The 2016 Tribute Series
Over the years, I've wanted to build some guitars as tributes to the guitar players whom I've held near and dear. That idea in itself is easy enough, but I didn't want to just make a copy of something - that'd be boring - I wanted to blend the idea in with the guitars that I build. A very Sully spin, if you will.
I'm really excited to share this project with you; the first of a series of guitars to be built annually with only five guitars to be built in this initial batch. While these guitars will come with some great extras and case candy (more on that later), I'm ELATED to announce that they will be painted by the man who painted Randy's original white prototype v!
Construction: Set neck
Body/neck wood: Mahogany body and neck included. Lightweight Spanish Cedar body and neck available (+$150) For those unfamiliar with Spanish Cedar, it's tonally similar to mahogany but with a bit more snap. It's also lighter in weight than Mahogany, so it's got that going for it; which is nice.
Fretboard wood: Ebony
Inlay: Hollow blocks
Frets: Your choice of medium or jumbo stainless steel
Fretboard radius: 12-16 compound radius
Binding: White (around fretboard only)
Tuners: Hipshot locking
Pickups: Habanero "secret menu" humbucker in the bridge, Habanero classic humbucker in neck (Habanero Guitar Parts pickups are a subsidiary of GJ2 Guitars by Grover Jackson)
Controls: Your choice of Volume/Volume/3 way toggle or Volume/Tone/3 way toggle
Bridge: NOS Charvel style six screw tremolo with noiseless springs or Floyd Rose tremolo with upgrades from FU-Tone (+$250)
Hardware color: Brass (where available)
Finish: Blizzard White with pinstripes and matching headstock in black/blue pearl (fun fact: the original white prototype V didn't have black stripes or a black headstock! It was black with blue pearl mixed in). The guitar will have a gloss urethane topcoat; if you prefer a satin feel on the neck, you can choose that option (+$150).
I generally start necks out around .810 at the 3rd fret with a slight taper up to the 12th fret. By default, my neck shapes seem to be somewhat Jackson-ish, but if you prefer something a little thicker (or thinner), just let me know. After your deposit is paid, we'll confirm your specs and you'll get a copy of that before the work starts.
By default, all Sully guitars come with stainless steel frets. They feel wonderful and maintain a very fast, slinky feel. They also last much longer than traditional nickel fretwire. I use Jescar fretwire because it's wonderful.
All Sully guitars come stock with Habanero pickups in either their Classic, Spicy (bridge position only), or an unofficial model I call the "Secret menu" pickup. They're hand wound in Grover Jackson's shop in California. Don't let the Habanero name fool you; the Classic is a medium output humbucker (about 8k resistance) that's voiced fantastically. They're very responsive, can handle hard rock/metal while maintaining clarity, and they clean up quite nicely. Their Classic neck pickup does what a neck pickup should, but it doesn't get overly warm. They're a little crisper and depending on your amp, you can get close to some P90esque characteristics. It's easily the best neck pickup I've ever heard. The "Secret menu" humbucker is wound to a 12k resistance, which puts it between the Classic and the Spicy (wound to 16-17k resistance). It's a little hotter, but the Alnico 5 magnet keeps it from getting harsh. The Spicy is a flamethrower, for sure, but still maintains clarity and an even voice.
I've got some ideas for some seriously cool case candy/extras, but for now, I'll share that each guitar will come with a photo album made by yours truly documenting the construction process as well as a run specific serial number that buyers will have the option to reserve for future runs. The serial numbers will be assigned in order of purchase, so that that means if you're the first to order, you start out with JS-2016-1 as your serial number. You have the opportunity to secure your serial number in advance for the next run for an additional, fully refundable $250. Buyers will be able to follow along with the build progress in a Facebook group reserved only for participants in the run.
A deposit of $500 is all you need to reserve your guitar. Your deposit is fully refundable for 7 days (minus any applicable transaction fees). Should you choose to cancel after 7 days, your deposit will not be refunded; however, it can be used as credit towards anything else Sully Guitars related (custom orders, classes). After the deposit is received, the remaining balance will be divided into 4 equal payments to be due once the neck is built, once the body is built and the neck is glued in, once the paint process is complete, and finally, when the guitar is ready to ship. I regretfully cannot accept kidneys or first born children as payments, no matter how well they can sand or scrape binding. The guitars are expected to have a six to eight month turnaround time.