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 T-Deluxe, Trans-black flame top New!    

    Sometimes the back looks as good as the front - here is an example of that!  I've used a very nicely figured one-piece Mahogany body, no added color needed. The Maple front is a vivid tiger-flame with a transparent charcoal stain.  All the binding on the guitar is Ivory/black/white celluloid.  I used an intensely figured piece of Ziricote for the fingerboard and another similar piece for the headstock face.  I also made a pair of Ziricote pickup rings.

    The gold hardware includes a set of Hipshot Classic Tuners, a TonePros AVT2 bridge and a set of great sounding Amalfitano Fullbuckers.

  (available at Willcutt Guitar Shoppe)     

T-Deluxe, Flame top - body back

(March 2017)

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7-string Stand. Walnut top

(available at Guitar Addict)    
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Standard 7-string, Walnut crotch top    
This new Standard is made specially for people with extra fingers!  It features a Mahogany body and neck, a 25-inch scale Ebony fingerboard, and a very nice, dark Walnut crotch top.  I've bound the guitar in black & white celluloid.  I re-designed my Valiant head stock to use on this guitar, because it suited the seven tuning keys better than the Standard head. 

    The string-through-body bridge is made by Hipshot as are the tuning keys. I've used a pair of 7-string Black Hawk humbucking pickups from Bare Knuckle Pickups in the UK.

    The finish is natural oil & wax which is always, in my opinion, the nicest way to highlight the Walnut. 

 (Febr 2017)

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 T2, White Limba        

    Here is another good example of a White Limba T2 with an antique natural finish.  It has an Indian Rosewood fingerboard with cream binding and abalone line inlays, and I've used a five-ply black and cream pickguard.

    The TonePros bridge, Grover tuners and metal knobs are all nickel, and the pickups are Amalfitano Vintage spec P90's.  A vintage style rocker!. 

  (available at Distinctive Guitars)     

T2, White Limba

(Febr. 2017)

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Valiant, TigerEye Flame top  

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Valiant, Tiger-Eye flame top    

      This new Valiant has a very dramatic tiger striped flame Maple top with, appropriately enough, a Tiger-Eye finish!  The finish on the back is natural clear gloss.

The body is a one-piece Black Limba with a matching Limba neck with Maple laminates.  The fingerboard on this guitar is Brazilian Rosewood with Abalone line inlays.  All binding is cream celluloid.

 The guitar has a TonePros AVT2 bridge and Sperzel Solid  Pro tuners.  Power is provided by a pair of Amalfitano PAF's with exposed Zebra coils - needless to say, these sound great.

(Jan 2017)                                           (private custom order)

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Standard HB, Quilt top      

    This Standard Hollow body has a very pretty Quilt top, finished in a rich Amber burst. The body and neck are Honduras Mahogany, and the guitar has a 25 inch scale Rosewood fingerboard with stainless steel frets.

      I've used a Schroeder wraparound bridge and Hipshot Ultralight tuners.  I also used a set of Amalfitano Fullbuckers with exposed Zebra coils.  All the hardware is nickel and the binding is cream celluloid.  A really nice sounding guitar!  

  (available at Guitar Addict)     

Quilt-top Hollow-body Standard

(Jan 2017)                                                                   
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T Deluxe, Quilted Maple drop-top
(Dec 2016)

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T Deluxe, Quilted Maple drop-top   

      Here I've used a really pretty piece of quilted Maple for the top on a T Deluxe. The wood contains a lot of natural color so all it needed was an untinted clear gloss for the finish. 

The body and  neck are Honduras Mahogany which has been given a golden brown stain to be more in keeping with the color of the front.  The fingerboard and head face are Brazilian Rosewood and the inlays are Abalone lines.  

 The guitar has a set of Hipshot Ultralight tuners and a TonePros bridge.  All the hardware is nickel.

    The pickups are a slightly unusual combiation; an Amalfitano Fullbucker at the bridge position, and a Gibson Burstbucker Pro at the neck.  These two pickups sound amazingly good on this guitar. 

  (available at Willcutt Guitar Shoppe)     

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Standard HB, Trans blue one-piece top 

    This Standard Hollow body has a dark, dramatic looking Black Limba body and neck and a very nice one-piece Curly Maple top.  The transparent blue stain on the Maple is an interesting contrast to the natural back of the body.  The fingerboard is Brazilian Rosewood with Abalone line inlays.  All the binding is cream celluloid.  

    All hardware is nickel - Grover tuners, a TonePros bridge, and domed metal control knobs.  The pickups are Amalfitano Fullbuckers.  A great sounding hollow body guitar!   

  (available at Distinctive Guitars)     

Standard HB, Trans-blue top

(Nov 2016)                                                                   
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Valiant Hollow-body Custom
(Oct 2016)

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Valiant Hollow-body Custom  

      This guitar is a Valiant, but it's very different from any previous versions. The hollow-body is made from a frame of African Mahogany with a separate carved African Mahogany back.  The top is a lightly figured Western Maple which is carved inside and out, the same as the back.  On the inside  it has Spruce tone bars running from the neck to the mounting block that holds the Bigsby.

  The neck is Honduras Mahogany with Maple laminates, with a very nice straight grain Indian Rosewood fingerboard.  The side dots are  gem-cut Cubic Zirconia which are great for catching the light on a darkened stage.  Instead of the regular Valiant headstock, this guitar has a head borrowed from the Brigand.  I've made a fully compensated Ebony bridge which helps to give the guitar a very "woody" sound.

    The pickups are a pair of humbucking sized P90's made in Australia by Mick Brierley, which run through a traditional 4 control system.  We used Schaller Grand Tune machine heads - these are very smooth acting heads. The Bigsby is a B5 model which I modified by cutting off the roller from the front.  This was done to reduce the string angle over the bridge and also to make the action of the Bigsby a little more sensitive (or precise). 

    The finish is oil & wax  which is tinted Golden Oak color on the Maple and light Walnut on the Mahogany.

  (Private custom order)

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Standard HB, Cherry Spruce top

    Here is a new hollow-body Standard with a Black Limba body and neck, and a rich Cherry stained Engleman Spruce top.  This Spruce has some unusual figuring in the grain and I definitely like any wood that looks a bit unusual.

    I used a pair of TV Jones FilterTron Classic pickups which gives this guitar a very "sparkly" sound, reminiscent of a Gretsch, and that was the general idea for this instrument.  The Maccassar Ebony figerboard adds a little "hardness" to the overall sound which creates a very balanced tone.

   The bridge is a TonePros AVT2, and for a change, I've used a set of Kluson "Waffle-back" tuners which worked very well and look great!  As mentioned before, the Spruce is stained Cherry red and then clear coated, and the back is natural color clear gloss.

  (available at Willcutt Guitar Shoppe)     

Cherry red HB Spruce top

(Sept 2016)                                                                   
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