Love an offset, but want something a little bit more unique? How about a thinline semi-hollow variant? In Champagne Sparkle finish that will take the meaning of the word "shiny" to a whole new level.
We are big fans of offsets here at GuitarGarageLondon - and here's one truly special custom offset with an alder body with a 7-mm spruce top and two big sound chambers on both sides of the vibrato.
The vast majority of offset guitars have bodies made of alder or ash. Spruce tops are the usual choice for acoustic guitars. Thanks to this unique combination and sound chambers this guitar not only sound sublime without any amp, but also weights just 3.5kg. Sound chambers can also be heard when plugged in, with the guitar exhibiting very velvety low-mids and crystal-clear highs, with 3D depth to every note. All inner cavities have been professionally shielded with high-grade copper foil and grounded. "Faraday Cage" created by the cavities and the pickguard helps greatly reduce electrical interference and noise.
Champagne Sparkle finish is truly something else, with the glitter becoming particularly lively in electric lights. Simply stunning! Fender made these sparkle finishes to order back in the 1960s, but they are extremely rare to come by.
Beautiful maple neck with dark chocolate rosewood fretboard was made by Fender in USA in 2006. Medium C-shape and satin finish on the back make this a true pleasure to play. Medium jumbo frets have no wear and the tuners are stable.
Electrical-voice is provided by a set of Fender's latest Jazzmaster pickups - the V-mods! Warm and punchy neck, cutting and spanky bridge - these are very nicely balanced and provide a very broad variety of tones for almost any genre of music, but especially all sorts of rock.
Original Jazzmaster wiring was developed by Leo to enchant the jazz players (who ignored the guitar altogether) , but the whole rhythm/lead circuit design is a bit of a hit-and-miss. So instead, this guitar has roller pots removed and much more versatile series-parallel wiring installed. Besides those classic Jazzmaster positions (neck, neck+bridge in parallel, bridge) you also get a humbucker-esque 4th sound!
Slider on the upper horn engages both pickups in-series, where both coils essentially act as a spaced humbucker, doubling the output and overdriving any tube amp into sweet heaven. This sound is incredibly balanced thanks to all the twang from the bridge pickup, warmth of the neck and lack of mid scoop, that you usually get in a more traditional "middle" position, where pickups are engaged in parallel. With the slider down and using the 3-way toggle switch you will still get those 3 traditional tones.
If your 3-way toggle is in the neck position and you move the slider switch up - you will get silence. Which means in this configuration your slider switch turns into a killswitch for all those brilliant percussive Tom Morello/Jonny Greenwood style stutter tricks.
For the most usable treble roll off, this time we've used the highest quality ceramic disc tone capacitor, that allows even, thick and gritty tone when you turn the pot down. Speaking of pots - those solid brass shaft Mojotone A500K pots quickly became our favourites for these kind of custom-builds thanks to their very small tolerances and ultra-even volume and tone roll-off and, of course, the indestructible design that should last for decades.
We started using Hosco Japan vibratos instead of Fender ones only recently, but the quality of the components and the tuning stability of these units is very impressive and consistent. Vibrato works very smoothly and the spring used is very responsive, yet stable, always returning to pitch. Vibrato has a lock function, that helps stay in tune in case of a string break. The original long arm stays in nicely and doesn't flop around. Vibrato cavity has been positioned closer to the bridge on this custom build to provide a better angle of the strings at the bridge and eliminate the need for a neck shim.
Traditional Jazzmaster bridge famous for its rattling and string slippage was never even considered for this project. This time we've decided to use Gotoh Japan tune-o-matic design bridge. This super-solid design uses threaded body inserts and posts to provide better string-to-body vibration coupling and enhance sustain and natural resonance. Loved by all the Gibson players and a common mod on Jazzmasters and Jaguars, as used by Kurt Cobain, J Mascis and a million other alt-rock offset lovers. Now you can hit those strings as hard as you want and use the tremolo till your hands hurt.
This instrument received a full professional setup with deep body cleaning, body polish, neck deep clean, lemon oil fretboard treatment, full electronics check, truss-rod and action and intonation adjustment. Restringed with D'addario 10-46 Nickel-plated steel strings.
This guitar will be shipped around UK and EU with Parcelforce or UPS courier, safely packed into a sturdy guitar cardboard box. 24h courier service provided to UK customers. Worldwide shipping available as well!
Fender USA Strat neck - Custom Thinline Jazzmaster body - Champagne Sparkle
MODEL: Custom Thinline offset
COLOUR: Champagne Sparkle gloss finish
PICKGUARD: 3-ply mint green
NECK: 2006 Fender American Standard C-shape maple neck
NECK THICKNESS: 1st fret - 21mm; 12th fret - 22.5mm
NUT WIDTH: 43mm
FRETBOARD: rosewood, 9.5-inch radius
FRETS: 22 medium jumbo frets with no wear
TUNERS: Fender sealed tuners, chrome finish
BODY: custom-made alder body with 7-mm spruce top and two chambers on both sides. traditional "belly" contour and SS body routing, full high-grade copper foil cavity shielding
TOTAL WEIGHT: 3.5 kg
PLASTICS: Fender USA Pure Vintage pickup covers
KNOBS: Fender USA Pure Vintage Telecaster knobs
BRIDGE: Gotoh Japan tune-o-matic bridge
TREMOLO: Hosco Japan Jazzmaster tremolo with pop-in tremolo arm
WEAR: near-mint condition with just a tiny paint chip near the neck pocket
PICKUPS: Fender USA V-mod single-coil set for punchy and warm tone
WIRING: USA-spec wiring with Switchcraft 3-way toggle switch, Mojotone CTS A500K volume and tone pots with solid brass shafts, Switchcraft slider switch for series/parallel connection (humbucker tone) and kill-switch, vintage 1960s ceramic disc tone capacitor, full vintage-style cloth-covered wiring
Please note that although we put our heart and soul and also all our knowledge into every single guitar we sell, a setup is a personal preference. However, we try to get the best playability out of every guitar and set them up so you can play both rhythm and lead. We also pull them all apart to clean and check every single component and replace all unreliable parts with new ones, from dodgy pots to the whole wiring, tuners, string trees, nuts and etc. All the work done is described in detail in the listing.
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