Published on Mar 19, 2012
Balawan and his Superman-Is-Dead (SID) friends from his Bali Gitar Club community performed at TV One Radio Show some while ago. He played in a hard-rock tempo a song called Merah-Putih, written by SID. A patriotic song that performed in Balinese language to encourage nationalist spirit of their spectators and burning them into gloryness. Balawan using his 6 strings Rick Hanes guitar Essel Series Custom which was dedicated specially to him. The guitar, a so-called Gold Fire or Essel Balawan, was built to honor his passion on guitar and to his unique talent. In this video, Balawan has demonstated his skills on rock music genre although his soul was always in jazz-ethnic mainstream. Again, he succeded established his position as one of the most honourable guitar player in the world. He was so-called The Magic Finger, using Speed Taping technique. Now, most of every person in the world of guitars knowing him as one of The Seven Wonders of Guitar Player in The World !
RICK HANES "ESSEL-BALAWAN" SERIES
- Body : Mahogany and Poplar
- Neck : Hard Maple with two sides Carbon Graphite Neck Reinforcement
- Truss Rod : Dual Action
- Nut : Graphtech Black TUSQ
- Fretboard : Rosewood or Maple
- Fretwire : Stewmac Wide Frets
- Pickups : Seymour Duncan SH-8 (Bridge), Seymour Duncan APS-1 (Mid),
and Seymour Duncan SSL-1 (Neck)
- Bridge : Wilkinson Gotoh VSV400P Trem
- Tuners : Grover 505BC6 Roto-grip Locking Rotomatics
- Potentiometers : Seymour Duncan 250K
- Knobs : 1 Volume + 2 Tone Gotoh VK3 Dome Knobs
- Switch : Schaller Megaswitch 5 Way
- Strings : Ernie Ball RPS 10 Slinky or D'Addario EKXL110
Construction Type : Bolt on
Headstock Angle: 14 degrees
Fretboard Radius : Compound Radius 10" to 14"
Number of Frets : 24
Scale Lengths : 25-1/2"
This Guitar also been setup by PLEK Machine ( a computer controlled device that scans and dresses guitars under actual playing conditions, strung and tuned to pitch. This is a major breakthrough since PLEK not only identifies precisely what needs to be done for perfect fretwork but also executes the adjustments itself to deliver perfect results on each instrument)
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