Newcaster Guitar Company
U.S. 64, El Prado, 575.613.0696 newcasterguitars.com
estled in quiet Taos is a man hoping to stir up some sound. Newcaster Guitar Company is a one-man operation lead by Norbert Ubechel, who specializes in hand-made solid body vintage style guitars that any guitarist would love to tickle their fingers with. Customization is a huge part of what the company does: “We create high-quality instruments with a lot of possibilities for the guitarists,” said Ubechel. Newcaster does this by offering choices from a wide variety of woods like ash, mahogany, poplar and alder. He uses quilted maple veneer and burl or spalted maple tops to give the guitars personality. Don’t forget to add blued or stainless steel details to your six-string axe, a technique in which Ubechel specializes. No need to worry about the sound of your guitar that you’ve just bedecked, either. It will still have that range of bright, rich, cutting notes for which ‘tele’ guitars are known, as well as those mellow, dreamy jazz tones that are sometimes needed. This makes Ubechel’s guitars perfectly versatile for the player. You won’t love your guitar from Newcaster Guitar Company just because it sounds amazing. You’re going to love it because it’s unique, lush and perfectly reflects who you are. —Mateo Coffman
wo … four … seven — when it comes to Mimi Green’s custom-made dog collars, leashes, beds and accessories, one is never enough. Bright, cheerful materials show off each dog and owner’s personality and fashion. Mimi Green offers a wide variety of items for your dog, all made in Albuquerque and shipped worldwide. Not only are these products stylish, but they’re also made to be strong and comfortable for any sized pet. Each piece of dog jewelry utilizes the strongest thread on the market for stitching, large-gauge D-rings, nylon webbing capable of holding more than 3,100 pounds before it breaks, and contoured buckles made of metal or military-grade plastic that fit the curves of a dog’s neck. Each collar offers unique features such as water-resistant oilcloth, engraved buckles, reflective fabric, leather options and more. In addition, each collar can be embroidered by hand with the choice of cursive or print font, and there are custom fit options for dogs that need special sizing. The choices are endless. No matter the breed, gender, or lifestyle of the family pet, Mimi Green has an accessory that is fun, functional and fabulous. —Katherine Oostman
LOCAL iQ | ALBUQUERQUE’S INTELLIGENT ALTERNATIVE | JULY 10-23, 2014
Published on Jul 8, 2014
ART: Mas Attack • MUSIC: New Mexico Jazz Fest • FOOD: Inn of the Anasazi • FILM: On the Set: Manhattan • CULTURE: 9 Local Products/Rail Yard...