Ron Jarzombek Custom Guitars
These are the 3 guitars that I am currently playing live and on recordings...
These old guitars (several of them retired) have bodies that are made from
poplar and maple woods. A few of them were built when my left hand was
wasted. I guess you could say that during that time instead of practicing
guitar, I was building them. The necks were taken off of guitars that I came
across at local music stores. I sand the fingerboards off of the necks and
slap on a piece of 1/4" hard maple. Shape it, cut 24 fret slots and hammer
in Jim Dunlop jumbo frets. All guitars have one Seymour Duncan SH6 pickup,
and a Floyd Rose tremolo. The swirl paint jobs were done by laying the
guitar down flat and pouring on different colored paints, then smearing
This guitar took me about 10 months to build. I built it mainly to be able to
play songs off of "Ink Compatible" live. That never happened.
As you can see the bridges and necks are offset. The reason for this is to
have the whammy bar on the top neck for lead playing (which helps having
the strings closer). If the necks were even, whenever the bottom neck is
played, the wrist would hit the whammy bar, and severely interfere with
playing. So when I play the bottom neck, the whammy bar from the Floyd
Rose is in front of my hand. Notice that the top neck has about 1 1/2'
of wood after the 24th fret which allows for TOTAL access to all frets.
The main holdup building the guitar was figuring out how I was going to get
the thin lines on the circuit board. I tried painting them on with fine brushes,
and it looked awful. I finally thought of using the racing striping tape that
they use on cars. It was very difficult getting the curves cut just right, but
the persistence paid off. I also wasn't sure what colors to paint it, but I
decided on an off-red, to match the gold "Ink Compatible" cover PC board
tape. I also laid out some paste on letters and numbers for the (R) resistors
and (C) capacitors. And the pickups are integrated circuits!
There's not much to say about this guitar, actually. I needed another guitar
for gigging so I put this together and painted it green and white. After I did the
swirl paint job, it was too green so I put a bunch of white dots everywhere.
I should have painted this guitar red, because after I put this guitar together
I then built the doubleneck which should have been the same green
background color as the printed circuit board on the Spastic Ink
"Ink Compatible" CD cover. I ended up painting the doubleneck red so I wouldn't
have two green guitars.
This body was traced off of a Jackson/Charvel Strat. I used mostly poplar
wood (versus maple on the old one), so it is a much lighter guitar.
The headstock was signed by Yngwie Malmsteen.
1. Take my main guitar (red strat) in one case, clothes in another case,
but have no backup guitar.
2. Take two guitars in two cases and play onstage naked.
3. Come up with something else.
I decided that I didn't like the first two choices. After thinking about
it for a while, I came up with a plan.
I would build a guitar that was so small that it would fit inside the
case of another guitar while the other guitar was still in the case, and
this is what I came up with.
And so I built the thing, made sure it worked, then took it apart.
The body was then fitted into the other guitar case, the neck went
into a giant suitcase along with the whammy bar, pickup, knob, shirts,
stretch pants, socks and underwear. When we arrived in France I put
the guitar together in the hotel, put on my socks and underwear and
was ready to go. The guitar appeared on the front cover of a Dutch
magazine called StageTime. I think the photo was taken from the last
show of the tour in Rotterdam.
I carefully designed and built this guitar, painting it purple, yellow,
blue, and white swirl. I think I did only one gig with this thing. When I
played it, it nearly killed my shoulder. It was too damn heavy. Plus, when
I played on the bottom neck, my hand kept hitting the whammy bar of the
top neck. The necks were swinging all over the place, hitting everything.
I sadly took it apart and am using the parts on other guitars. The top
neck, which has 29 frets, is on the purple and yellow swirl strat.
he bottom neck is now on the small travel guitar.
P. S. My room was a little messy when I took this picture, sorry about that.
Appropriately enough, "Mathematics" never happened, and so I took it
apart. The parts from the guitar are either on other guitars or are
floating around somewhere, kind of like the "Mathematics" 4 track tapes
with the new Tower songs!