlegger with Bling!
Mandy Green from Stranraer is an accomplished guitar player, seasoned gigger, and one of the chief organisers of ParkFest and the Stranraer Guitar Club. Park Fest is an annual music event which takes place in Stranraer. The aim is not just to raise the roof, but also some money for a really good cause which actually saves lives – the RNLI and Stranraer’s own lifeboat and crew.
We first met Mandy at one of our open mic nights in Ayr – and were impressed by her powerful voice and great acoustic playing style. After a few more path crossings, she contacted us to see if we would do a display at the Festival. We decided to sponsor the first “Young Guns” night – 5 excellent local young bands opening the tent on the Fri night. What Mandy and the crew are doing down there is inspiring, and so we ended up donating a guitar shaped prize for the raffle – you can read about that here – and thought that was a great end to the story.
But happily Mandy contacted us again- this time with ideas to commission a custom acoustic guitar. Over the years she has played many guitars, but has found it difficult to find one that played as well as it sounds, and that she liked the look of….
Mandy wasn’t entirely sure what she wanted at first but made up her mind soon after playing my own Bootlegger Acoustic. She came for a Design Session so we both knew exactly what the spec would be, but the end result is often a pleasant surprise. I particularly enjoy doing all the fiddly bits and Mandy gave me plenty of those to keep me happy. She visited several times during the build to check up on progress and the spec got more blingy every time! Throughout the process I updated her photo album on Facebook so she could stay up to date.
The Soundboard, Fretboard and Headstock are all bound with Rosewood and Abalone and there is a Custom Headstock Inlay to Compliment the obligatory Bailey Logo- both in Mother of Pearl. The Rosette was first made with Ziricote and then a second ring of Abalone was inlaid into it.
Mandy designed her own inlays for the fretboard position markers and headstock – something she used to draw on her pencil case at school!
The guitar has a full gloss UV finish.
Mandy spent a lot time thinking about her sound and opted for an LR Baggs Anthem pick up with soundhole control.