The Silver Willow was Virgil's first carved top and incorporated the new "SW Series" shape. This, as all builds from Virgil, was an improvement to a previous design (Dueling Dragons) to give easier access to the upper frets by making a better cutaway with the lower horn. Virgil also incorporated a cocobolo body, zebrawood center layer and a padauk top. This guitar was never chambered, so the weight was considerable. This was a learning experience, but in the end, the guitar still had incredible beauty and tone.
Serial#: 0002 /Sold
Birth date: 3/5/2012
Style: Double-cutaway set neck
Fingerboard:22 frets, 25" scale, 12" radius
Tuners: 4/top 2/bottom Chrome Gotoh's
Nut: Black Tusq Nut
Pickups: Neck: DiMarzio PAF® 36th Anniversary DP103 Bridge: DiMarzio Air Norton™ DP160
Electronics: Custom inlaid Vol & Tone knobs 3-way Toggle 2 mini DP switches (For coil tap)
Bridge: Pigtail Wraparound
Body: Cocobolo bottom, Zebrawood middle, Bookmatched Padauk top
Neck: 5 Piece Skunk-stripe: Padauk center, Zebrawood on outside of Padauk, Cocobolo outside of Zebrawood.
Headstock: Padauk laminate
Pickup rings: 5-piece that matches neck
"As the owner of a number of one off, custom built, and boutique guitars I am thrilled (and fortunate) to be the owner of the Silver Willow. It is the most exquisite and finely crafted guitar I have ever seen, let alone owned. Not only is it truly a work of art, but it is a uniquely wonderful sounding guitar and a delight to play. I have no doubt that you will quickly become one of the most respected luthiers in the business. I can't wait to see what you have in store next. Thanks again not only for a stellar guitar but also for going the extra mile with the videos and documentation. I will treasure this for many years to come."
Michael C. Carmel, IN