Jon's take on my vintage favourites.... late fifties Les Paul Junior and mid-fifties Les Paul Black Beauty, re-interpreted and re-mastered to satisfy my jumbled guitar lust! A truly remarkable guitar
J1 Special vs
The combination of a carved, one piece, 2.25" deep mahogany body and one piece mahogany neck, makes the J1 Special an extremely resonant guitar with plenty of natural sustain. We are careful to select lighter mahogany to keep the guitar weight down to around 8lbs. Rosewood is chosen for the fingerboard adding a warmth to the tone and each board is carefully selected for its rich, dark colour. A nice detail of this guitar is the formed tortoise shell pickguard that follows the contours of the hand carved top.
All hardware is high quality, nickel plated and made in the US. The lightweight Pigtail wraparound bridge/stopbar is fully adjustable giving perfect intonation and the Grover deluxe tuners have a 14 to 1 gear ratio for fine tuning. 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.
The Bare Knuckle single coil P90 pickups come as standard and combine the best tonal elements of both humbuckers and single coils. The wide, squat coil creates a fatter tone compared to a Strat or Tele, while the twin magnet design lends all the power of a humbucker. High notes can really sing and when played through a slightly driven tube amp, wonderful harmonic feedback is possible.
£3,450 without ageing
S P E C I F I C A T I O N
BODY & TOP Carved top, one piece solid mahogany (2.25"/57mm)
NECK One piece mahogany, quarter sawn
SCALE LENGTH 24.75''
FINGERBOARD 12'' radius, dark rosewood
NUT 43mm Bone
BINDING Neck: flame 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 Pigtail wraparound fully adjustable stop bar
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
KNOBS Amber top hat
FINISH 'Aged toned' nitrocellulose
COLOURS Faded Cherry red, faded TV yellow
CASE Hiscox hard shell
PICKUPS Bare Knuckle 'Nantucket 90' P90s, aged
BRIDGE DC: 7.9 Magnet: Alnico V
NECK DC: 7.1 Magnet: Alnico V
Fretwire, Neck dimensions, controls, pickups and degree of ageing can all be specified