During this time period at Ibanez guitars there were a lot of fun custom projects coming way from Ozzfest to Sony Halo 3 but this was my favorite by far. (and still is)
One of my earliest memories was at 5 years old when the Phanatic ran across the top of my Dad car pressing his face against the back window where I was sitting and completely terrifying me. My brother still has to bring this up.
I was raised a Phillies fan. Dreamed of playing baseball for them but this is as close as my skills got me to the field! I'm happy that 15 years later the guitar is still in use at random games.
The one criteria for this project was to make the guitar as light as possible so I created the body out of foam that was then fiberglassed and painted.
Another fun project along with the prop guitar was creating a custom guitar for the great Skip Denenberg with the Phillies theme as well for the release of his album Songs from Inside The Park.
Propelled by the mojo created through the Phanatic guitar the Phillies went on to win the World Series in 2008 and I got a call to make a giant sized prop ring for the Phanatic to show off.