GIRLBRAND GUITAR GALLERY PART 1. GUTARS BUILT BY CHRIS LARSEN.
Girlbrand Guitar Gallery
Chris Larsen aus Tucson, Arizona, baute anfangs des Jahrhunderts im Alleingang all diese total einzigartigen und
abgedrehten, wunderbaren Gitarren. Es gibt wohl weniger als 100 davon, wieviele genau, das weiss Chris selbst nicht mehr. Ich hörte neulich, es wären 96.
Alle haben sie Zargen aus Aluminium, sind innen hohl, bis auf eine kleinen Holzstütze unter dem Steg und nutzen je zwei
Pickups, die per Transformatoren je drei Klangoptionen bereit halten. Ein einzigartiges System, das von Dave Schecter entwickelt wurde.
Hier zeige ich Girlbrand Gitarren, die gemeinerweise NICHT mir gehören. Ich habe all diese Fotos vor Jahren von Chris`
alter Website kopiert und kenne zum grössten Teil nicht mal die Namen dieser Girls. Chris` alte Girlbrand Website (http://girlbrand.com/) war lange Zeit leider
ziemlich derangiert und ist nun sogar völlig tot. Viele Bilder, die dort zu sehen waren, sind inzwischen verloren gegangen. Darum mache ich hier ein bisschen Werbung für seine atemberaubenden
Werke. Der Typ ist doch einfach genial!
During the first decade of this century Chris Larsen from Tucson, Arizona, built all these crazy and unique, beautiful
There are less than 100 instruments of that kind. Even Chris himself doesn`t know how many he has built. I recently
heard that there must be 96 Girls out there...
Although each one is different than the next one, they all share the same construction: There is a rim made of aluminum
and the body is hollow except for a piece of wood under the bridge. The two self-wound pickups work in conjunction with transformers in order to produce three different sounds each. This system
was ionvented by Dave Schecter. More details about the construction can be found here.
This is a small Girlbrand guitar gallery. Unfortunately all these guitars don`t belong to me. Years ago I copied the
fotos from Chris` old website which meanwhile is totally gone, unfortunately! (http://girlbrand.com/ ) Regrettably many, many pictures of Girlbrand guitars were lost. With Chris` permission I`d like to share these
fotos with you in order to praise his fantastic work. Isn`t he a genius?
The owner of this amazing
was wondering "What DO all those tubes and dials do? How can we decipher the writing on the fret board and pickup
Chris Larsen`s reply in 2015: "The
"Interstellar Band Battle Artifact Girl"
is one of my very
favorites and in many ways the direct ancestor of the guitars I am doing now (see M9 model from 2014 below). I managed to find a close up of the toggle plate but it is very low rez so probably not much
good.Only new information I have is that the neck inlay is really only a very stylized rendering of the
numbers of the frets. three, five, seven, nine, twelve, etc.
"If you want to make a contract with the devil . . . Take a black cat bone and a guitar and go to a lonely fork in the roads at midnight. Sit down there
and play your best piece, thinking of and wishing for the devil all the while. By and by you will hear music, dim at first but growing louder and louder as the music approaches nearer . . . After
a time you feel something tugging at your instrument . . . Let the devil take it and keep thumping along with your fingers as if you still had a guitar in your hands. Then the devil will hand you
his instrument to play and will accompany you on yours. After doing this for a time he will seize your fingers and trim the nails until they bleed, finally taking his guitar back and returning
your own. Keep on playing; do not look around. His music will become fainter and fainter as he moves away . . . You will be able to play any piece you desire on the guitar and you can do anything
you want to in the world, but you have sold your eternal soul to the devil and are his in the world to come."
Taken from "Folk Beliefs of the Southern Negro", by Newbell Niles Puckett (1968 or originally from 1926) and this is exactly what Robert Johnson is said to have done at the
crossroads of the highways 61 and 49 in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Some say the guy was not Robert but a dude called Tommy Johnson and he didn`t meet the devil but "Legba" a devious African god.
"Spanish Rococo Girl 1"
reappears at ACME GUITARS in ST. Louis, MO, and on "Reverb.com" and was sold for 7696.60
(Wow! Is that true?)
This is the info, that ACME provided:
From the ultra Creative mind and hands of Chris Larson, this guitar is a very
unique piece. Made by hand in Tuscon, AZ, Girl Brand are renown for not only their one of a kind design, but their supreme playabillity and innovative electronics. In addition to the standard
three-way, there are two additional switches that activate transformers that add more winds to the pickup, giving you vintage, hot, and overwound tones. It is semi hollow with a Formica back,
aluminum sides, and acrylic top with beautiful ornamentation all topped off with an asymmetrical neck that feels beautiful in the hand. I've owned this for years and its time to move her along.
Chris never built the same guitar twice so this is as rare as it is beautiful. Talk about tone! there's not enough room. Number 31 of approximately 100 total Girls.
The following 3 photos were made by ACME GUITARS, thanks!
Thanks as well to Bernie, the owner of "Opium Girl" who sent them to
Unfortunately this beautiful Electron Girl was destroyed in a fire!
She was either Girl Brand # 33 or #37.
Owner Jerry tells me that the only thing recoverable was the
A friend of Jerry`s is restoring it.
The guitar top was trimmed to fit a tele body that the top is going to be
Hereis what Robert Zott told me about the
Adding to the mystery: In my correspondence with
Chris Larsen -- probably around 2000-2001 -- he mentioned that he had made three FutureGirls, but the first was unsuccessful. The second (the gold one), I believe he named "The Florentine." He
gave mine the name "The Nautilus." The silver one on your website could either be the first "unsuccessful" one, or a fourth -- although he mentioned that after mine there would be no more, since
etching the tops proved very difficult.
Enjoy Robert Zott`s instrumental videoclip "Timepiece" on youtube
reappears at ACME GUITARS in ST. Louis, MO, and on "Reverb.com" and is/ was for
sale for 7696.60 $
This is the info, that ACME provided:
From the ultra Creative mind and hands of Chris Larson. Made by hand in Tuscon, AZ,
Girl Brand are renown for not only their one of a kind design, but their supreme playabillity and innovative electronics. In addition to the standard three-way, there is an additional switch that
activates a transformer that add more winds to the pickup, giving you vintage, hot, and overwound tones. It is semi hollow with a Formica back, aluminum sides, and acrylic top with beautiful
ornamentation all topped off with an asymmetrical neck that feels beautiful in the hand. The transformer switch is off of a B-25 bomber and the pickup selector switch tip is made out of real
fossil amber shaped and polished by hand. I've owned this for years and its time to move her along. Talk about tone! there's not enough room. Since Chris never made the same guitar twice, its
rare as it is beautiful. Number 15 of 100 total Girls. Made before the 3 say tap for the pick-ups. this is one of Chris's best sounding guitars of this period.
The following 3 photos were made by ACME
Thanks as well to Bernie, the owner of "Opium
Girl" who sent them to me!
There is another unofficial Girlbrand-Website out there.