Johan Gustavsson of Sweden makes some of the finest electric guitars currently being built by anyone and the Bluesmaster S offered here is an example of his genius. If you love the tone of a Collings I-35 or ES-335, then you will adore the sound of this instrument. If you love the thick tone of a Les Paul, but can't deal with the weight, you are also likely to adore this guitar.
The Bluesmaster S is Yohan's version of a semi-hollow Les Paul-style guitar. Like an LP, it has a Mahogany back and a flame Maple top. It is a very light instrument and this example weighs just 6.8 pounds. This guitar is finished in Vintage Cherry nitrocellulose lacquer with creme colored Royalite binding. The Mahogany neck has a long joint tenon and the shape feels like it came right off of a '59 LP with depth measurements of .875" at the first fret increasing to .960" at the twelfth fret. The truss rod is a dual action compression unit with no sheathing. The fretboard is made of dark Brazilian Rosewood and has a 12" radius, medium frets and a 1.685" bone nut. The tuners are Kluson Deluxe Keystones and the bridge is a intonateable wrap-around unit by Gustavsson. The electronics include fabulous Throbaks SLE's with aged covers, master volume control, master tone control and a three-way toggle switch.
This guitar sounds incredible to my ear and it plays even better. Very few guitars approach the build quality, feel and tone of a Gustavsson instrument and I would argue that his semi-hollow guitars are even better than his incredible solid body models. While it doesn't do this guitar justice, please check out the brief sound sample provided. Even better, check out the video of this guitar being played by it's original owner. Few instruments sound better or play better than this Gustavsson.
This guitar has been played but remains in excellent condition except for a few minor cosmetic issues. At some point it sat in a guitar stand that reacted with it's lacquer finish. As shown in the photos provided, there are small spots of "nitro burn" on the lower bout binding and one spot on the treble side of the back of the neck where the guitar came in contact with the stand. You don't feel the neck flaw when playing and the body flaws are hard to see or feel unless you are looking closely. Also, there is a bit of oxidation in the metal bridge where the original owner's hand frequently laid during play. The guitar's pricing has been reduced substantially to reflect these cosmetic-only issues. It ships in a blonde G&G LP-style case in excellent condition, along with the original paperwork, including the CITES certificate for the Brazilian Rosewood fretboard.
I can't imagine a better instrument for the player who can't decide between an LP or a 335-style instrument, or someone who is simply looking for one of the finest semi-hollow instruments available on planet Earth, particularly under $10K shipped to CONUS buyers. An amazing instrument for the player who requires the very best.....
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