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 hand carved 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.

£4,050

£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.