When I began video taping for my upcoming DVDs, the first thing I noticed was that my fingers weren't too visible because of the light color of my maple fingerboards. Rather than buying all new necks (or refingerboarding them with ebony or rosewood), I came up with a simpler solution... stain them. All of these fingerboards are maple, but are first drenched in black shoe polish, followed by a coat of black woodstain, a light coat of clear is applied, then are light-sanded with Scotchbrite. For full access of all 27 frets, I glue on a chunk of 3/4" x 1.5" inch maple wood to the end of the neck, then lay down a fingerboard that extends over the neck, shape it, cut 27 fret slots, then after the staining, refret with Jim Dunlop 6000 extra high jumbo frets.
I also didn't care for how my strat shaped guitars looked on video tape, so I decided that I needed to move on from the body shape that I have been playing for nearly forever. I came up with a wacky shape that is far more comfortable to play standing up, and I can reach the higher frets by leaning the guitar forward while resting the base of the guitar on my right thigh.
Around the time of my first video taping tests, Blotted Science was getting ready for a live rehearsal and I didn't have a 7 string. On the 'Machinations' recordings, I used two guitars. For the higher stuff, I used my purple and yellow strat tuned to E standard. For the lower stuff I used my Ink guitar, tuned A E A D G B. I considered playing my doubleneck for these rehearsals, but wanted a new body design anyway for the DVDs, so I built the black (with red blots) 7 string. I bought this BC Rich neck off of Matt Powell (an old student of mine), reshaped the headstock, and refingerboarded it maple. I really liked how this gtr looked on video tape, so I decided to fire up a 6 string to match it.
Next to be built was the red (with black blots) 6 string, which is now my main gtr. The neck that is on this guitar is from an Ibanez RG120. It was also refingerboarded with maple, with a scale length of 64 centimeters (25.2 inches).
I just recently finished building a 3rd gtr painted purple (with yellow blots), which I use for local gigs where I need to tune to Drop D. Actually, this gtr may become my main gtr soon because the neck that was on my purple and yellow strat is now on this guitar, and it's been my fav neck for nearly a decade.
The bodies are made of alder wood, have Seymour Duncan Distortion pickups, and Floyd Rose tremolo systems. The paint jobs were done by first applying a few solid color coats, then the last coat is done by laying the gtr flat, and smearing around the solid coat color with a different color forming the "blots".