I commissioned the guitar but with the three way toggle switch in the top left bout and a Bigsby. Photos were sent charting progress from conception to completion. Jon is not just a fine craftsman, but is uncompromisingly professional

CHARLES

J35 SEMI-HOLLOW

Slightly smaller than a Gibson 335, the Case J35 has a 15" wide body width and is extremely well balanced on the strap. The guitar employs a traditional semi-hollow laminated construction with a spruce centre block and hand carved spruce fillets between the two. The semi-hollow body creates a resonant, responsive tone, while the centre block maximises sustain and keeps feedback to a minimum. The top, back and sides are made from exquisite, figured maple veneers and finished in a stunning sunburst or cherry red. The neck is beautifully hand carved from one piece of quarter sawn mahogany, creating a very stable neck with a great feel. There is a choice of fingerboard, either rosewood for it's warm tone, or ebony for it's slightly brighter response and durability. 

All hardware is high quality and includes a vintage-style Kluson Tuneomatic with lightweight stopbar. Sperzel or Grover deluxe tuners can be specified both guaranteeing fine tuning and smooth operation. High quality CTS pots and Switchcraft components are used together with a 50’s wiring scheme to minimise treble loss when rolling back the volume. 

Hand wound Bare Knuckle unpotted humbuckers are fitted as standard with 'Mule' humbuckers chosen for their outstanding clarity and extended dynamic range. Even at low levels of gain, smooth harmonic feedback, full of overtones is possible, while clean sounds have depth and unmistakable vintage character.

£3,450

Full specification

£3,200 with an unbound fingerboard and a single 'Wave' 12th fret marker

 

S P E C I F I C A T I O N S   

BODY  Laminated, spruce centre block with hand carved spruce fillets (1.75''/44mm at rim)

TOP  Bookmatched figured maple, maple or mahogany

BACK & SIDES  Bookmatched figured maple, maple or Mahogany

NECK  One piece mahogany, comfy C profile, quarter sawn

SCALE LENGTH  24.75''

FINGERBOARD  12'' radius, dark rosewood or ebony

NUT  43mm Bone

BINDING  White or Ivoroid

FRETS  22 Dunlop 6100 jumbo

MARKERS  Mother of pearl Wave inlays

TRUSS ROD  Adjustable double action

HEADSTOCK OVERLAY  Ebony

LOGO  Etched brass

HARDWARE  Nickel plated

BRIDGE  Kluson Tuneomatic with lightweight stopbar

TUNERS  Grover Deluxe keystone

CONTROLS  Volume and tone for each pickup, Switchcraft 3-way selector switch

CAPACITORS  Sprague Orange drop .022

KNOBS  Solid brass Case bell or amber top hat

FINISH  High gloss nitrocellulose

COLOURS  Tobacco burst, Sunburst, cherry red

CASE  Hard shell

PICKUPS  Bare Knuckle 'Mule' humbuckers

BRIDGE  DC: 8.4 Magnet: Alnico IV

NECK  DC: 7.3 Magnet: Alnico IV

PICKUP RINGS  Black plastic (satinised)
 

Fretwire, Neck dimensions, controls, hardware, pickups can all be specified

Optional extras
Bigsby tremolo £200
Schaller roller bridge £40
Multiple binding white/black/white/black/white body & headstock £150
Gold plated hardware £50