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999 Guitar Debut!
Ducati race fan Tom Truskolaski went
along to the Virginia International Raceway round of the AMA
Superbike Championship last week and took a well-tuned 999 along
for Bostrom and Hodgson to sign – his Ducati 999 guitar.
Tom, who lives in Radford Virginia and rides a Ducati 916 and a
749 is a regular at the VIR circuit. "I brought it to VIR over
the weekend and almost didn't pull it out at all, but a few
friends of mine persuaded me to bring it in to the Ducati North
America hospitality tent for an autograph signing with Eric and
Neil. Turned out everyone really loved it!"
The guitar, appropriately called the "999", boasts Testastretta
decals and Ducati Performance logos clear coated in the Ducati
red paint. Tom asked artist Sean Philbin, who also paints bikes,
to take care of the paint and the difficult process of embossing
the Ducati logo. The concept of the guitar was first realised
back in March 2005 when Tom, who has played for some 24 years
now, decided to marry one of his greatest passions to another.
Starting with a box of high quality guitar parts that were just
sitting around waiting for him to assemble, he contacted Sean
about the idea and then shipped the bodywork along with some
ideas to Pennsylvania to get the project in paint.
Tom let us into the tech spec secrets of his special 999: "I
bought a Paul Reed Smith pick-up to replace the old EMG and
replaced the old volume and tone controls that would definitely
have caused an issue with noise in the system. The input jack
was replaced with a gold anodised one, which looks pretty cool,
and I used the old Hamer tuning gears and the very competent
Floyd Rose Tremolo System."
While we have absolutely no idea what Tom is talking about, we
are interested by his final claim: "If you think this is cool,
wait until you see what my Ducati dealer in Yorktown, Virginia
is doing to my 749!"
Read more about the "999 guitar" in the next issue of the US
Desmo club magazine
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