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Standard HB, Special Edition

(available at Willcutt Guitar Shoppe)                      (June 2017)
  
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Standard Hollow-body, special edition   New!    
 
   This Standard has a few unusual features and a lot of very nice wood.  The one-piece Maple top has some really lovely figure, and the curly Honduras Mahogany body is one of the nicest mahogany pieces I've seen for a long time The neck is made from the same plank of mahogany.  Instead of binding on the body, I inlayed a "violin-style" purfling around the inside edge on the front which gives the effect of a Maple bound outer edge.  I cut strips of the same Maple, and used it for binding on the fingerboard and head stock.  The fingerboard is a highly figured piece of Ziricote which, in my opinion, didn't need inlays.  I used the same Ziricote for the head stock face and the pickup rings.

    The nickel hardware consists of a set of Kluson Waffleback tuners and a Schroeder Wraparound bridge.  I've used Amalfitano Fullbuckers with a coil tap on the push/pull tone control.  The knobs, incidentally, are made from pieces of the Mahogany and Maple used on the guitar body. .

    I oiled the wood before the clear gloss finish was applied, this really brought out all the different elements of figure in the wood.  It's a very pretty guitar which I feel deserves to be named "special edition!"

  



 
T-Deluxe, Curly Black Limba top    New!

    Here is a new T-Deluxe with a Black Limba drop top - a one-off guitar as curl figure is something that doesn't appear all that often in Black Limba. The body on this guitar is light-weight Honduras Mahogany, the neck is Maple, and the fingerboard is Ziricote.  I bound the whole guitar in pearloid ("mother of toilet seat").  I then made a pair of pickup rings from thick pearloid material  to match the binding.

   The guitar has a pair of new/old-stock Gibson 57 Classic pickups  I added a pair of chrome covers to these to match the rest of the hardware.  The bridge is a TonePros AVT2, and the tuners are Grover Rotomatics.

  The finish on the front is a black-to-natural burst, and the back of the guitar is solid black.  Rather classy I think!

(available at Willcutt Guitar Shoppe)

  
T-Deluxe, Curly Black Limba top

(June 2017)


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Standard, Maple Burl top

(available at Guitar Addict)                      (May 2017)
  
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Standard, Maple Burl top      
 
  
There is a lot of great figure in this burl top, and maybe these pictures don't fully do it justice, but I think the overall effect is rather impressive.  I've stained the top with a golden Amber color, and as a contrast I stained the Mahogany body and neck with a dark Mahogany brown.

    The fingerboard and head veneer are Indian Rosewood and I've used my Abalone vertical line inlays.  All the guitar binding is cream celluloid.  The hardware  consists of a set of Hipshot Classic tuners, Tonepros AVT2 bridge and a set of Seymour Duncan Custom Shop Phat Cat P90's.  All these parts are nickel plated.

    This guitar sounds a little different from the regular humbucker equipped Standards - it has the typical P90 low-end roar with tightly focused high-end response.  Sounds really good!

 

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  Midnight Sapphire burst quilt top    

    This new Standard has a very nice quilted Maple top that would look good with nearly any color, but I think this particular burst is quite outrageous, if I may say so myself.  The guitar has a nice light-weight Honduras Mahogany body and a Mahogany and Maple laminated neck. I've used Indian Rosewood for the fingerboard, head face and pickup rings.  The binding is white celluloid throughout.

   I've used Grover tuners and a TonePros bridge, and the pickups are Amalfitano Fullbuckers with a coil tap on the toncontrol. A really good looking and great sounding guitar!

(available at Distinctive Guitars)

  
Standard, Midnight Sapphire Quilt top

(April 2017)


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Standard, Desert Gradient Quilt top

(available at Distinctive Guitars)    
 
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Standard, Desert Gradient Quilt top      
 
  
This Standard has a very nice quilt top with a finish style I have not used before - looks rather good I think.  It's got a one-piece Honduras Mahogany body with a Mahogany and Maple laminated neck.  The fingerboard and head face are East Indian Rosewood, and the whole guitar is bound with cream celluloid.

    The nickel harware includes Grover Rotomatic tuners and a TonePros bridge, and I've used a pair of Amalfitano Fullbuckers with a coil tap that is activated by a push/pull on the tone control. Nice!

 (April 2017)


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 T-Deluxe, Trans-black flame top    

    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)    
 
 7-string Stand. Walnut top - front7-string Stand. Walnut top - back7-string Stand. Walnut top - body view17-string Stand. Walnut top - body view27-string Stand. Walnut top - body view37-string Stand. Walnut top - body view47-string Stand. Walnut top - head 

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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7-string Stand. Walnut top - detail 7-string Stand. Walnut top - neck joint inlay

  


 
 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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