Flaming Guitars! Minarik Fuels The Excitement Of A New
By Scott G (The G-Man), Sat Dec 10th
Celebrating an endorsement between G-Man Music and the fieryaxe-makers known as Minarik Guitars, Scott G (The G-Man) reviewsthe Minarik Inferno X-treme.
From the Telecaster to the Flying V to the Iceman to theWarlock, some guitar designs are forever branded on ourconsciousness, and now there's a new one: the Minarik InfernoX-treme. The body shape erupts in furious fingers of flame. Ifever there was a guitar design destined to ignite theimagination of young players, especially boys and girls who wantto rawk, this is it.
Not that the Inferno X-treme lacks subtlety. With scientificallyplaced tone chambers, this instrument can sing sweetly if that'swhat you desire. Or, it can live up to its appearance and enableyou to carve sonic craters in the parking lot.
Although this guitar has a look that will inspire thousands ofpreteen statements along the lines of "Mom, that's the one Iwant," I suspect that tons of established players will find ituseful in the studio or on the road because of its delicatebalance, sleek feel, and stunning versatility. (And besides, thecunningly crafted guitar is also available in a more traditionalbody shape.)
"So, what's the story on Minarik Guitars?" I can hear you ask.As the designer of the B.C. Rich Goddess Warlock and severalother noteworthy models, Marc Minarik already has a legacy inthe business. Now heading up his own company, Minarik has thegoal of fusing
quality workmanship with visually exciting designconcepts.
Actually, his plan is much more complex than "make it attractiveand build it right." Marc Minarik is as eager to talk about theplayability of his guitars as about their construction andappearance. And if you inquire about the light weight and thechambered body, he is just as pleased to demonstrate thesuperior nature of his firm's products.
The flame-shaped body isn't just flashy; the size and curve ofthe flames have been carefully calculated to positively affectthe tone and balance of the instrument. The flame design iseye-candy, but it's the application of the physics of sound thatmakes the Minarik Inferno X-treme really hot.
With a wonderful combination of form and function, the Minarikguitar line may have some interesting side effects, likebringing vitality to retail sales, launching a new generation ofguitar players, and saving music from passive pop.
Not bad for a guy with a dream about a flaming guitar.