Jason's Signature Battlecaster features a paulownia body with mahogany countersinks, a rock maple neck with maple fretboard and jumbo Jescar stainless steel frets. It also features a bridge plate and control plate hand crafted from a melted down M1 Garand gun barrel, shotgun shell knobs and a pair of DiMarzio Area T pickups.

Garuda Custom Guitars

If you haven't heard The Steel Woods yet, you have no idea what you are missing. Southern-fried rock, country and blues all rolled into one, The Steel Woods bring a raw energy and fire to their music the likes of which hasn't been seen in some time. And at the front end of that sound is Jason "Rowdy" Cope. His style of playing brings a hard-hitting edge to the band and we wanted to help him keep that up - all while playing a guitar that was as unique as the man himself.

Our own Brad Gaines met Rowdy at The Manchester Music Hall in Lexington, KY and struck up a friendship almost immediately. The passion they both shared for guitar led to them hammering out some initial details for what would become Rowdy's Battlecaster. Rowdy and Brad worked for weeks getting things in line and making sure that his guitar would be everything he hoped it could be. But then Brad had a surprise for Rowdy - one he wasn't expecting. Brad got with friends and family of Rowdy and managed to get a photo of Rowdy's Grandfather when he graduated Airborne School in the Army during WWII. The back and side of the guitar also feature his name and unit in faded Army white stencil, so that his grandfather goes whit him wherever the road may lead.

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"But what does your name mean?" 

It's a question we get all the time. Well, here's why we chose it. Military folks have a code. We're warriors. We have a sense of duty and honor about what we do. But we can also be swift, violent and deadly when called to be so. America's military might has been the ultimate force of war and also the greatest guardians of peace, the weak, the oppressed and the innocent. Wars are not pretty. But they are fought by the very best that our nation has to offer. To that end, we tried to find a name that we felt embodied who we were as soldiers and sailors. All of us are combat veterans and have seen duty stations both at home and abroad. We have all sacrificed. We have all lost ones close to us. We are warriors. So the Garuda, a beast of mythic proportions in Hindu mythology was the visage we chose to represent who we were. The Garuda weeds out the snakes of the world and protects those in need. But in times of peace, he is a silent guardian. Hopefully, you are now starting to see why the name resonated with us.

Garuda Custom Guitars is made up of veterans. We own the company, we run the company. We build your guitar with our own hands. We do our very best to ensure that your custom instrument is made from the very best components that are available to us and that we take every care to create and build the very guitar that you've seen in your mind.

We are all guitarists and recording artists ourselves. Our team has a combined 30yrs experience in the studio and on stages the world over.

What does that mean for you?

It means we won't send you a guitar that we wouldn't play ourselves.

ARTISTS SPOTLIGHT: The Steel Woods' Jason "Rowdy" Cope

Garuda Custom Guitars

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