We are delighted to share with you Naomi from Jealous of the Birds custom guitar, designed and created here at Ruach. In reference to the video below, this is the moment all of us at Ruach wait for, seeing the hard work and careful craftsmanship being enjoyed by YOU.
The Ruach Jealous of the Birds Electric Guitar Custom
Seymour Duncan Pickups
This Guitar was designed from the ground up by the Ruach team and Naomi. And so, these pickups were chosen specifically for this guitar by Naomi.
We believe this new body we’ve designed is something quite special – something fresh, but not too diverse. This was developed over months in our workshop in Northern Ireland. Small, light and ready for some serious use.
We hand select each piece of wood for our necks to ensure they meet our strict requirements. The wood is stabilised using our in-house conditioning room, and we then cradle the necks over a 30 day manufacturing period; resulting in exceptionally strong and stable necks. We partnered up this guitar with a 25.5” scale, 22 medium sized frets and a maple neck and fretboard.
Hardware + Electronics
This Guitar appropriately comes fitted with a Schaller Bridge, Schaller Machine Heads and a TUSQ Nut. CTS Pots are housed inside a Copper Faraday Cage to ensure no unwanted frequencies creep into your signal. All of this combined with the attention to detail throughout each and every production process leaves us with an instrument with immense sustain and tone.
Q&A with the Customer
1) Can you tell everyone a little bit about yourselves, who you are, your job, how you met one another in the music industry?
My name’s Naomi Hamilton and I’ve been writing and releasing music under the moniker Jealous of the Birds since early 2015. Declan’s been my manager and has produced several of my records pretty much from the beginning. I met him at his studio in Newry shortly after he’d heard ‘Goji Berry Sunset’ and the rest is history.
2) Please tell us your thoughts on the guitar, the feel, the quality – your experience with it the past few months! How does it compare to other guitars you have played?
This is the first guitar I’ve had custom-made and the whole process was a joy. I wanted a guitar that looked contemporary and unique, but also sounded lush and suited both my style of playing and the practical requirements I need from a guitar on tour. It feels velvety smooth to play, has a very dynamic range of tones and Ruach beautifully implemented the minimal design I had in mind.
3) Was there a certain desire you had for the guitar? What made you choose the design you did?
I wanted the guitar body to be fairly condensed and lightweight; modern but still have a classic bubbly shape. On several of my previous guitars, the pickup selectors and controls had been situated in awkward places on the body, so I wanted to create a minimal, no-fuss design in which everything was easily accessible and looked very clean. The green colour felt super bold to me and I like how it contrasts with the roasted maple neck with bird inlays. Overall, the design feels very unpretentious yet is super functional.
In terms of its sound, because I mostly play rhythm guitar live on tour, it was important for me to select a Fender ‘72 Reissue humbucker neck pickup that could give me a full, chunky rhythm tone, as well as a Fender Pure Vintage ‘64 single coil bridge pickup to provide some variation. It packs a lot of punch and I’m still surprised by the tones I can get every time I play it.
4) How does the guitar make you feel?
It’s revived the same joy in playing guitar that I felt when I first started learning.
5) Would you recommend Ruachs Guitars for other artists?
For sure. Ruach was wonderful to work with and provided detailed CAD designs throughout the whole process as well as regular updates on the build. I would definitely recommend working with him and the whole team. You won’t be disappointed.