A hollow body fitted with a thin top of fine wood produces an open dynamic sound. Light weight and comfortable body contours make it a breeze to play.
Craig Nicholls of the Vines commissioned this guitar - he saw one of producer Rob Schnapfs' S&S guitars and liked its light weight and sound. Quilted Maple top with Rosewood fingerboard, 2 TV-Jones Filtertron pickups.
This guitar is a precursor of the S&S and 486 line dating back to 1996. A hollow Alder body topped with Macassar Ebony and a one-piece Macassar Ebony neck. The original guitar underwent some modifications over time. The original Tele-style bridge with a Seymour Duncan Hot Stack was replaced with a roller bridge, a Bigsby and a BoneTop P-90 style pickup. A second BoneTop was added and the 3-way switch placed in the upper bout. An Ilitch noise-cancelling coil ensures studio-quiet operation.
Taking the S&S concept as a starting point I used the Warmoth Bocote neck producer Rob Schnapf brought me and made a PJ with a fiddleback Ash top. Due to the heavy neck and light body this bass turned out to be a bit neck-heavy...
Alder body with flame Maple top with a center stripe of pearl. Seymour Duncan Seth Lover pickups. Mahogany neck w/Ebony fingerboard.
Mahogany body and neck with Rosewood fingerboard. Flame Koa top. 'BoneTop' P90's.
Salvage, courtesy of Todd Taggart. I found the piece for the top while dumpster diving at Allied Luthierie - one of my favorite suppliers. It had proved too small for their use as an acoustic back: a full 1/2" thick top of figured Rosewood with abalone purfling. The neck is quilted Mahogany with a Rosewood fingerboard. The thickness allowed me to carve the top rather than have it be a flat top as usual.
Mahogany body w/flame Koa top. Flame Koa neck w/Rosewood fingerboard. Gold hardware.
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Indian Rosewood top over Mahogany body. Maple neck w/Indian Rosewood fingerboard and headstock overlay. Two 'BoneTop' P-90's. $-way switching allowing for the pickups to be wired in series as well as parallel.
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Macassar Ebony top over Mahogany body. Maple neck w/Macassar fingerboard and headstock overlay. Two 'BoneTop' P-90's, Hipshot bridge.
Macassar Ebony top over Mahogany body. Maple neck w/Macassar fingerboard and headstock overlay. Lollar Imperial humbucker in the Spalt custom bridge, Lollar minihumbucker in the neck. Hipshot locking tuners w/barrel knobs. 5-way switch for various coil switching options.