Bare Bones Tone

Escondido, California


Dave Weir

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Dave Weir


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  • David on Sep 8, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome aesthetic and craftsmanship. Setup was spot on. Try one of these!

  • Lapyang on Jul 13, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    I am the proud owner of PoorBoy #135. The communications were smooth. Dave really was helpful and patient with helping me pick the right guitar. The guitar was delivered on time as promised.
    The build quality is impeccable. Neck joint feels solid and secure. Smooth neck, smooth fret ends and polished frets. Nicely contoured body, no sharp edges. It just feels good to hold the guitar. The pick up sounds creamy. There are no knobs, no switches, or trim bar to distract you. So you can just focus on your music.
    This is one of the nicest guitars I have ever played. Do not hesitated to get yourself a WeirGuitar.

  • Eduardo on Jun 1, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    Exceptional! If you are into minimalistic bare bone bass with lots of tones, this bass is for you. This bass is gorgeous! The headstock and the neck are one solid piece of Ipe with a worn feel to the neck that is very comfortable with impeccably dressed frets. The body is Alder, with a very nicely done pain job. The bass feels super solid, but with lots of mojo. This instrument has an excellent Bare Bones Tone (to my ears) and a beautiful sustain. Mr. Wier was extremely patient and helpful throughout the whole process. He answered all my questions and then some. Outstanding experience! I will buy another bass in the future.

  • Charles on May 10, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    I purchased the Poorboy #111. I love it. It's clean and simple yet really well done. It feels great and plays lots of styles nicely. I really am surprised at how much I like the Goncalo Alves neck having never played one before. I'm already thinking about getting the Instigator! Thanks Dave!

  • Art on May 5, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    The guitar is great. It looks terrific, plays easily and sounds great. I'm very pleased. It was delivered on time as promised. It is very high quality with beautiful wood grains and top notch hardware. Dave, the luthier, was extremely helpful during the ordering process, offering sound advice and being very responsive in all aspects. I couldn't be happier and plan to order a six string model from Mr. Weir within the next week.

  • kennethshumsky on Jun 26, 2019

    5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect delivery. Impeccable build and playability. Highly recommended.

  • John on Nov 28, 2018

    5 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful looking & incredible sounding guitar that was custom made to order for me. Quality, workmanship, design, resonance & TONE are unbelievable for the low price. Truly unique, a work of art & one of a kind!!! Dave Weir the shop owner, vendor/seller & BUILDER of this guitar was great to deal with, very helpful & informative, kept me updated every step of the way. Highly recommended! Thank you Dave!!!

  • Daniel on Nov 10, 2018

    5 out of 5 stars

    I just received Weir Poorboy #113 last night and have had a very difficult time putting it down. Immediately comfortable..and so light! The Merbau neck feels preternaturally smooth and you can feel it vibrate throughout it's length at the slightest provocation. It's kind of crazy,really. It's an engineering spartan and precise. It just feels good to hold, and the woods are gorgeous. I was looking for a guitar that I didn't have to constantly adjust for subtle intonation compromises and even under the most rigorous scrutiny, Boy, does it deliver! The pickup is beyond what I'd hoped. Very detailed. Full of character, really versatile.

    I love this guitar. Thank you Dave, you're a genius!

  • cfwelch1 on Sep 14, 2018

    5 out of 5 stars

    2nd guitar from Dave. Likely to be more.

  • Kevin on Jul 19, 2018

    5 out of 5 stars

    I've had this guitar for several weeks now, and I am still impressed every time I play it. The meticulousness of construction is as good as any other guitar I've ever played, and it's far better than any other guitar I own. My Poorboy has stainless steel frets and an aluminum bridge, and I don't hear any issues with brightness or brashness of tone. The guitar is beautifully articulate both unplugged and amplified. Dave's communication was excellent every step of the way, and the guitar was packed very well and made it safely to me all the way from California to Florida. The guitar is fantastically beautiful, also. All of my other guitars are hanging on the wall in my office -- this one is, at my wife's request, hanging on the wall in our living room. :)

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Bare Bones Tone: Quit fiddling and play your guitar

Weir Guitars is a little shop operating out of Escondido, California. I specialize in handmade electric guitars featuring Rock Solid Design and Bare Bones Tone. I use the best materials I can find but also keep it simple and keep the price down.
I am currently offering just one model, the Poorboy. It is stripped done to the essentials, which allows me as a builder and you as a player to focus on what really matters, the sound and the play-ability.
The pickup is wired directly to the end pin output jack. There is no volume or tone control.
There are a couple different pickups I am using primarily. The Bill Lawrence L-45S Twin Blade and my own PF2. The L-45S is very quiet and clear and responds very well to different picking techniques. They are made locally by Bill's familly. The PF2 pickups are my own design, similar to a mini humbucker except the backplate and cover is replaced with very thin copper foil, which shields the windings and brightens it up a bit. The pickups are pressed into the body with a fair amount of force, and are extremely solid. I want the pickup to move as little as possible, with no motion relative to the strings. I will consider other pickup options if they are compatible with my mounting system.
I use a Dead Stop Tail Piece which is a big chunk of aluminum screwed down directly to the body. The bridge is a specially milled piece of Aluminum or Corian which sits on a hardwood bridge ramp. This system is very stable with very low internal vibration. We want to keep as much energy as we can in the strings. The Z bridge sitting on the solid hardwood ramp is much better at keeping the energy in the strings than all those little screws and things you find in a typical electric guitar bridge.
The bridge is cut in the Z or lightning bolt shape to properly intonate the strings. It is reversible for sets with wound or unwound G strings. It works very well for most normal sets.
The Bare Trap neck pocket is a trapezoid, cut slightly smaller than the neck itself. Once in place, the body and neck are pushing against each other on four sides. This is compared to a typical bolt on neck, which has pressure on two sides, and a glued on neck, which I don’t think has any mating pressure anywhere. The result of this “Bare Trap” neck joint is superior resistance to string dampening. I believe it provides better sustain than any other system, including “neck through”.
The neck itself, including the fret board, is made of one solid piece of hardwood. Some of the woods I like are Maple, Ipe, Merbau, Goncalo Alves, Cumaru, Kayu Kuku and Lyptus. Each has its virtues. When choosing a neck, I recommend considering the look and feel. They all play and sound excellent.
I use a zero fret and an inverted steel string guide. The zero fret provides for excellent low action, and consistent intonation. I’m using Grover Sta-Tite open back tuners because they work well, they match the bare bones style of the guitar, and are reasonably priced.
The truss rod is installed into a hole drilled from the heel up the center of the neck to the zero fret. It can be adjusted via a small pit near the heel of the neck. Turning a set screw forces the rod to bend. Truss Rods are optional on Ipe & Cumaru necks, which are about twice s stiff as Maple.
Bodies are one piece also, as long as I can find wide boards. Based on availability, I offer Mahogany, Alder, Poplar, Ash, Walnut, Parota, Meranti, Sapele and Pine. All sound great. When picking a body, consider looks and weight. Parota & Pine body guitars come in around 6.5 pounds. Walnut and Sapele are usually a bit under 9 pounds. The heavier bodies tend to have a little more sustain, the lighter bodies more resonance. All sound wonderful.
I am not a master luthier, just a a guitar maker. I love building them and think I make a great product that would become one of your most cherished possessions. I really don’t consider these guitars “custom”. I am much more comfortable building to my own vision than trying to build someone else’s ”dream guitar”. But if there are particular options you’d like me to incorporate, I’d be more than happy to work with you.
For more information, check out the web site, and there are also more pictures and details of the various options on facebook/weirguitars. and sound clips on Soundcloud/Cliff Slip.

Dave Weir

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  • Dave Weir

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    I'm an old guy who has been playing and modifying and building guitars for a long time. Over the years I've learned a lot about what makes a guitar sound great. I put everything I've learned into the design and production of the Poorboy Guitar.

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