Creston Electric

PHOTOS BY JESSICA ANDERSON
2011-06-08
OLD WOOD, OFFSET

MARK HEDMAN'S WATER TANK CUSTOM

Mark Hedman's guitar: western red cedar body that began its vocational life as a stave in a locomotive water tank on the trans-American railroad, circa late-1860s. In 1902, made redundant by a change in locomotive efficiency, it was torn down and recoopered into a pickle vat stave at a Fort Collins, CO pickle operation. In 1992, it was torn down again and sat dormant, air drying in the Rocky Mountains, until 2011 when it found itself assembled into this guitar.

Mahogany / rosewood neck, bakelite pickguard, Lollar 1950's-wind soapbar, Lollar Firebird, Mastery bridge.

Total weight: 6lbs 2.1oz.

Watch for Mark and his fine band, Centro-Matic. Not every day you see two guitars made from the same pickle vat on the same stage.


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