What a tone and blimey it's so easy to play - that neck spec is absolute perfection, it almost plays itself. I absolutely love it!!
TIM MILLS - FOUNDER AND MD OF BARE KNUCKLE PICKUPS
J1'57 goldtop vs
The construction of carved maple top on a 1.75" deep solid mahogany body gives this guitar plenty of natural sustain and resonance. We are careful to select lighter mahogany to keep the guitar weight down to around 8lbs. The neck is beautifully shaped from one piece of quarter sawn mahogany, creating a comfortable and stable neck with a great feel. Rosewood is chosen for the fingerboard adding a warmth to the tone and each board is carefully selected for its rich, dark colour. The effect of sweat turning areas of the metallic gold top to green, is authentically reproduced before applying the multiple coats of cellulose lacquer. Only after polishing to high gloss, does the ageing process begin, crazing the lacquer and adding dings and wear just to the right places. The J1'57 Goldtop looks and feels every bit as good as it sounds.
All hardware is high quality and made in the US and includes a vintage-style Kluson tuneomatic bridge with a lightweight Kluson stop bar. The Grover deluxe tuners have a 14 to 1 gear ratio for fine tuning and smooth operation. The guitar is fitted with high quality CTS pots and a Switchcraft toggle switch. A 50’s wiring scheme is used in all our guitars as we have found that it minimises treble loss when rolling back the volume.
Bare Knuckle unpotted humbuckers are fitted as standard with a 'Mule' humbucker in the neck position for its outstanding clarity, extended dynamic range and unmistakable vintage character. A 'Riff Raff' pickup is selected in the bridge position for plenty of snap and a classic range of organic, clean and driven tones.
£3,550 without ageing
S P E C I F I C A T I O N S
BODY Solid mahogany, sound chambered option (1.75"/44mm)
TOP Book matched maple
NECK One piece mahogany
SCALE LENGTH 24.75''
FINGERBOARD 12'' radius, dark rosewood, slightly rolled edges
NUT 43mm Bone
BINDING Body: reveal maple Neck: maple
FRETS 22 Dunlop 6100 jumbo
MARKERS Mother of pearl Wave inlays
TRUSS ROD Adjustable double action
HEADSTOCK OVERLAY Ebony
LOGO Etched brass or gold wetslide
HARDWARE Nickel plated, aged
BRIDGE Kluson Tuneomatic with lightweight stopbar
TUNERS Grover Deluxe keystone
CONTROLS Volume and tone for each pickup, Switchcraft 3-way selector switch
CAPACITORS Jensen paper in oil .022 bridge .015 neck
FINISH 'Aged toned' nitrocellulose
COLOURS Metallic gold with areas of greening
CASE Hiscox hard shell
PICKUPS Bare Knuckle humbuckers, aged nickel covers
BRIDGE Riff Raff DC: 8.2 Magnet: Alnico V
NECK Mule DC: 7.3 Magnet: Alnico IV
PICKUP RINGS Cream, vintage correct heights
Fretwire, Neck dimensions, controls, pickups and degree of ageing can all be specified.