The S&S series dates back to one of my earliest designs. It consists of a hollow back carved from a solid billet of wood, covered with a beautiful top. It combines light weight and an open sound with a dynamic response. The 486 line represents a refinement of the original concept.
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.
Mahogany body with flame Walnut top. Flame Walnut neck w/Rosewood fingerboard. Two BoneTop P-90's, Hipshot bridge, Sperzel locking tuners.
Swamp Ash body with quilted Mahogany top and neck. Two Lindy Fralin P-90's with custom tortoiseshell celluloid covers.
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.
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.
Swamp Ash body w/Padouk top. Maple neck. Two TV Jones filtertron pickups.
Mahogany body w/Cocobolo top. Madagascar Rosewood neck. Seymour Duncan Seth Lover humbuckers.
Mahogany body. Spalted Maple top. Maple neck. Seymour Duncan Seth Lover humbuckers.
Quilted Mahogany top over Mahogany body. Rosewood neck. Two Fralin P-90's w/custom tortoiseshell celluloid covers.
Mahogany body. Koa top. Honduran Rosewood neck. Seymour Duncan Seth Lover humbuckers. Gold hardware.
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.
Swamp Ash body w/Zebrawood top. Maple neck, Ebony fingerboard. Vintage brass bridge. Two p-90 pickups.
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.
Macassar Ebony over Mahogany body. Maple neck w/Macassar fingerboard and Headstock overlay. Häussel high-output humbucker w/series/split/parallel switching options. Hipshot fixed bridge, Sperzel locking tuners.
Honduran Mahogany hollow body
Maple/Cocobolo sandwich top
Honduran Mahogany neck, flat C
Madagascar Rosewood fingerboard
25 1/2" scale
10-12" radius, 22 frets
Dunlop 6150 fretwire
2-way truss rod
Bone nut, 42mm
Sperzel locking tuners
Hipshot fixed bridge
BoneTop P-90 style in neck and bridge
CTS pots and Orange Drop cap
Push-pull tone pot for series/parallel mode