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  Giffin Micros   "the featherweights"



A Micro and a Standard 6-string       The idea behind the Micro was to produce a very lightweight, compact guitar that performed like a full-sized instrument.  I started with a 24 3/4," 24 fret neck and designed the smallest practical body & head around it. The result was a highly playable, killer sounding guitar that weighed no more than 5-6 lbs.  (This design also spawned the Steinberger 'M' series guitars.)   (Below is a link to an old reveiw of a Micro bolt-on built 1998)
   The picture to the left shows a Micro (blue) and a Standard next to each other for comparison purposes.  As you can see, the body size on the Micro is quite a bit smaller than the Standard, and despite having a 24 fret neck, the whole guitar still ends up three inches shorter than the 22 fret Standard...!      
Review
(Vintage Guitar Magazine Oct '98)


Micro, Koa Top  

  There can be no doubt that Koa gives a guitar a very special appearance.  I had this odd piece of Koa lying around that was too small for a Standard. Here is the result..!   just the right thing for a Micro, and the Tobacco burst sets it off really well.  I used a Wilkinson bridge, and Gotoh tuners and Kent Armstrong P90s.
 
   Sounds great!, looks great!

 


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Micro, Quilted Maple, Maple Sunburst
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Micro,Quilted Maple Sunburst 

  This is a very pretty example of a Micro.    It's cream bound throughout with cream covered Gibson P90s.  With Nickel hardware and a traditional Cherry Sunburst, this guitar has a very classy timeless look.

The bridge is a Wilkinson and the tuners are Gotoh minis.  Great playing, great sounding guitar!!!
 

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Micro Sunburst - headMicro Sunburst, body


Micro, Peacock Blue 

   This was a slightly different color for the Micros, but I'd rather like it.  The curly Maple looks really good through the blue. Just for a change, I used an ABM bridge on this guitar with Kent Armstrong P90 pickups.  It has a dark South American Rosewood fingerboard with line inlays instead of the normal "teardrops."  The fingerboard is bound but the body has a clear Maple edge to it.  As with all the Micros, this one tipped the scales at around 6 lbs.

 

 
Basic model

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Micro, Sunburst Flametop 

    Here is a recent Micro with a very pretty piece of flamed Maple.  The traditional sunburst finish with cream binding around the whole guitar gives it a timeless classic look.   This one has Lindy Fralin pickups which sound particularly sweet on this guitar.  It has a Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard and matching head veneer.   It has a Wilkinson bridge and Gotoh 510 series tuners in Nickel.


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General specifications for most Micros: 


Micro - basic model price:  $3,895

(All instruments ordered directly from me are "custom orders" even if they fit within basic specs.)


Any custom guitar ordered using parts and materials from this light blue box section should fall within the basic model price.  Any custom option from the dark blue box below will add to the price by the amount shown.


Materials used on a Micro
(basic model)
:

Wood:                                                                                                The Wood Pile
Body:  Honduras Mahogany
Neck:  Laminated Honduras Mahogany or laminated Maple
Body top:  S (standard)  Figured Maple   (please check "The Wood Pile" for  examples of available wood)
Fingerboards: Indian Rosewood, Ebony

Hardware:
Tuners:  Grover or Gotoh mini tuners, Gotoh 510 Delta series, Hipshot
Bridge:  Wilkinson, TonePros, ABM or Pigtail, Schroeder
Pickups:  Amalfitano, Wolfetone, Lindy Fralin, Kent Armstrong, Razor, Gibson 
Guitar controls: 1-volume, 1-tone (CTS or DiMarzio pots), 3-position pickup selector (Switchcraft).

Neck dimensions:
Scale Length:  24 3/4 inches, 24 frets
Width at nut:  1 11/16 inches, width at 24th fret:  2 1/4 inches.
Neck thickness at first fret:  .890 inches to .910 inches.  Thickness at 12th fret:  .990 inches to 1.000 inches.
General neck shape is based on a 50's Gibson  which is a 'C' shape at the body end tapering down to a slight
'V' shape at the nut end.
Neck/body joint:
Neck blends into body with no heel
Inlay options:  Standard vertical lines, pearl dots

 

 

 


Additional options for Custom orders
  (Upgrades):


Neck material:  5-ply Curly or Bird's Eye Maple - Add $100                                               

Body top materials available:  UG (upgrade) - UG+ (upgrade plus), Maple - curly, quilt or Bird's eye, Redwood burl, Redwood curl, Figured Walnut, Curly Bubinga,
Curly Koa - Add $125 - $450,  - please call for quote.   (please check "The Wood Pile" for  examples of available wood)

Optional Fingerboards:   Madagascar Rosewood, Macassar Ebony - Add $50, 
Brazilian Rosewood - Add $300 


Optional fingerboard inlays:  Butterflies - Add $400,  Teardrops - Add $100,  Snowflakes - Add $75

For Custom inlays - please call for quote.

Other scale lengths available:  None

For any other custom details - please call or write for quote

Hardware:  For hardware options other than standard, please call or write for quote.

 

 

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