A one-of-a-kind guitar with unique features, it was built in the workshop of 15-year luthier Jay Dickinson. The first padauk acoustic electric made in a series, this guitar was built with playability in mind. The edges are rounded throughout to give a softness that is easy to wrap your arms around. Lightweight and small at 9 lbs, it causes less potential for pain in the shoulder.
Despite the size it has a huge tonal range. The hollow body gives a high-frequency acoustic sound that is easy to hear when not plugged in. Two CTS volume and tone knobs control two Golden Age humbucker pickups that can be split to a single coil. The humbucker tone is like vintage ‘60s pickups.
A wood bridge gives the acoustic sound a crispness and acoustic guitar aesthetic. The saddle is not a regular compensated saddle. The intonation can be adjusted individually at each string with a little push, instead of the need to turn a screw as in other bridges. It is possible to achieve perfect compensation in this manner. Play in tune all the way up the fretboard.
The neck profile is a rounded D-shape with a flatter top. It is thick. A floating fingerboard allows for easier access to the high frets. An innovative cantilever neck allows the player to adjust the action at the 12th fret. A key can be inserted into the heel stock and with a small twist the neck angle changes.
This is a hand-built instrument. As such it has handmade imperfections. We try our best to eliminate every defect that we find, but some cannot be fixed or hidden. It is the nature of the craft and gives the guitar part of its soul
This guitar is one of the first in development in its line. It’s more of a prototype than others. The neck joint isn’t tight. It has been sitting around the shop, so it’s accrued some dings, as pictured. The price is low for a luthier crafted instrument, reflecting these flaws. Despite this, it’s a great guitar with a beautiful look, feel, features and tone.
Neck Joint: Three point adjustable bolt on neck
Nut: Radiused bone nut
Bridge: Adjustable Intonation split saddle
Action at 12th fret: 0.1”--Adjustable
Headstock Logo: Rose
Finish: Natural with high gloss water borne poly urethane
Weight: 9 lbs
Tuning machines: Gold Gotoh 510
Neck: Khaya Mahogany
Fingerboard: Indian rosewood
Bridge pins: Ebony with mother of pearl
Bridge material: Ebony
Fingerboard width at nut: 1.68”
Fingerboard width at neck joint fret: 2-1/4''
Nominal scale length: 25.4''
Adjustable scale length: 25.4”-25.9”
Number of frets clear to the body: 14
Number of frets total: 24
Neck radius: 16”
Two Golden Age Humbucker Pickups Alnico 5 magnets
CTS Volume and Tone knobs
Split the coil to a single by pulling a knob