Paul Schmidt commissioned this instrument. It was based around objects he had collected from Steve Klein's old shop (various guitar parts from his acoustics, the ebony bridge, a rosette, decorations). He also supplied the Rosewood neck, from a Klein acoustic. The shape echoes Klein's acoustic guitar design. The pickups are Fralin Jazzbars. This guitar gave rise to the later 'Nouveau Series' (2006-2009). Construction images and commentary
'Sheryl' has a flame Meranti back. I found a stock of this light, resonant wood with good figure and it yielded quite a few nice sounding guitars. A vintage Gibson minihumbucker and a vintage Tele bridge pickup along with a Walnut neck complete the instrument.
G0305 not a 'Totemguitar'
Lollar Imperial humbucker in the neck (splittable). Alder body, Mahogany neck w/ Cocobolo fingerboard. Tonepros wraparound bridge.
'Hidden Buddha' is the 75th Totemguitar completed. It contains autobiographical elements set over a flame Maple back with a flame Maple/Rosewood neck. Currently in the collection of Miyaji Kanda in Japan.
African idol, Kauri shells. Meranti back w/ Maple center stripe. 2 vintage 60's Gibson P-90's, PRS wraparound tailpiece. Maple neck w/Rosewood fingerboard. Sperzel locking tuners.
addl. Photos courtesy of Miyaji Gakki Tokyo, 1-4 Kanda Ogawamachi, Chiyodaku, Tokyo
Flame Meranti body, Maple neck/Ebony fingerboard. Vintage brass tremolo.