McSwain Guitars Cobra/Viper guitar - One of a Kind

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Johnson City, TN, United States
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Here it is! My one of a kind, McSwain Guitars custom built "cobra" guitar!

I contacted Stephen back in 1999 (twenty years ago) and we talked about building this guitar. I'm not a big fan of snakes or anything, I just thought the design would be cool, with a 3D snake head as the headstock. Stephen put in a lot of hours hand carving (no CNC marks here) each scale on this guitar and working to get the color just right. He even visited the San Diego zoo to make sure he was nailing the details.

I've always been a big fan of Les Pauls, so that's the shape that we went with, even though his style is normally a double cutaway. He had another customer that liked this design and he built a double cutaway with abalone shell for the scales, but this is the original.

It has EMG pickups, mahogany body and neck, with maple top and maple fretboard, which looks like the snakes belly. The headstock has real taxidermy eyes to give it an authentic look. It has recessed strap locks and string through body tailpiece.

I am from the school of thought that guitars should be played, so I play all of them and this thing is in great shape for being twenty years old. I have played it some over the years, but not nearly enough. There are a few small scratches here and there, which I did my best to photograph. 

At the time, Stephen was rooming with Jonny, the owner of the Coffin Case company, so they were cool enough to throw one in to protect the Viper. 

Any questions, please ask!

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Listed2 years ago
ConditionExcellent (Used)
Excellent items are almost entirely free from blemishes and other visual defects and have been played or used with the utmost care.learn more
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