Having spent a few months by that time with my own ES150, I was very familiar with the feel and sound of an excellent version of that instrument. I was really impressed by how closely Daniel had been able to mirror not just the specific elements of that model, but more importantly, the whole vibe of what those guitars represent. I had brought my 150 and we were able to A/B mine with a few of his and the similarity on every level was at times almost uncanny. His 250 type instruments were also impressive and really beautiful, but I had not had much experience with instruments of that size as I had with the 150 to be able to make a direct comparison.
One important facet of my life as a musician that I have worked towards over all these years is reconcile the aspects of the traditions that define the musical territory that I am interested in with the possibilities of the moment at hand.
Somehow this relates to Daniel as well. I see him as someone with a deep affection and respect for the roots that these guitars represent, but at the same time being willing, able and enthusiastic about taking what he has learned and applying those lessons in new ways.
I expressed my interest in having a few elements of the 150 joined with a few elements of the 250 and allowing for some of my oddities (I have had a mic of some kind inside all of my guitars since the mid 80’s) while also addressing the issue of string balance that has always been a concern with Charlie Christian pickups.