Tom Holmes (THC) Cadillac Flash II, 1981
About the Maker:
Tom Holmes built custom hand-made guitars for Bo Diddley, Lenny Breau, Billy Gibbons, Albert King and many others. Even if he started first building guitars, he is today a legend for PAF-style hum-bucking pickups, which he builds in his shop in Joelton, TN. It is agreed that Tom's TH450 PAF repro's are the most authentic anywhere and that they are absolutely the closest thing available to those old 59 Les Paul pickups.
About the guitar:
FLASH are actually the names given to the guitars by Billy Gibbons and to Tom by Billy.
The shape of the body was a "Cadillac Fin" so that was the Cadillac part of the name. Then the "Flash" part was off the cuff. So, tongue in cheek, Billy did autograph the guitars to the guitars themselves and to Tom thereby giving them a persona.
The Flash II was hand-made in 1981 by Tom Holmes as designed by Billy Gibbons of ZZ TOP. Billy signed the guitar and drew the art before the guitar was sprayed with its final finish coat therefore it is protected. It reads "To Flash from Rev. Willie G.". Furthermore the head has a mother of pearl inlaid-"FLASH CADILLAC II".
- Body: Double cut mahogany
- Top: Flame maple
- Finish: Red transparent nitro lacquer
- Neck: Set mahogany 3 pieces
- Pickups: EMG humbuckers
- Frets: Medium
- Fretboard: Ebony
- Tuners: Grover