Zerberus / Hydra / 2017 / Preseli Bluestone / Guitar For Sale
Today I offer you something very special.
I started building this guitar in 2010 and I finished it in 2013.
Built it from scratch without using any CNC machines.
It is a gorgonized Hydra model with a real Preseli Bluestone top.
By the way - this is the same stone from the same quarry where the monoliths of Stonehenge were mined.
A very powerful stone on a very powerful guitar :)
YES! The top is made of genuine Preseli Bluestone with 7mm (0.28 inch).
I started experimenting with real stone top guitars in 2007 and in 2010 I got a phone call from a guy named Dr. Colin R. Shearing.
He lived near the area (Pembrokeshire) where the stone for the Stonehenge monoliths were mined and he always was fascinated by that mystic stone.
After discussing the possibility to build a guitar with a real Preseli Bluestone top, Colin sent one block to a stonemason in Italy.
Those specialist cut the stone so he got one tile that witch 7mm thickness.
He applied a fiberglass mesh backing with epoxy and sent that tile to me in Germany.
I took it to company that does water cut jobs and they cut it into the shape of a Hydra guitar.
I have built a chambered body of 40 Years old Mahogany with a glued in neck that was made of stripes of Bird´s Eye Maple, Quilted Maple, Mahogany and Purple-Heart. The fretboard is made of Lacewood and the frets have a mixed fret system with 2.8mm frets from 1 to 12 and 2.3mm frets from 13 to 24.
I have installed a set of Kammerstein Z2 humbuckers.
The controls are one master volume, one master tone and a split shift potentiometer that seamless splits each humbucker into a real singlecoil.
A very versatile type of control.
By the way: I have made the knobs of Mahogany and layed in Black Onyx Gems as markers.
The neck has illuminated side dots.
After 3 Years the Stonehenge-Hydra was finished and it sounds incredible.
The Stonetop-Hydra has a top that is 7mm and so the weight is 9.9 pounds.
That is OK since the guitar is perfectly balanced at the strap.
I kept designing and building guitars with real 5mm stone top and meanwhile they only have around 7.9 pounds.
But I will no more build another guitar with Preseli Bluestone because this Year Colin died and he was my source for that fantastic stone.
I kept that guitar in my showroom at home for all that time but now I want to offer it to somebody who makes good use of it.
The Stonehenge-Hydra comes inside a very stable hard case and with certificate.
The sound is amazing and the guitar is so versatile.
Long before Colin died, he built a small website with information about the Stonehenge-Hydra.
That site still is online and you can find a lot of information about the project and the powerful stone on it.
It is www.stonehengeguitars.com and you really should check out all the information.
If you have any question, please kindly let me know and I will be at your service.
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.