Weber Maverick
Weber Maverick 8-string electric. $2,500.
Well known for their superb acoustic instruments, Bruce Weber and company of Montana also built these high-quality e-mandos, applying their commitment to innovative engineering, clean lines and superior materials. Designed by Weber engineer Vern Brekke, the Maverick features an integrated ebony armrest/tailpiece and easily accessible controls cleverly concealed under the pickguard. Only a few Mavericks were built before the idea was shelved, and that was years before the entire Weber brand was sold. I've had a few 5-string Mavericks but this is my first 8-string one, suggesting that it's the less common one. But whether it has 8 strings or 5, the Maverick is a rare bird indeed. And this bird could be in your hand for $2,500.
     Three-point, unbound body of solid mahogany. Natural stain and satin nitrocellulose lacquer finish. Unbound ebony peghead with MOP inlay. Bound ebony fretboard with radius, 14" scale length, MOP diamond fret markers, .080 frets. 1-1/8 inches at the nut. Dual action/adjustable truss rod. Nickel hardware, incl. Grover tuners. Custom Brekke bridge, ebony pickguard. Dimarzio dual-blade humbucker, volume & tone controls, three-position switch (series, parallel and single coil). Very good condition. Comes in a Travelite lightweight hard foam F-style case, which is in good shape apart from the center latch mechanism—half of which has been removed and is sitting in the accessory pocket. The case can still be closed using the zipper. See more photos, call 425/772-0231, hear a demo clip, or for more information. $2,500 plus shipping.