The Abbey Road series

The Abbey Road model is a guitar that I’ve been working towards for perhaps twenty years or so.

The inspiration for the Abbey Road guitar is Gibson’s 330 and Epiphone’s Casino, two quite similar guitars and two instruments that have always appealed to me for good reason.

Hollow-bodied guitars have always interested me and over many years I’ve had the pleasure of working on a number of Gibson 175s, 330s as well as 335s; I’ve repaired or worked on several Casinos and Sheratons and have done restoration work on several Gretsches.  Something that they all share is a similarity in construction – more acoustic than solid – and an inherent liveliness that solid bodied guitars just don’t have.

I decided many years ago that I wanted to develop my own version of these guitars and over the years I’ve built a number of arch-topped hollow bodies.

For a lot of years, a white smaller-bodied Hollow Body  (nicknamed the “White Turkey”) has been on my business cards, case stickers and the sign at the front of our house, because I really liked that guitar…

The challenge that I set myself was to produce a familiar looking instrument that was light, resonant and very playable. It may look like a 335 but it had to be much lighter and feel very comfortable on a strap or on your knee…

And it had to sound like 1964…

And as a result of all the agonising over the design, this is the guitar…

Specifications

*Fully hollow 4 ply pressed laminate top, back and sides, with white single ply binding, and fitted with a sound post directly under the bridge to control hollow body feedback.

*Laminated plantation-grown mahogany neck, joining the body at the 19th fret rather than the 15th of the 330 and the Casino, fitted with a single acting 5mm truss rod with Gibson style adjustment nut.

*25″ scale length, 12″ radius maccassar ebony fret board fitted with StewartMacDonald #149 fret wire, pearl position dots and 43mm wide at the bone nut.

*Grover Rotomatic machine heads with  18:1 tuning ratio.

*Gibson- style Tune-o-matic bridge, Gibson- style trapeze tailpiece.

*My recommended pickups for the Abbey Road are Mick Brierley’s “B90″ single coils with chrome covers.

(Other pickups are possible but the B90s just suit the Abbey Road so well…)

*Standard colours are three-colour sunburst, vivid transparent red and vivid transparent blue, but anything is possible…

*The Abbey Road is hand crafted one at a time to order and priced at $2995, depending on pickup choice, and including case.