Luthier Trevor Woodland builds custom guitar based on dystopian science fiction Book JoinWith.Me

The "Vigilant Guitars" Telecaster-style guitar incorporates the design features of Mike Meier's book JoinWith.Me, namely the symbolic "Creature" on the Cover and the decorative electronic circuit.
By: JoinWith.Me by Mike Meier
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JoinWith.Me, Vigilant Guitars/Trevor Woodland
VICTORIA, British Columbia - Feb. 28, 2021 - PRLog -- Vigilant Guitars, operated by guitar builder Trevor Woodland in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, has built yet another a special custom guitar, this time based on a published book. The recently published sci-fi book JoinWith.Me is based on an award-winning screenplay of the same name. In brief, the storyline is: In the year 2032, Sam Vanderpool lives a lonely existence with a menial job in an urban dystopia that is impersonal and dominated by technology. Sam is jolted from his routine when an ad appears on his computer screen that takes him to a website called JoinWith.Me. The site offers counseling for the lonely, and Sam decides to log on…

It turns out the author Mike Meier is also an avid guitar player. So Trevor Woodland designed and built a guitar that reflects the book's design. The most distinctive feature is the "glow-in-the-dark" epoxy for the fret markers. Trevor explains how he created this totally unique design: "I made the fretmarkers with CNC (computer numerical controlled) machinery that cut the design into the fretboard, and then filled it with epoxy resin that contains 'glow-in-the-dark' pigments."

Trevor adds that "To charge the epoxy, natural light works but a small UV pen also charges it quite fast." The guitar includes the symbol of the story's antagonist, the "Creature" from the cover of the book, on the 12th fret. The Creature also appears on the custom-made neck plate on the back.

How did the guitar turn out? Notes Trevor, "There were quite a few variables to work out but I think it all came together quite well. For example, the pick-ups are the 'hot' Fralin Blues pickups, which sound best with 500k pods. Thus, I had to rebuild the control plate so that the pick-ups sound their best."

The Book JoinWith.Me is available on Amazon at

JoinWith.Me by Mike Meier

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