For those unfamiliar with Nacho Banos, he’s considered one of the foremost experts on/students of Blackguard Teles in the world and his The Blackguard Book is considered the bible on the subject.
Beyond all that, Nacho Banos is arguably the best Blackguard builder in the worl. So… here’s one of his ‘sculptures’: 0090 aka Abigail. The aging detail is simply MIND-BLOWINGLY gorgeous. She has vintage Broadcaster style pickups and a perfectly fitting, heavily aged “V” profile neck, just to push this baby that much further over the top. She sounds alive, resonant and deep unamped. Going through a tube amp…she can do it all from James Burton, Waylon Jennings, Kieth Richards, Bruce Springsteen, Merle Haggard, Brad Paisley and many many more.
Nacho Banos was born in Valencia and has lived in the USA for a long time. Here his love for love for old Fender guitars from the 50’s unveiled. This love led to the by far largest collection of original old Fender guitars! Nacho does not just collect old guitar but only those that wrote music history. Through this love he met almost all of our heroes personally and gets a lot of feedback about quality, tone and feel on the guitars that he currently build. He close friendship with Billy Gibbons even led to Nacho writing the book ‘The Blackguard’. This book is now considered the bible for tele-players. Nacho has used the money he earned with the sold out book to build schools and homes in India!
This background and his crafting skills ensure his guitars rank at the highest possible level. Every single detail is meticoulesly copied from his originals. Pickups are designed specifically for one instrument, weight is predetermined on the gram before. Nacho makes the bridges himself and has the pots made to to the original Fender specs. Most importantly, all guitars are 10x nitro-lacquered just as Leo did in the 50’s. It is still his closely guarded secret (similar to Dumble) as to what makes his guitars so scaringly close to the original. X-rays, UV light, heat and cold, etc. – the effort is insane. This is what makes a Nachocaster a truly unique guitar.
Final question: why is there not a decal on the headstock? Nacho says: ‘These are EXACT copies of my old ones’, so there is no Nacho nor Fender logo on them. Put a Fender logo on these guitars and many specialists will not be able to separate a Nachocaster from an original Blackguard!