Hello and Happy May Day everyone.
So.. Moderate rock
May day, every day, my day
Could've had a heart attack, my heart
We don't know anything, my heart
We all want something fair, my heart
Tune's on, thread can start.
For those who followed this project, you know on which references -or lack thereof- I've decided to replicate Cobain's Jag-stang prototype, so.. I want to state that this work is solely based on what my eyes perceived just by looking & using old pictures and what I managed to gather up throughout the interwebz: therefore I'm not claiming it's EXACTLY like the real deal, it's just as close as I can get.
You look, you judge, I'll make further tweaks.
Crucial note: pictures were most of the time altered by perspective, crazy stage light and all sort of alteration... hence, among all of my revisions, I tried to find the one who matched the highest number of samples at my disposal.
I took bits and pieces from all those mentioned revisions and found out that none of them is as close to the real thing as this one I'm about to show you.
I couldn't replicate the exact environments/angles/lights & shadows parameters, but trust me... orbiting the 3D render to every degree proved to be even closer than what I managed to photograph.
All my previous revions are kinda there, but this one is different and unique:
Amon Rev. 13
Focus on the pickguard's bottom shape and the silhouette of the body all across lower horn---> bottom cutaway----> control plate. Seems to match.
This pic also is one of my best reference for the body thickness AND, if you look closely, you see ONLY 3 screws on the upper side of the pickguard.
Still focus on the lower side of the guitar. A further close-up of the lower horn. Its thickness, the body radius and the control plate area. Seems to match. (Top horn seems to be off... Bear with me for a bit)
General guitar outline... all seems to match..
YET, it looks like the top horn is off by a lot. Said horn has been a major PITA, as it looks different in almost every pic.
In this specific one it looks like the inner cutaway is waaaaay straighten than it actually is.
Onwards, this next one will give you an idea of how much I had to fight against lighting and bloody perspective distortion...
Keep in mind it's always the same rendering, but the reference pic is from a different show. Now we're seeing the bastard -the top horn- in its true shape (both inner cutaway, outer silhouette and tip).
Do they look similar
Damn perspective and lights..
Now render and actual thing look rather matching, what do you think?
Just because I can't help myself criss-crossing things to see if I'm on the right tracks and not misled... I had to do some other confrontations... hence... let's see if this horn behaves the same from another angle...
looks like they are still matching accordingly..
But now my eyes noticed 2 things:
1) yes, the already mentioned 3 screws in the pickguard instead of the standard 5 we have in prototype #2 and production models;
2) the edge of the pickguard looks dangerously closer to the cutaway than what I see in the render... I HAD to triple-check (x100, if you wonder how much I did it in reality) what was going on... so...
Did I mention that lights/shadows/perspective can alter things dramatically? Yup, just a 1 degree angle and things morph from horse to donkey.
Enhancing the real edges out of the body's roundover against the pickguard's chamfer proves the distance is actually the same.
Well... render vs Mike Mills action shot. Body thickness, roundover and horn outline... all seems to match.
I guess that's all I've got, folks... If you catch anything I might have overlooked or that is plain wrong... let me know.