Nixon Firebird II Claro Walnut
Here's something a little different. Jon Nixon is normally a maker of very fine acoustic instruments but has turned his attention to this extraordinary and decidedly badass Firebird-inspired solid walnut solid body. This guitar is just so cool, I don't want to put it down when I play it.
From the builder's cut-sheet........
Body is one piece “chocolate marble cake” Claro walnut that has been in Luthier Jon Nixon’s collection for over two decades.
Neck is 5A quartersawn flamed maple Fingerboard is ebony with period correct frets and classic Gibson binding “nibs”. Genuine pearl inlays- not plastic.
Pickups are twin coil, custom made for this project by Fabian D'urbano of Mr Fabulous Guitars in Australia. They approximate single coil sound with the benefits of humbucking design. You have to hear them to appreciate what they can do.
Selector switch is a 6-way Freeway Toggle for ultimate flexibility in pickup selection.
Bridge is a high end solid brass Schaller Signum - the best Schaller has to offer.
Tuners are gold Steinberger gearless.
This is an amazing guitar of the sort that grows into being a part of the family and gets passed down. Crafted by an extremely talented local luthier who is represented solely by The Fret Shop. A fabulous sounding and playing guitar by this unusually gifted luthier. I have sold many of this builder's guitars and indeed own a few myself, and all of them have been outstanding to remarkable.
VA state residents must pay 5.3% sales tax.