D&C Steel Body Guitars
Real & actual metal guitars
Belgian guitar company D&C Steel Body Guitars exclusively manufactures guitars with steel bodies. Guitar builder Dennis Louis talks about his models.
‘In 2008 I started building my own guitar, because I couldn’t afford to buy an expensive guitar. And since I’m better with metal than wood, the choice to go for steel bodies was easily made. My first guitar, with a 3 millimeter steel plate, weighed about 6,6 kilo. That was way too heavy. My current models weigh between 3,2 - 3,7 kilo, with Bigsby around 4,1 kilo. The difference is the use of thinner steel plates.’
What about the neck? Those are made of wood.
I buy the necks. However, I’m laying some plans to draft up tool to manufacture the neck myself. Furthermore I’m working on something unique: a steel neck of 1 millimeter with wenge.’
How do your steel guitars sound?
‘A lot of my guitars are Tele bodies. Personally, they have the warm sound of a regular Tele, but it sound a bit clearer. According to a lot of people who played it, it sounds like a dobro with twang.’
Doesn’t the metal of the body conflict with the magnetic field of the elements?
‘No, not at all. Merely a ring on the strings. No shocks or power surges.
Do you get a lot of queries for your D&C guitars?
‘A lot of people are interested, but we are of course a fairly unknown brand. I’ve got offers for re-sale in Canada and recently I’ve manufactured a custom Flying V for Headbangers Balsl in the UK. That guitar will be put out as a lottery and the funds will be donated to the UK Cancer Foundation. It’s a one of a kind design. The flame design is now under contract with Headbangers Ball and I will never manufacture this guitar again.
Why a D&C Guitar?
D&C is a one man operation located in Belgium.
Each D&C is hand crafted entirely with manual machinery, old world style, one-at-at-time by owner/builder Dennis Louis.
D&C provides quality custom instruments for the discerning musician and collector alike.
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Why own a D&C Guitar? Owning a truly 100% handmade instrument, that is as unique as you are, is all the reason you need.
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