Reviving an old thread. I had an old hippy sandwich guitar that I got from a friend of mine Kristoff Gross (AKA "goose") back in around 1985 in Petaluma, and I'm trying to figure out where it came from. Unfortunately Kristoff is no longer around to ask, and the guitar face planted off a stand and broke the head stock off. I have a sneaking suspicion if it wasn't built by Irwin, it came out of his shop. Unfortunately I don't have any pictures, I gave the guitar to mine friend Mike Gutsch to see if he could fix it 33 years ago and have no idea where it is, and last I talked to him he can't recall either.
I'll describe it as best I can, maybe somebody knows who built it, I've always been curious. The neck through looked EXACTLY like this one pictured (which is why the headstock repair was so daunting);
It had very gibson SG like appointments as far as hardware and pickups, it had a heart shaped omega at the base, walnut wings and a distinctive ebony inlay on the back of a butterfly with devil horns and a pointy tail. Kristoff said he got it from some one who built it in Napa or Sonoma, possibly an apprentice of Irwin if there were any?
Unfortunately I'll have to chalk it up as another one that got away, but I've always been curious all these years.