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Alexander James Guitars Ursa Review

Ever since I was a young child, I’ve wanted a custom-made left-handed guitar. Being a lefty, very few of the guitars I saw in my local music shops were playable, and some flat out didn’t sell lefty instruments. Walking into a musician shop is still, to this day, like walking into a candy shop where every piece of candy is a delicious jawbreaker that won’t fit into your mouth. I was on the search for a custom lefty guitar for a few years before I found Alexander James Guitars and his small team, owned by Alexander James Colarassi. Despite wanting a custom, I didn’t put aside money for the occasion since I assumed it was out of my budget and couldn’t give me much more value than my current collection of low-end Ibanez and ESPs. I found Alexander James Guitars on LeftFretz.com’s blog, a website dedicated to left-handed guitars and basses, and within moments of seeing his Macassar Ebony Ursa, I fell in love with his guitars and was writing him an email to enquire about prices, details, and endorsements. It’s been a few weeks and a year since I’ve owned my Ursa and about two years since I placed the order, and I want to share why I think anyone who loves exotic wood guitars should consider buying one of his instruments.

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Details On My New Custom Ursa Guitar

As many of you know, I’m getting a new hand-built custom guitar forged by Alexander James Colarossi, exotic wood luthier. Being left handed, I’ve always been stuck with sub-$500 black or grey guitars. After 12 years of playing, I felt I finally deserved a nice guitar that would get me through the next decade of adventures.

Ursa Gallery

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ExoNova, My First Electronic Album is Officially for Sale!

I've finally released my first electronic/rock album. Yay! This album is available for free on SoundCloud and for very cheap on BandCampYou can also download it in nice little ZIP file. The album is for sale on several stores for those who want to support my musical endeavors. I truly enjoy writing and producing music, so any support I can get for this album will help me dedicate more time to doing what I love.

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Reflection On Time in Italy

A little over a year ago, my girlfriend and I attended a study-abroad program in Italy. What an experience. It was adventurous, fun, tough, exotic, and delicious. Here are 21 pictures (out of thousands) of our journey. Enjoy!

  Cinque Terre. Absolutely beautiful. Took this picture on a hike.

Cinque Terre. Absolutely beautiful. Took this picture on a hike.

 Staying warm in the winter, staying cool in the summer. 

Staying warm in the winter, staying cool in the summer. 

 Composing. I wrote  Syzygy  in Italy.

Composing. I wrote Syzygy in Italy.

 Lunch in Cinque Terre. Had some  Angler fish .

Lunch in Cinque Terre. Had some Angler fish.

 On the top of the Duomo, the largest church in Florence.

On the top of the Duomo, the largest church in Florence.

  Celebration in front of the Duomo, Florence.

Celebration in front of the Duomo, Florence.

 Beer from the tap at an American resturaunt in Italy.

Beer from the tap at an American resturaunt in Italy.

  At the London Train Station. Also, a tasty Cappuccino.

At the London Train Station. Also, a tasty Cappuccino.

 Just look at this. I probably don't even need to say that it was tasty.

Just look at this. I probably don't even need to say that it was tasty.

  More dessert. Fluffy Tiramisu. Gained 15 pounds in Italy.

More dessert. Fluffy Tiramisu. Gained 15 pounds in Italy.

 Gelato stores stacked their ice cream high. The giant mounds of it made it irresistible.

Gelato stores stacked their ice cream high. The giant mounds of it made it irresistible.

  Mini chocolate cappuccinos that we bought at a chocolate fair.

Mini chocolate cappuccinos that we bought at a chocolate fair.

 Top = Fiesole, neighbor of Florence. Bottom = Capri, famous Italian island.

Top = Fiesole, neighbor of Florence. Bottom = Capri, famous Italian island.

 Looking over a vineyard in San Gimignano.

Looking over a vineyard in San Gimignano.

 Ellyn in front of the  Tower of London . We just started watching  The Tutors.

Ellyn in front of the Tower of London. We just started watching The Tutors.

 Walking around the city above Florence. Fiesole was one of my favorite destinations. .

Walking around the city above Florence. Fiesole was one of my favorite destinations..

 On a boat in Venice.

On a boat in Venice.

 Rumor has it there is a leaning tower in Piza.

Rumor has it there is a leaning tower in Piza.

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Sistine Chapel, Vatican City.