Panuccis are played by musicians. So it’s not a surprise to see them regularly on stage and on television. The Dutch TV show De Wereld Draait Door (DWDD) features a lot of musicians, including De Staat, Chef’Special, Lucas Hamming, MisterandMississipi and many others. However, this time, when Leif de Leeuw hit the stage, his presence was staggering. The occasion was the death of Chuck Berry. As an act of tribute, Leif de Leeuw put his boots on the table and let his guitar scream, Johnny be good. One minute of playing and this video was shared virally on Facebook. The vintage sound completely matches the song and Leif’s playing and performance just does it. He plays his own guitar, Panucci 59-C-29. You can see more of Leif on our YouTube Channel. We really enjoy Leif’s talent and his love of Panuccis.
All the year I had been so busy with all kinds of orders, but finally I managed to take some time for starting my own models. Actually, these are re-issues, or re-inspired recreations of the models that I made since the late ’90. I have always been very reluctant to build the traditional models. Six years ago I started these for fun, when I was following advanced training for building acoustic and archtop guitars. As these picked up very well, I got more and more fun in building my ’59s and the original model was always slumbering in the back of my head.
Freija was the main guest for night show Nachtkijkers (night vision goggles) for Radio 1. The whole show from 2AM till 6AM! Her main topic is exploring the future and her work as chair of the Dutch Future Society. Reporter Ruben Kooren paid a visit to The Guitar Lounge and made a report on my work and Panucci Custom Guitars. I invited my friend and neighbour Roman Baatenburg de Jong to make some guitar noise for the radio.
I am never fond of raising prices. Didn’t do so when sales taxes went up in the Netherlands. Didn’t do it when the Euro went down on the Dollar.
We congratulate the winners of this year’s SYTGA, Antonio Molina Moya and Tom Renet with their first price of a custom Panucci guitar. We are looking forward to discuss their wishes, favorite specs to find what they were looking for, just as we did last year for Leif de Leeuw and Ryan Vroon. Having seen all the other contestants, we know the competition was tough. Therefore, also congratulations to all the other great guitar players. Just join the competition next time, and who knows!
Sheer coincidentally, there are several Panucci players in the Cologne region. And even more so interested in Panucci. Then one Cologne guitar player came to my shop and invited me to his practice basement in Cologne. And so a group of eight guitar players were there and the space full of Panuccis. Some brought their own Panuccis, so there were more ’59s than ever in my store! For two guitar players, it was a special moment, as we delivered their custom order. The first sounds of them playing it, were magic.
In this early stage of the ’59 series, I need some thorough testing to get a good understanding of the sound and how they are appreciated. Especially because vintage guitars and the real ’59s (build between ’58 and ’60) sound a bit differently than the ones that are build today. My quest is to design a open sounding vintage voiced ’59, what some people call a “tele on steroid”. No muddy neck pickup, but open, bright and with articulation, great dynamics and string separation. What I call, thinner but broader. To find out if people recognized this in my ’59s, I organized a double blind test with eight very different players (from jazz to metal to vintage rock) who tested, scored and judged the guitars, purely on their ears and playability. Here a short impression of the results.
My idea for the ’59 Inspired series is to design a whole range of vintage inspired guitars. So I started with this thinline flat-top guitar. The top has a nice flame. Decided to make just one soundhole, with the same shape as I did earlier for an archtop guitar. No soundhole on the other side to make place for the control knobs and the Bigbsy. Watch the progression on Facebook.
Oldenburg was the first show for us to present the three new ’59 bursts together with the lefty. They got a lot of positive responses as many took the opportunity to test them. Gregor Hilden was there to buy some vintage guitars. But then he tried the ’59s and was impressed by the vintage ’59 sound. He bought one and said he may even keep it for himself. He also tried some Tribute Ts. The blond one with the Rutters / Panucci bridge went to Hilden. The butterscotch got his approval. And I am glad this one is still for sale here with us. Listen to the videos to hear him test the sounds.
Working hard on a new batch of three ’59 Inspired Bursts. Take a look at my Facebook photo album to watch the progression. To get a bit of an impression on the tone and the sound, watch these nice videos of Vedran Mircetic, proud owner of a ’59 Inspired, and Leif de Leeuw taking a test ride.