Thanks for checking out our Kickstarter campaign! We're Benjamin Torres and Ian Murphy, co-founders of Evil Evil, a boutique luthiery outfit located in Baltimore, MD.
Our goal at Evil Evil is to combine our love of art and design with a passion for fine woodworking and luthiery. An icon of the history of modern music, the electric guitar is the tool musicians use to captivate, communicate, or express. An object that is cherished as often as it is smashed on stage.
We want to merge our favorite elements of instrument design to create instruments that speak to the central role the guitar plays in the history of modern popular music. By transposing formal influences from time-honored traditional and mid-century novelty instruments to more contemporary designs, we are able to create something uniquely elegant, yet familiar.
Evil Evil began when we collaborated to conceptualize and brand a line of electric guitars as our thesis project; over the course of a few years, we taught each other how to build electric instruments and, as our obsession with guitar building transitioned from thesis project to lifestyle choice, Evil Evil was born. Despite the initial, often-overwhelming difficulties in assembling a unique line of guitars, the experience of building these instruments, playing them and seeing them be played inspired us to take Evil Evil far beyond the limits of a student project. We have the opportunity to grow perpetually with the instruments, continuing to hone our craft.
We also can’t do this without the support of the community of musicians and artists that we serve. The conversations we have with local musicians deepens our understanding of their needs and allows us to dial in a sound that is undeniably Evil Evil. Working closely with them is integral to our process of designing each of our instruments. We feel that the intimate work we do allows the player to do theirs.
We are offering early editions of Mother Panther, Kokomo, and Danny. Each of these instruments are crafted to showcase a variety of features that are not standard to our instruments. The goal was to explore the tonal ranges that each instrument is capable of while having fun with the overall aesthetic. Pledge for one on our Kickstarter and you will receive a highly specialized guitar at a wildly low price.
We are really proud of our newest model, Danny. Exclusive to our Kickstarter, we are offering a few limited-edition custom Danny’s with some bold options to choose from. Each Danny will come with a few preset options: poplar body, wenge fretboard, left-aligned dot markers, chrome or cream hardware, and stainless steel frets. Upon the campaign's success, we will send you a custom order form with all of the options and info to help you choose the best Danny.
This is a wonderful t-shirt with our logo on it and it is very soft and fits great.
Building guitars from the ground up is an expensive, challenging endeavor. With all of the specialized tools and equipment needed to sustainably build instruments, we are spread thin working in a bare-bones shop. In order to outfit our shop with the essential tools and updates we need to maintain the high standard of instruments we create, and to help offset overhead costs and allow us to finalize prototypes for our new models we are asking for a modest $10,000. Much of this funding will also go towards photography and recording gear so that we can reach more artists and musicians with regular updates, information, and instrument demonstrations.
We want to build a larger community of artists and musicians around Evil Evil by getting our instruments out of the shop and into their hands.We would love to devote more funds to marketing and outreach and if we manage to raise $15,000 we can attend trade shows, sponsor local events, and further support the local music scene.
Taking our finish game to the next level is a huge priority for us. If we can make it to $20,000 together, we can furnish our shop with a proper painting booth. The finishing process is very important to us at Evil Evil: we do all our finishing in-house rather than outsourcing, which gives us the opportunity to offer unique finishes and the flexibility to always stay experimental.
While initially all of our builds were made by hand, we have since incorporated digital fabrication into our process. After the necks and bodies come off the CNC, we hand carve and fit them, taking into account the unique qualities of the material. Combining the accuracy of CNC milling and the delicacy of hand shaping each instrument, we are able to achieve the ideal action and playability with a consideration of form to complement each individual’s playing style.
With $30,000, we could afford a CNC machine of our own, which would allow us even greater experimental range as well as surgical precision. Up until now, we have been fortunate enough to have access to the CNC machines at our local makerspace, Openworks. While they have been crucial to our fabrication process, a machine of our own allows us to spend more time perfecting our production process while engineering our own parts and components and pull off more advanced techniques that are currently unavailable to us.
We would like to express our gratitude to all who helped us with this project. It is our pleasure to have worked with:
Corynne Ostermann of Natural Velvet
Spike Arreaga of Natural Velvet
Greg Wellham of Super City
Risks and challenges
Our major objective for our second year is to work full-time at Evil Evil. Currently, it's just the two of us here and we expect to face many challenges as our business grows and we have every intention to complete all builds to the highest degree of quality. If our campaign proves highly successful however, we may need to ask for your understanding and patience as we work out any potential kinks. Additionally, we plan to raise funds to help smooth over any unforeseeable expenses.
We want to be successful with this project; we want to realize the dream of making a living doing what we love. Whether or not this campaign is fulfilled, Evil Evil will keep working hard towards this idea of success. With this fundraiser we are hoping to get the wheels turning a bit faster so that you can see more of our instruments out in the world and we can afford to keep working on them. With your help we can make them faster while always improving our designs along the way.
Custom builds will be addressed as batches on a first come, first serve basis. We will keep in touch with regular updates as builds progress. You can still get your t-shirts, stock instruments, or custom builds directly from us.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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