Fender Stratocaster and a Gretch Jet. I selected this one because I have the speed of a strat and the sound that I want. Yes I would buy this guitar again if it was lost or stolen, but don't get any ideas. I don't know how this guitar could be better, maybe if the neck was a few hundredths wider at the third fret, but that is minutia. My favorite aspect of this guitar is the sound and versatility. I haven't found a bad thing to say about it yet, but I've only had it for a year. My guitar is unique to me If John made a guitar for you it would be unique to you. It's night and day when comparing it to a shelf model.
Model Year: 2004
Price: $1800.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Moranville Guitars
This guitar was made in the guitar shop of John Moranville in Aurora, Colorado, USA. John is a Master Luthier and you can visit his website at www.moranvilleguitars.com . The body is ash and the neck is birdseye maple.It has 22 frets and I use 6 GHS #.10 strings. It has 2 dual pot volume and tonal controls with a 5 way switch. It has Seymore-Duncan pickups (3) and they are configured; S/S/H. This guitar has active electronics. It has a natural finish that is purple in regular light but when heavy lighting hits it it flashes cobalt.The body style is that of a Stratocaster with Johns own subtle changes, that create the smoothest transition from the 12th fret to the 22nd fret without having to scrunch your wrist to get there. It has a string thru the body bridge style that is a wilkerson with a tremolo. It has Shaler lock in tuners.
My prefered action is a southern gator blues slide action that it seems that this guitar was made for. The action is extremely quick. The neck was custom made for my hand and the transition to the body is a feature that only Moranville has mastered. The only guitars I have really compared it to is the American Deluxe Fender Stratocaster or other custom Fender Strats. It plays and sounds better than they do because it was made for me. Some Fenders feel like my guitar, and some Fenders sound like my guitar (not many), but none do both. The only flaw is that sometimes when I am playing on the third fret it seems that the neck is too narrow at that point, but it is really my style that must change.
I play this guitar through a Mesa Boogie 50 watt Rectifier. It makes such a sweet sound. I play southern Gator Blues/ Jazz. It seems that the Guitar was made for this style of play. It is well suited for slide, and metal, and rock, and country. But the sound that it reall produces is a David Gilmorish-Steve Vai-Joe Bonamassa-Chris Duarte. Can you dig it? With the versatility of this guitar I can produce a warm or cool sound. I can get as dark as I want. I can't compare this sound with other guitars because of the electronics package on this guitar. No mods at this time, no noise either. Stage, this is a stage guitar all the way.
I've had it for a year and I play roughly two to six hours a day on it, no problems. I take it in once every six months but so far no work has been needed. Since it is only a year old it isn't showing any sign of wear except on the fingerboard, where I play the heck out of it. I live in Colorado so the climate is very dry I keep it in my basement, but I do venture out to my neighbors house two to three times a week to jam with him, No problems.