The Queen of Hearts Series - five flat-top acoustic steel-string guitars in maple/mahogoany/spruce/ebony with custom-etched badges from the designs of Tony Zemaitis by Dave 'Of England' Brewis
One of the first Queen Of Hearts Guitars before she left England.
The Queen of Hearts Series is five instruments sixteen and three-quarters inches at the lower bout, with the heart-shaped soundhole festooned with abalone (or pearl), the three-point headpiece (one of Tony's last designs), the old-world 'smiling' bridge, Danny O'Brien engraved metal parts specially-designed for the series, and unique-to-each-guitar subtleties with woods and inlays (no one of the five is exactly alike). Musically and visually these instruments have been very lovely, embodying the musical character of the older J-200s but with even greater flair, zeal, and personality; and having a visual aesthetic that is simultaneously beautiful, distinctive, and timeless. The tone is best described as 'breadth and sparkle'.
To date, three have been made. The first two, along with the large-bodied 'idea' instrument have been sold. One collector/player who purchased one of the Queen of Hearts instruments said he favours it over instruments in his collection that were nearly quadruple the cost.
The Queen of Hearts Series is featured for sale on www.DreamGuitars.com.
History and Evolution of the Series
When I was very young my brother had an old Gibson J-50 - it was from the late fifties. Then a friend of mine bought it and it became the guitar he played when we were in junior high school. We'd spend the night at one another's house, and I always slept later than he did, so often I'd awaken to him playing that guitar. Back then I had a rather limited vocabulary for tone, but I do recall thinking that guitar had a richness and smoothness that was developed and pleasing. Click here to read more.