Zerberus Guitars / Makore Triton / 2011 / Black Cherry / Guitar For Sale
Trusrod: Göldo double dual action trussrod
Iluminated Side-Dots (Clear-White)
So far about the hard facts - but what about the sound and the character?
Most of that tonewoods have theyr own story to tell.
For example the german walnut from that Triton was meant to be a living room cabinet one day.
But it was stored in the attic of a barn and then forgotten for 25 Years.
Now it is the basis of a wonderfull guitar.
We don´t find Makoré here in Germany ;) So I had to buy that amazing piece of wild flamed Makoré from a precious woods dealer.
I like that very dense and hard wood for it´s sound character and also for the way that the flames shine as soon as some light hits the handcarved top.
The Beech in the middle of the neck was a present from a friendly customer who inherited that nice wood from his father.
Perfectly straight and stored for more than 60 Years - a great deal for the middle layer on a great neck.
Regarding the side layers - I have bought this wood directly from a sawmill in my area 20 Years ago.
That wood is called "Elsbeere" (Sorbus torminalis).
The planks that I picked out has some nice flames and is very dense, similar to a hard Maple.
I have used Lacewood for the fretboard.
Meanwhile I prefer to use Lacewood for my fretboards because of the very cool look.
Maybee you have noticed it: The fretboard has a mixed-fret-system.
That means that the frets from 1 to 12 are 2.8mm wide and the frets from 13 to 24 are 2.3mm wide.
That system gives your fingers more space in the higher frets.
The neck is perfectly glued in using Titebond glue (I allways use Titebond - for me - simply the best glue).
I use to keep the parts under pressure when glueing for more than a least 48 hours.
When glueing on the top, I use 20 heavy duty bar clamps with a pressure of approx. 200kg/each.
That makes 4000 Kilogramms pressure for more than 48 hours.
In the end the top and base are close-knit like beeing one piece.
I am not in a hurry when making a guitar and so I take all the time for joining the parts together.
I don´t have any computer controled CNC machine that spits out allmost finsihed bodies and necks.
I do all the carving and routing by hand and so (no wonder) it takes 6 months and more to make a guitar like that as a unique specimen.
This is my baby because I - drive arround and buy the lumber - develop the designs - build the complete guitar in handycraft - apply the dye and approx. 12 layers of crystal gloss clear coat - assemble the electronis - do the fretworks and make the setup (please notice: of course I allways recrown the frets after fret-dressing jobs. And after that - of course - I polish the fretboard and the frets on my buffing machine) - hand-polish the finsihed guitars - play them to see how they sound.
I even shot the photos and created the website :)
I simply love guitars.
The Makoré Triton has iluminated side dots (clear white).
Therefore I have layed in a fiber bundle into the neck.
Only 1 LED fires the optical fibers and so the 9V battery will last a lifetime.
On the backside you can see a cavity with a mini-switch to switch the side dots between "Off", "Bright" and "Dimmed".
Even if you switch to "Off" you can orientate on the white acrylic side dots.
An amazing feature if you have to play on a dark stage or in a dimly lit club.
The Makoré Triton has a very warm and melodic sound with a lot of sustain.
Thanks to the unusual lumber and the P90 pickups that guitar has a lot of individual character when she sings.
When I developed that guitar I really wanted to make something that has its very own and special sound.
The Makoré Triton is great for a wide range of styles from Blues, Jazz, Funk and so on to Rock and Heavy.
But I think it is best when beeing played clean or crunchy.
It is´nt a heavy axe - if I wanted that guitar to be a trash-metal-axe, I would have gone a completely other way using fat humbuckers, a Floyd Rose vibrato, a Maple neck and so on.... (If you want me to build a heavy-axe for you - no problem! I have got some nice lumber and killer-humbuckers in my workshop, too)
The P90 pickps do a great job but a P90 can be a little bit constricted regarding its sound range.
That´s why I installed a 5-way rotary switch to offer more tonal posibilities.
The first 2 postions offer a more crispy sound with reduced bass frequencies
Position 3 (the middle position) is the pure P90 sound without any tonal influence
The last 2 positions offer 2 steps of reduced brights.
So you have got 5 basic characters to choose from without affecting the regular sound control.
The neck has a shape simplar to the good old Stratos.
If you are a highspeed Wizzard-Neck shredder - keep your fingers from that guitar.
But If you love tones that sing and give you goosebumps - this is the guitar for you
Zerberus Guitars, Germany
All custom guitars are completely made by only one luthier - ME.
Zerberus-Guitars is some kind of a One-Man-Show and it´s only me in the workshop.
I do all the works - drive arround to find amazing long time stored lumber - saw out the bodies and necks -shape that all by hand without using CNC machines - equipp the hardware - install the electronis - paint the guitars and so on......I also take the photos and make the website.
No step of my work is done by someone else.
That makes the guitars very unique.
Building such a handmade unique specimen takes at least 6 months.
For making my custom guitars, I don´t use computer controled CNC-machines.
I do all the routings and carvings by hand and so I am not restricted to any standard designs.
I come from a very musical family.
My grandfather played trumpet in a band and my father is a professional rock´n roll guitarist in my region.
On the other hand my ancestors have been very skilled craftsmen who worked as makers of wood cartweels (Grand-grandfather) and wood barrels (Grandfather).
My father does not have a hand for woodworking :)
But he is a lifetime Rock guitarist.
So in my person the two rows come together being a rock guitarist that also loves woodworking :)
I have inherited some woodworking tools from my grand-grandfather that I still use when building my handcrafted custom guitars.
When I was 14, I have built my first guitar with the help of an old luthier.
Later in 1992 I had my own design company and I specialised in guitar design (have played in several bands this time).
Later in 2002 I founded my very own guitar company Zerberus-Guitars and fullfiled one of my biggest childhood dreams with that.
Is it your dream to own an instrument that is the only one of its kind on the planet, as individual as you - the owner, an instrument that is lovingly handcrafted, using selected timbers and the finest hardware, to satisfy your very own aesthetics, needs and personal preferences?
In my Custom Shop, I specialize in carefully hand-building the kinds of guitars and basses that reflect the DNA of their players. I do not employ CNC-machines which mechanically churn out half-finished guitar bodies every few minutes. By contrast, all carving, assembly and finishing is performed by one skilled craftsman, so that my guitars can not be clones of any models made previously.
Each instrument leaving my Custom Shop is a unique specimen. And not being restricted to proprietary designs, I am able to develop very individual guitars and basses in response to the originality and inspiration of our clients.
If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us.