I was really excited to reveal the prototypes for the Conspiracy Series last week at the NAMM show in Anaheim, CA. "What's the Conspiracy Series?" you ask? Why, it's the production line of guitars from yours truly!
Made in South Korea by World Musical Instruments (same factory that produces Schecter, LTD, PRS SE, and many others), the Conspiracy Series gives me the ability to offer Sullys at less than half of the cost of a custom. The great thing about it is that they share some features with the custom, hand made guitars you're used to seeing from me (stainless steel frets, compound radius fretboards, premium hardware), but there are a few things I can do in the Conspiracy Series that would be cost prohibitive if offered as a custom (the combination of matte and gloss black in the paint job of the '71 SD, for example). The neck shapes are very Sully, the guitars feel solid, and all of the prototypes were acoustically loud and resonant. That's always been the main goal for me; if it rings before you plug it in, that's a good thing.
While I was working on the idea of the Conspiracy Series on and off through 2017, I wanted to give the guitars in the series their own identity and style. For example, the Stardust has the 3/3 Aero headstock (which I've always thought was the best headstock for that model) instead of the Raven headstock that you've mostly seen with the Stardust, and it also has a forearm contour (all of the customs have a flat top and binding). Small changes, yes, but things that give them their own style.
The '71 Starling is based on the very first '71 I built; it's got a flat top and a forearm bevel that accentuates the shape of the body quite nicely. I also removed the wraparound bridge that is most commonly associated with the '71 and I think that the Hipshot hardtail bridge suits it very well.
The first three guitars in the series are the aforementioned Stardust, the '71 Starling, and the '71 SD, which is the Stevie D signature model. Pricing starts at $1099 for the Stardust, the '71 Starling is $1199, and the '71 SD starts at $1249. Additional fan packages that contain extras like signed guitars, VIP Meet and Greets at Buckcherry/Josh Todd and the Conflict shows, and more.
The guitars are absolutely killer, and I'm proud to have my name on them. I think you'll dig 'em, too.