Zerberus Guitars / Gorgonized Nemesis / 2016 / White Carrara / Guitar
My gorgonized Nemesis guitars now also can be pre-ordered at Red Dragon Guitars in Sparta North Carolina and also at Boxcarguitars in Encinidas California. Both shops have some of my gorgonized guitars in their showroom.
Go check ´em out and get gorgonized !!!
Today I proudly offer you something very special.
At the Anaheim NAMM show (January 2016) I debuted with my new gorgonized guitars with real stone top.
Those “gorgonized” guitars have a chambered Mahogany body with a 5 mm top made of real stone like Amethyst, Tiger´s eye, Labradorite,
Brazilian Onyx Fantastico, White Italian Carrara marble and many more.
The new guitars aroused a lot interest from the customer side and also from the media.
It is hard to believe what the real stone top does for the sound.
All I can say is that those are the best sounding guitars that I ever built.
You hit the strings and you feel how powerful and continuous the whole guitar resonates.
I have done this side by side with "normal" guitars and the gorgonized guitars still keeps ringing when a standard guitar already is quiet.
I had one guitar with me that has a top made of real 0.196" thick Italian White Carrara Arabescato and Today I am proud to offer this guitar on Reverb .
Neck scale: 648mm (25.5" scale)
Fretboard radius: 14"
Fretboard made of Rosewood
Tuners: Schaller DaVinci
Nut: Wilkinson roller nut
Medium fret size 24 frets
Neck material: Hard Maple with Purple Heart stripes
Truss rod: Double action Truss Rod
Chambered Body: Light Pink Mahogany
Pickups: Harry Häussel / VIN N A2 Neck + VIN+ B A5 Bridge
Potiknobs: My own Zerberus Design with White Carrara caps
Controls: Master Volume / Master Tone
Both potentiometers are push-pull-types.
Each knob can split one humbucker into single coil (sounds increddible and makes the gutar extremely versatile)
Top is made of genuine White Italian Carrara Marble.
The top is 5mm (0.196") thick and stabilized with a fiberglass backing net.
The guitar come inside a luxury hard case that was built explicit for the Nemesis guitars.
Thanks to the the coil split, the gorgonized Nemesis is extremely versatile.
The pickups are made by Harry Häussel in Germany and the have a really warm and powerful tone.
You can get everything from fat humbucker sound to crunchy-percussive single-coil sounds.
I have applied a Black and holgram Gold pinstripe and the top can be backlit Blue by LED technology (see the NAMM video).
The term “Gorgonized” originates from the Greek mythology and has the meaning of “petrify”.
With one look, the Medusa (one of the Gorgons) was able to petrify her enemies.
The term “Gorgonized” stands for our guitars with tops of genuine stone and gemstone.
First people find it hard to believe that the top really is made of stone and then they ask for the weight.
With only 3,5 Kilograms the gorgonized guitars are not heavier that most standard electric guitars.
And as soon as people pay the guitar they are surprised about the fast attack and long and even sustain of the gorgonized guitars.
Most people find it very surprising how strong a top made of stone can resonate.
How does such a “gorgonized” Guitar sound?
Is the stone top only an optical gag or does it have any influence on the sound?
Stone and wood have a completely different micro structure.
On a wood top the sound waves move along the wood grain much stronger than to the side.
On a stone top the sound waves spread much more even in all directions making the whole top resonate with a long and even sustain.
This is because stone has a dense molecular crystal grid structure while wood has an open cell structure.
Mounting the bridge directly on the stone top with the strings going thru the Mahogany body allows a very strong attack and continuous and even sustain.
The gorgonized guitars offer distinct acoustic volume, even unplugged.
Played through an amp, they deliver a well balanced sound that stays clear even in high gain.
Even with their chambered bodies and stone tops, they aren’t prone to feedback.
The top at first touch might feel cold, but that changes after a few minutes and they don’t stick with their arm on the top like they use to do on a clear coated wooden top.
Another great benefit of the stone top is the fact that it is much more scratch and damage resistant than a wooden top.
Sustain and sustainability: Often rare and exotic lumber is used for the tops of standard electric guitars.
Those tops have to be dyed and painted to give them nice colors and appeal.
Stone as a material is completely different.
There is a whole universe of colors and structures waiting to become a top on a gorgonized guitar.
No need to cut down exotic forests to make a beautiful top.
No need to apply chemical dye and paint to make the top shine.
There are possibilities that are unimaginable on wood.
Stone can have fossils, crystals, crazy colors and it can be cut in any direction or even illuminated from the backside.
And each top is absolutely unique like a fingerprint.
For most guitar players and builders it might be hard to swallow that bitter pill, but stone as a material simply is superior to wood.
But on the other hand it does not work without using wood for the body and neck material.
It is the combination of both worlds – wood and stone – that breathe life and soul into the gorgonized guitars.
The gorgonized Nemesis guitars come inside a luxury Zerberus hardcase and include a certificate.
If you want to see more guitars please visit the zerberus-guitars website.
If you have any questions, please kindly contact me by mail.
I am always glad to receive mails :)
You can find my mail address on the Zerberus-Guitars website. (the German address).
Regarding the shipment:
I do my best to protect the guitar as good as I can.
That means that I use overseas cardboard which is very sturdy.
Then I warp a lot of Red tape around the parcel with the printing “Handle with care!!!”.
I really do my best to make the shipment safe and secure.
In other words, I will make the packing as safe as I can so nothing shall damage the guitar inside.
The shipment from Germany to the USA via DHL is free (for you) and the guitar is fully insured.
So if a guitar gets lost, the shipping company will pay full refund.
But I always suggest to contact me first beforehand so we can talk about other shipping options.
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.