After building Bahamut in 2008 it created a lot of interest in my guitars in Asia and one of the results of that was a commission to build Draco.

My customer had seen Leehom’s dragon and wanted a dragon of his own. It was going to be a bass so we had a bigger platform to work with. The brief was quite simple, the bass had to be a flying dragon in outstretched flight. It was going to be quite a lot different than anything I had built before but the challenge was the reward.

I built Draco in the summer of 2009, exactly one year after building Bahamut and it felt nice to be back being able to stretch my creative muscles. I wanted this dragon to be as detailed on the back as on the front and we had more time than with Leehom so I could add even more detail. It was again a special time working so intimately with a project.

I had completed the body and I realised we had to do something special with the head stock so I built another dragon that sat on the headstock looking down towards its bigger brother. Then to stretch the detail even more I commissioned a local jeweller to build miniature dragons to become the tuning buttons.

Having Bahamut, and previously the Alien, there was only one colour it could be, Chrome. And so, yet another chrome dragon was brought to life, complete with blue LED’s in the eyes.

When it was completed the customer invited me to bring the bass in person. So off we flew to Bangkok. It was a great pleasure to be able to deliver this very special guitar in person and as a special bonus he treated me to a two week vacation in Thailand.

Thank you Ekkasit for entrusting me with this build and I will never forget my time in Thailand!

  • CLIENT Ekkasit (Thailand)



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