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Standard, Maple burl top

(available at Guitar Addict)         (July 2018)

 

Standard, Maple Burl top   New!
  
  
Here is a very nice example of a Maple burl top Standard.  I've wiped the wood over with a golden brown stain which really brings out all of the figure  The body and  neck are both Honduras Mahogany, and the fingerboard is Indian Rosewood. 

    I've used a set of Hipshot Classic Open tuners and a TonePros AVT2 bridge.  The pickups are Wolfetone Dr. Vintage humbuckers.  Good sounding guitar!!   

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Standard, 1-Piece Curly Maple top  

    This new Standard has a very pretty one-piece curly Maple top which I'd set aside for a project that didn't get started.  So, I've used it on this guitar, and it's rather lovely as you can see.
   The body on the guitar is quarter-sawn ribbon-grain African Mahogany. I used Honduras Mahogany and hard Maple for the neck, and the fingerboard is figured Ziricote, as is the head-face, heel cap and pickup rings.  The Abalone lines in the fingerboard sit in brass channels, and I've also used brass tubing with abalone dots for the fingerboard side markers.   All the binding is black celluloid.      .

     I've mixed black and gold for the hardware, and I think this looks classy.  The tuners are Hipshot Open Classic, and the bridge is a TonePros AVT2.  Pickups on this guitar are slightly unusual - they are a custom set of Klein humbuckers which are PAF spec but with 12 adjustable pole pieces.  Both pickups are coil tapped by a push/pull on the tone control.

          Standard, 1-piece Curly Maple top - fingerboard inlays                   (Willcutt Guitar Shoppe)  

  
Standard, 1-piece Curly Maple top
(July 2018)
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Standard, Midnight Sappire Quilt top

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 Standard, Midnight Sapphire Quilt top 
 
   
Here is a new Standard with a dark Midnight Sapphire Quilt top.  The body on this guitar is a 1-piece Honduras Mahogany, and the neck is also a 1-piece Honduras Mahogany.  I've used Indian Rosewood for the fingerboard, head face and pickups rings, and the fingerboard has Abalone line inlays.  The binding on this guitar is white celluloid and all the hardware is gold plated.

    I've used Grover Rotomatic tuners and a TonePros AVT2 bridge.  The pickups are a pair of Wolfetone Dr. Vintage humbuckers with a coil tap on the tone control.  Very dark and dramatic looking guitar.

(available at Distinctive Guitars)         (June 2018)

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   All Walnut Standard Hollow-body  
 

    This hollow-body Standard is made entirely from Walnut - Claro Walnut crotch on the front and everything else is Oregon Black Walnut.  This includes the fingerboard, pickup rings, and truss-rod cover.  The Walnut head face has an African Adinkra inlay cut from Abalone.  All the binding is cream celluloid, and the hardware is gold plated.

   The guitar has Hipshot Classic Open tuners and a Rezomatic bridge.  The pickups are a set of Wolfetone Custom 12-screw pole humbuckers with coil taps on both pickups via a push/pull on the tone control. Lovely sounding guitar!

(May 2018)                                                  (private order)     

 All Walnut Standard Hollow-body 

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Broad-flame Standard Hollow-body

Broad-flame, Standard HB - backBroad-flame, Standard HB - front
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Standard Hollow-body, Broad-flame Maple top  
 
  
Here are some nice examples of premium woods.  The broad-flame Maple is something I don't come across very often, but it's not hard on the eye, as I'm sure you can see. The chambered body and the outer laminates on the neck are made of some really gorgeous curly Mahogany - again not easy to find this material, but well worth it when I do.  The fingerboard (no inlay neccessary) is a highly figured piece of Ziricote as is the head-stock face.  All the binding of the guitar is black/white & tortoise shell, and I used the same materials for the pickup rings.

    I used a set of gold Gotoh 510 tuners, a gold Rezomatic wraparound bridge, and a set of gold Wolfetone Dr. Vintage humbuckers with a coil-tap on the tone control.  The finish is clear gloss.  Classy!


(available at Willcutt Guitar Shoppe)         (May 2018)

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   T-Deluxe, Tiger-Eye Curly Maple top 

    This T-Deluxe, has a light-weight 1-piece Honduras Mahogany body with a one-piece curly Maple drop top. The neck on this guitar is also made from a one-piece curly Maple block. The 25 inch scale fingerboard is East Indian Rosewood with Abalone line inlays and has stainless steel frets.  Binding on the guitar is cream celluloid.

    I've used a set of Klein Epic 58 humbuckers wired through a single volume and tone and a 3-way selector.  The bridge is TonePros AVT2 and the tuners are Kluson Waffle-backs.  Finish is a Tiger-Eye stain on the front of the body and also on the back of the neck, and the body back is Walnut stained.  Good looking guitar!

(available at Guitar Addict)

  
T-Deluxe, Tiger-Eye Curly Maple top


(April 2018)

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T-Deluxe, Tiger- Eye - neck


 
Model TS, Custom
(private custom order)             (April 2018)


Model TS, Custom - front
Model TS, Custom - back
Model TS, Custom - fingerboard


   Model TS, Custom   

       
  
  Here is a rather different version of my T series guitars.  It unashamedly pays homage to a certain very famous type of instrument..  I've used a super light-weight piece of Swamp Ash for the body, and a single piece of curly Maple for the glued-in neck.  The fingerboard is highly figured Ziricote with Abalone line inlays.  It has a 25 1/2 inch scale with a 10 inch radius  fingerboard.  The shape of the neck is also "borrowed" from a 1958 version of same famous guitar type.

    The tremelo bridge is a Hipshot US Contour model which works excedingly well, and to keep the strings in tune I've used Hipshot Grip-Lock tuners.  The pickups are a set of Mick Brierley Vintage Single coils, and these are wired through a 5-way selector switch.  I've added a push/pull on the tone control to give it a couple more pickup combinations (neck/bridge, plus all 3 PU's together) that you cannot get using just the 5-way switch.

    The finish is a hand-rubbed oil varnish with an Amber tint which gives a very hard-wearing surface despite feeling as if there was no finish at all.  Sounds amazingly good!

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Standard HB, Burnt Cherry Maple top
 
Standard Hollow-body, Burnt Cherry Maple top
                       (available at Willcutt Guitar Shoppe)       
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Standard SB, Burnt Cherry Maple top
 
 

 Standard SB, Burnt Cherry Maple top
                      (March 2018) 
   Standard, Burnt Cherry Maple top - front
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         Both of these guitars are built with matching wood.  The Mahogany bodies are both cut from the same board, as are the Mahogany and Maple necks.  The curly Maple tops are two consecutive cuts from the same Maple billet - they are slightly differently oriented which gives both guitars a unique look.  I've used Ziricote for the fingerboard and head veneers on both guitars, all of which were cut from one piece of wood.  These were laid out as mirror images - one guitar is almost a reflection of the other.   
    The gold hardware on both guitars consists of Gotoh 510 tuners, TonePros bridge, and a set of Klein Epic humbuckers.  The burnt Cherry Maple fronts are complimented by a golden brown stain on the Mahogany back.

  A very striking pair of guitars!

 



 
Standard, Special edition   

    This new Standard features a highly figured Honduras Mahogany body with no separate top - the whole thing is one piece.  I've matched this with a vividly flamed Mahogany neck using Rosewood and Maple laminates.
   The neck has an unbound Brazilian fingerboard with Abalone line inlays.  Instead of my normal binding on the body, I've used multiple black and white violin-style purfling, and the curly Mahogany head face also has this purfling.
   The pickup rings, heel cap and recessed truss-rod cover are all Brazilian Rosewood to match the fingerboard, and the knobs are made of the same Mahogany as the body.      .

     All the hardware is gold and consists of a set of Gotoh 510 tuners, a Rezomatic Wraparound bridge and a set of Wolfetone Dr. Vintage humbuckers
   The finish is clear gloss Urethane over oiled wood. 

(Willcutt Guitar Shoppe - sold)

  
Standard, Special Edition, all figured Mahogany

(Febr. 2018)
Standard SE, All Mahogany - neck
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Standard, Flame Walnut top, oil finish
(available at Distinctive Guitars)         (Febr 2018)

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Standard, Flame Walnut
 
  
On this new Standard I've gone as natural as possible.  Walnut always looks great under an oil finish, and this chevron flame Claro Walnut top is no exception.  For the neck on this guitar, I've used an extremely flamed piece of Maple with Mahogany laminates, and this is topped with an Indian Rosewood fingerboard  The finish on the guitar is a medium Walnut tinted oil with a wax top coat.  As you can see looking at the back of the neck, the color in the oil really makes the flame pop out.

    The tuners are Hipshot Classic Open style, the bridge is a TonePros AVT2 and pickups are Wolfetone Dr. Vintage Humbuckers.  All the hardware is nickel.

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