As a fan of hockey, guitars, and awesome things, the past two weeks have been very good to me. Well, except for the lockout, which is neither hockey nor awesome. The guitars front, however, is doing pretty well.
A couple weeks ago I introduced you to Reed Hein, a diehard hockey fan with a penchant for building guitars. The Team Canada guitar he built in honour of the gold medal victory in 2010 was a thing of beauty, but he also let me know that he had another guitar in the works, this time a Winnipeg Jets guitar.
Now that guitar is finished and it is all kinds of fantastic.
One of my main priorities after seeing the Team Canada guitar was to hear the Team Canada guitar. Reed was kind enough to enlist the help of two of his bandmates, Daniel and Tyson, to put both guitars through their paces at their weekly band practice. Reed plays drums in the band, which I am told is called Zombified.
Reed’s bandmates are content to do a little riffing and shredding on the guitars, but I want to take that Winnipeg Jets guitar and start a Winnipeg music cover band. Our set list would include “Tournament of Hearts” by The Weakerthans, “Afternoons & Coffeespoons” by Crash Test Dummies, “American Woman” by The Guess Who, “Wake the Dead” by Comeback Kid, “Stereo” by The Watchmen, “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” by Bachman-Turner Overdrive, “I Love Myself Today” by Bif Naked, “Take a Message” by Remy Shand, and, of course, “Dear Coach’s Corner” by Propagandhi. For an encore, throw in an extended jam on “Keep On Rockin’ in the Free World” by Winnipeg’s own Neil Young.
Yes, it would be a weird show.
In any case, both guitars sound eminently playable, though I’m curious to know how they would sound clean and how well they stay in tune. Just a reminder: the Jets guitar is only the second guitar that Reed has ever built.
The guitar is modelled after the Jets’ secondary logo that is worn on the shoulders of their jerseys, which is far more interesting than their main logo, which looks like it was drawn by a father trying to explain the birds and the bees to his kid using the least offensive images he could think of.
Pretty much the only criticism I could make would be about the lettering, but the rest of the guitar turned out so awesome that I feel like a jerk even bringing it up. The maple leaf in the centre is particularly well executed.
Seriously, this guitar looks fantastic. It makes me dearly wish the Vancouver Canucks had a logo that would translate well onto the body of a guitar.
Finally, here’s a pumpkin carved by the same guy, shared by his co-worker, Arnold. If you’ve ever wanted to see Andrew Ladd on the side of a pumpkin, now’s your chance.