It's been a long time coming, but the guitars are finally here and ready for you to find the one that screams "TAKE ME"!!

What started out an attempt to recreate the pickoff I had with the VAI2K's, soon turned into a monster with a life of it's own. This run was so limited that buying these guitars has been the biggest challenge I've faced yet. There have also been plenty of miscalculations along the way as you all know I've had to come back to increase the pick pricing as the buying progressed, but the result is you all have many more, and better ones to choose from. I have always believed that with swirls, being able to choose the one you like is well worth the extra expense. You either bought one blind, ordered early from a dealer you found that was getting one, and accepted whatever you got when it came in, or, you chose to have a choice. I think you've chosen wisely, and hope you feel the same.

If anybody wants to see pictures of anything specific I'm more than happy to oblige. I had intended to do index folders of each with 10 or so pictures, case, case open, full guitar, full body front, head close, fretboard, over, back side, etc etc, but I asked my top picks and got the answer that pretty much sums up what I want to see also, "why, I just want to see good pics of the paint front and back". The fretboards are all very even color specimen quality rosewood that you can see in the front body shots, but if there is anything on any guitar that you would like to see, just ask and I'll make it happen.

I want you to feel comfortable that you have enough time to make the choice you want, but try to be considerate of the ones that follow. Everybody is anxious to see what is available, and the link to this page is sent to you when you're still a pick away so you have extra time to really look them over. If you pick 2, first choice, second choice, you are guaranteed to have one of them [the pick ahead might have the same taste you do and also like your first pick]. There are huge pictures that may crash your graphics card if you try to open too many at a time. All links will open in a new window so you don't have to keep reloading this page. In choosing, my advice would be go with your gut. You and only you knows what you like, and you'll know it when you see it. Pattern, no pattern, color, the way the colors play against each other, many of you will be attracted to different things. Be assured of one thing, these pictures NEVER do justice to the color or the whole at all. When you open the case for the first time, you'll know exactly what I mean.

There is an odd lightness to the belly contours on the back. This is a reflection of the top of the case off the contour. I shot the DNA's like this but they had dark color interiors and didn't give this light reflection. I didn't notice until it was mostly done, so we'll have to live with it ;)

TECH - All guitars will need a thick neck shim if you want decent pull-up range on the bridge, or low action. The action is a little over 2mm and the trems have very little pullup range. A 1/2 to 1 step at most, and if you roll the action down any lower it will interfere with dive range also. The radius of the trem and nut are far different from the fret radius and need to be matched to be playable, some are further out than others, but I estimate the fret radius around 300mm, the hardware at 430mm. Because Sugi likes much tighter routs a good percentage will also have the trem offset too far to the bass side and need it centered to eliminate interference with the side of the rout. I have had 2 so far that have worn through the cosmo plating on the trem at the contact spot and have centered 7 of them overall [several guitars were requested untouched or I probably would have had to do them all]. The nut mount bolt compression washers are on the wood side of the hole and need to be swapped around and put between the bolt and flat washer. I have loosened all contact point of the pickguard to the swirl and freed any contact to stop the clear from acid etching the guards [this is a small issue with all swirls]. All of this plus a complete setup including strobe intonation is done with any guitar purchased below.

You will find black touch ups in the black fields on most of the guitars if you look hard enough. Even the show guitar had them and I never saw them until the 30th time I actually looked at it. I have pointed out the ones present on the guitars for sale below, but if I didn't you would probably never know they were there as they blend right into the swirl itself.

One guitar came in with adhesive trails on the back covers from the plastic being removed. The dry adhesive residue on the covers is usually a sign of old material, and upon close examination there are light trails of adhesive on most of the covers, but for the most part look clean. You can see this worst case example here and here.

The guitars are in no particular order but purely a consequence of where the page was open in my editor when I was adding a picture.

DISCLAIMER - Sugi covers are extremely close tolerance, in fact so close, some may not want to come off at all. I experienced this problem with the JSBDG's, but with these MC's, the problem may be amplified. The bond between the clear and the swirl itself has never been good on MC's because the swirl can't be roughed up to give the clear some tooth. If I am to set up your guitar, I CANNOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE if the edge of the trem cavity against the cover chips when removing the cover. Another client had a flake of paint come off when he tried to carefully remove his cover [guitar purchased elsewhere]. UPDATE - After removing covers on lots of guitars only guitars kept in high humidity will remove easily. Otherwise the bodies will have shrunk enough to virtually lock the covers in place. Some so tight there is no way to remove without serious damage to the swirl. I remove the screws from both covers, the bottom curved end of the control cover is easy to get a fingernail under, and with that cover off you have access to the side of the trem cover. Work it up gently and it's comes off, sometimes, but if it's locked on, expect alot of trouble. Once you get them out they have to be sanded down for perfect fit without the need to fiddle with the control cover. It should also be noted you want to be very careful working around the trem or control cavity as the routs were re-routed again after they were clear coated exposing the bare edge of clear on both the back side of the body and inside of the rout. I brushed the inside edge with a finger pulling a spring off and the clear breaks loose from the swirl very easily and leaves a large fog spot. You do not want that to happen on the back of the body!!


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This guitar is stunning, but has a few faults. There is a 1/4" neck joint crack on the bass side that has an odd look to it, not just a straight line crack, shown here and here. Under a loupe I can see the slight distortion that looks strange is slight separation between the clear and the crack on the face side of the crack. In reality it's only about .2mm wide. It also has a touch up to the end of the neck pocket treble side, I can barely see where there was a small chip that was touched up and cleared, but the telltale lack of prefect polish gives it away. Close ups here, here, and here. This is the worst case example of adhesive trails left on the covers, shown here and here.

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I thought this is the first UV77 built. I have over 30 serial number now and I have none with an I prefix [September], the earliest are J [October] 09', 5 designates UV77, 01 is the number built that month. I wrote to Sugi for confirmation and was quickly, shot down. The first UV built was I09501, so there were guitars built in September, I just haven't seen any of them yet. This one has the distinction of being the only one I have that has touch ups on the front in the black. It's clear that the black on the face was gone over in an attempt to cover up most of the "stars", again conjecture, but I did call Darren and he said he did use some of the paint on a Q-Tip or another applicator  to touch up areas he though needed. You can tell by the amount of stars on the back that this was the intent. You can see close ups here, here, and here.

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DOUBYA - or - DOUBLEZ - This guitar It has lost both it's original shipping boxes [thrown away], if you're adamant about the finer details of the package, and has replacement poster and book coming from the distributor [which was inside the box]

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Thos one has a 1/4" neck joint crack on the bass side shown here. The case has a light scratch across the Tribute Series plaque about 1/2" long shown here.

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This would be the 9th UV built, September, 09', guitar number 9. Darren did some touch ups on this one also, a few inches below the jack. You can see close ups here. It also have 2 fog spots on the edge of the trem cavity, the first about 1/2 the size of a cover screw shown here, and here, and the other very small a couple inches away, shown here, and here. This one had extremely tight covers and these were probably cause by removing the trem cover. The trem and control cover have been trimmed down to "drop in" fit now.

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This one has a "smear" that looks like a fingerprint slid across the back about 1". If it is, it's Darren's, if it's not, it's just one of the many things you can't explain that you find in swirls. You can see close ups here, here, and here.     It also has a 1/4" neck joint crack shown here.

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This would be the 5th UV built, September, 09', guitar number 5. Darren did some touch ups of some larger holes in the black on the side in 2 places, a few inches below the jack, and just off the arm contour. You can see close ups here, and here.

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This would be the 6th UV77 made. These dark palates are very moody, angry and extremely desirable. Darren did some touch ups on the butt pin side on either side of the strap pin, but nowhere else on the body. You can see close ups here, and here. There is adhesive trails on the back covers like on all, but a little worse than most shown here. There is also 2 short lines of marker on the V point between the control and trem cover. The clear may have lifted there and been resealed. Please remember that the clear edge is exposed on the exposed edges around all the rear routes and fairly easy to pull up. Extreme care must be taken when working on these with the cover off, and why I believe that is what probably happened. Close ups here, and here. This guitar does not have it's shipping boxes or poster.

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This guitar has a large 3/4" neck joint crack on the bass side shown here. It's unfortunate but this is beyond anyone's control. It is an extremely cool swirl and with the expectation that most of these will end up with a bass side neck joint crack at some point in their lives, at least you already know it's there and out of the way ;o}

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