A Guitar Is Born – Custom Lefty Mensinger Guitar Part4

As many of you are probably aware, the guys over at Mensinger Guitars in Poland are currently building me my very own left handed Arcadia model.  The luthiers have very kindly agreed to take some photos of the guitar as it is being built, and I thought it would make an interesting series of articles to show the process as the guitar progresses from the initial stages all the way through to completion.

If you somehow managed to miss part onepart two and part three of this series I suggest you head back and get yourself up to speed – there’s plenty of great photos to catch up with! Alternatively, check out the full set of build photos available on our Flickr page.

Update Number 4

I’m very excited to say that the guitar is now complete and should be with me in a couple of weeks or so!  So in what will be the final build update of this series, we have a further 12 high quality images showing the penultimate stages of this custom guitar build project.  Throughout this series of photos we can see the guitar being clear-coated and buffed, having the electronics installed and finally being inspected.  Take a look below…

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I’d like to thank Mensinger and Public Peace for the fantastic photos they have found the time to take over the progression of the build – they really went far beyond what I had expected.  I cannot wait to get my grubby hands on the Arcadia to see if it plays as good as it looks.

In total the process has taken 9 weeks from the date of payment through to the guitar being completed, which is fantastic.  The guitar will now be forwarded to Public Peace in Germany who will then send it on to me, so tack on another week or 2 for delivery.  If you’re considering ordering a Mensinger yourself, feel free to get in touch with any questions about the whole process.  So far I have nothing but praise for these guys.

Mensinger Arcadia Custom Left Handed Guitar

As always, higher resolution photos can be found on our Flickr page for those who are interested.

I guess update number 5 will be my review 😉

For more information:
Mensinger Guitars Website
Public Peace Website

 
12 replies
  1. JD Peyton
    JD Peyton says:

    Wow, they did a superb job by the looks of things, and no doubt it will be a case of looking better in person! Look forward to your thoughts on this as i'm definitely considering one now! 🙂

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    • Neal
      Neal says:

      Ah nice one 🙂 Public Peace expect to have it in Germany by the end of next week, so it shouldn't be too long. I assume Mensinger send a big batch of guitars over to Germany once every month or so to save on shipping.

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    • Neal
      Neal says:

      Thanks Kevin, they did a great job – there's a few new photos on the Flickr page now. It's still adjusting to the climate here in Scotland but once that's done I'll be taking it in for a proper setup, I know this guitar is going to own B)

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  2. Mark M
    Mark M says:

    Not managed to get on here for a while and and just noticed that you've had the final guitar delivered!! Very nice. I'm loving the deep red gloss finish! Look forward to seeing your review (and hopefully some vid clips) to see what you think of it.

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    • Neal
      Neal says:

      Hey Mark. The guitar has been busy adjusting to the Scottish climate for the last 2 or 3 weeks. So one day I'd play it and then the next it would be out of tune and frets which were fine would have some buzz. It seems to have finally acclimatised itself now and is playing like an absolute champ. I'm going to give it another couple of weeks and then take it to my tech for a setup and a bit of a wiring tweak, but then I should finally get my thoughts up.

      But I can say without a doubt that this is a superb guitar, I'm already pondering over my second. xD

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      • Mark M
        Mark M says:

        Great to hear you're really pleased with it! That fact that you are even considering another model suggests that it's one fine axe. As mentioned…it has a stunning finish! I look forward to hearing your further thoughts once it's fully bedded in and set-up to your liking. I'm currently awaiting the ML2 I ordered otherwise I would have a closer look at the Mesinger range myself.

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        • Neal
          Neal says:

          I need to congratulate you on having more patience than me. After it was pushed back yet again I cancelled my order for the ML2. I did consider re-ordering a couple of weeks ago but they sold out, such is life. I know i’m going to be super jealous when the MLF start posting photos!

          The Mensinger is great, a few small issues which I’ll talk about when I get round to reviewing it. I’ve been so busy trying to finish with Jaden’s Series2 lately that I haven’t had time for much. I was considering a 7-string Arcadia, or a green flame-top Tele for my next, but I now have a Tele on the way from Gaskell so these ideas will take a back seat (for now!).

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          • Mark M
            Mark M says:

            Aargh! That’s annoying. Maybe worth seeing if you could be put on a waiting list in case anyone backs out….which is always a possibility (if you still want one, that is). Having said that you seem to be having an influx of other great guitars at the moment.
            Also looks like the ML3 is quite likely to be a Tele so no doubt worth keeping an eye on plans as I’ve heard voting starts in a few days.

            PS. The Jaden you’ve been reviewing is a real beauty!

  3. OldCharon
    OldCharon says:

    So any final review on this bad boy? I am over in the states and am considering ordering a custom guitar from these guys. I was really thinking a custom les paul, but gibsons business practices are so bad that I think I will go a different route. I would love to hear what your final thoughts are on this guitar before ordering one.

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    • Neal
      Neal says:

      I’m very happy with the guitar. The reason I haven’t reviewed it yet is because I’ve been having medical problems with my hand and haven’t been able to play properly for nearly a year now. As soon as i’m fixed I will get back to reviewing guitars.

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