Jimmie Bruhn Custom Guitars
Black Strat Top Shot
A closeup of this strat's top exposing more detail of the extreme surface cracks.
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What struck me about Jimmie's unique style is his proprietary technique to create stunning and detailed finish cracks. I would go as far as saying that this would be his signature 'mark' which distinguishes his style from any other vintage guitar relicer.
See Jimmie's creativity shine through with his unique finish distressing techniques. Most notable are what I call: The Orange Peel Finish and the Distressed-Faded-Jeans Finish. See for yourself!
Route 66 Vintage Telecaster
This is one of the most stunning examples of a heavy relic Telecaster which tells it's own story
Finish cracks and checks are only one parts o the equation. These guitars also need to have been played, ALOT. Jimmie is not shy about bringing out the guitar's story through his relicing techniques. See some great example of his heavier relics here.
Jimmie often works on intrinsically cool guitars as which serve as a catalyst for some of his innovative design concepts. Here are few of these fine instruments.
Jimmie Bruhn, a lifelong guitar player, songwriter and performer, was raised in a predominantly musical environment, always surrounded by a myriad of musical instruments. His desire to find out what makes these instruments 'tick' started at a very early age as they were literally in every room of the house! Eventually the guitar became his primary obsession, and a life-long love affair was born. To Jimmie, each one had its own identity, regardless of whether it was collectable, popular, or something he literally found in the trash (true story!). As long as it had that “special something”, he was all over it. Needless to say, his collection grew quite fast and all for different reasons. "Love ‘em all!" he says.
Jimmie appreciates a beautiful finish as much as anyone, but always loved the look of a well-used (and sometimes abused) instrument. So he started building things and doing custom finishes strictly for his own amusement. He would use brand new, average, off the shelf guitars, and learned to create vintage finishes so that every scrape and scratch told a story. His imagination ran wild thinking of where the instrument might have been during its journey, the places and faces it’s seen, the hands that played it, or the beds it had been stored under for decades. Authenticity was his primary goal, even though he knew it was all a muse for his imagination. What appeared to be random damage, road rash, or an unfortunate accident was all calculated and deliberate, filtered through his years of instrument obsession. The goal was to hold an instrument that looked and felt like an authentic road axe, not some shiny new cheap guitar.
Jimmie's commitment to the “unique and authentic” hasn’t changed. Each and every piece is hand-crafted as its own unique story with no two alike. Each piece is made as though it was for his own personal collection (and he admits, some have been tough to part with!). To date, Jimmie has literally devised highly specialized techniques and applications to give his guitars a look that cannot be found anywhere else. From extreme finish cracks and check marks through the entire guitar body to a stunning orange peel effect, Jimmie's custom vintage guitars are truly one of a kind works of art.
I am honored to have a gallery dedicated to Jimmie's guitars on this site. I know that you will be as inspired by these guitars as I am.