NAMM 2017 recap

Well, NAMM 2017 is in the books, and I had an absolute blast meeting with many of you and getting Sully guitars in the hands of players. Like last year, my dear friend Perry Ormsby of Ormsby Guitars and I shared a booth. Unlike last year, the Ormsby staff (Jett, Sophia, and Matt) joined us, as well as The Guitar Strap Co! The response was really positive, and I'm very grateful to everyone who stopped by the booth to say hi.

If you missed the show or weren't able to stop by, here's a little video I did with Matt at Texas Toast Guitars, as well as a photo gallery to help you feel like you were there.


Looking forward to a busy 2017; I've got some stuff up my sawdust filled sleeve, so stay tuned, kids!

New model alert: The Stardust

2016 has been a year of new models for Sully Guitars; the Raven has been redesigned, the Revolution will be revealed soon, and today's topic, the release of the Stardust.

The idea was to take the silhouette of the '71 and see what else could be done with it. I wanted to incorporate some retro-futuristic style, but I didn't want to lose the "pointy" aesthetic; for it to be a success, it would have to fit in with the other models, yet stand on its own. 

Oh, and I wanted it to look like something that Bowie would have played. 

The Stardust is 25.5 scale, features bolt on construction, your choice of the Aero or Raven headstocks (in regular or reversed orientation), slash or block outline inlays, stainless steel frets, with or without a pickguard, and your choice of Hipshot hardtail, two point tremelo, or Floyd Rose locking tremolo. It's available as a 7 string or baritone, and as with all Sully Guitars, no Bigsbys.

Pricing for the Stardust begins at $2350, but to celebrate its launch, I'm offering an early adopter discount; the introductory base price is $2150 for orders placed through the end of 2016!




Stardust with rosewood fretboard, hollow block inlays, dual humbuckers, and a hipshot hardtail bridge.

Sully Guitars collaboration with legendary Grover Jackson

It's with massive amounts of excitement that I announce a collaboration with the one and only Grover Jackson. This summer, Grover and I will be building a batch of the Sully Guitars flagship model, the '71 Trella, which will be available to select dealers in the US and Australia. There will be some figured tops, some solid colors, and some pretty unique finishes that I'm sure you'll dig. 

The guitars are expected to be complete in mid/late September and will be available via Red Dragon Guitars, Boxcar Guitars, and The Guitar Sanctuary in the US, and at Tone Town Music and Hawkes Customs (link coming soon) in Australia. 

Here's a photo of Grover and I with the first '71 Trella prototype as well as a very early '71 Limited that we'll be using as a reference for the backshape of the neck. The last image is a basic rendering of the guitar with the updated specs (hollow block inlays and an added tone knob)

I'll be visiting Grover's shop in southern California in a few days and we'll get the ball rolling! Stay tuned for more updates about this rather exciting time!




Been quite some time since I sent up an update, so here goes!

 The purple catfish and white 624 are closer to completion and the next batch of updates will focus on them. The Catfish body needs to be sanded and buffed, and the headstock is about to be sprayed. Then it's frets and assembly. The white 624 needs a bit of buffing and then assembly; although I added some detail to the stinger on the back of the headstock as you can see below.

Once those are complete, the natural mahogany 624 will be the next one completed - the frets have been installed (but need to be dressed), and the body has been receiving some light coats of Tru-oil. The backshape of the neck will be dialed in, and then it's assembly time.

 The first of the '71 prototypes is ready for finishing and assembly; it'll go to Mike Learn for that. The plan is just to have clear gloss on the body, black on the face of the headstock (maybe a dark trans black, we'll see).

 A second '71 prototype body has been started - mahogany + flame maple top. Current plan is a 2 humbucker setup, nickel wraparound bridge. My initial finishing idea is a deep trans red on the face of the body, with oiled back and sides, but we'll see. Haven't finalized neck specs yet, but will letcha know once I do.

 Since I had some miscellaneous bodies and necks sitting around, I decided to slap this '92 together. Poplar body, maple neck, rosewood fretboard with a 25" scale. As usual, the frets are stainless steel. Pickup should be a Seymour Duncan P-Rails so that I can get true humbucker, P90, and single coil tones from one guitar. My initial color idea will be a light blue (in the neighborhood of sonic blue), nickel or chrome hardware and a checkerboard pickguard. This one may be up for grabs, but its completion is on the back burner, as there are other priorities.

 Been itching to get the purple angel step maple topped Catfish clear coated, which will happen soon, so stay tuned on that.

 Also trying out some new inlay ideas that you'll see in the future, but one of them incorporates the six point star found on the Chicago flag. A second Chicago Raven will be made (with an Aero headstock), and the customer and I decided to incorporate the motif into the fretboard. Should be neat!


 Alongside of that, Mrs Sully and I went to the Dallas Guitar Show in April and had the pleasure of meeting Frank Falbo of Falbo guitars (and inventor of the Seymour Duncan P-Rail pickup), what a nice guy! I had a nice time catching up with some friends, and checking out some neat guitars, like this Zora from GJ2 guitars. Also caught Tom Keifer on his solo tour at Trees in Dallas, which was a GREAT show!

 And if all of that wasn't enough, I got to spend some time with my Aussie brother, Perry Ormsby of Ormsby Guitars while he was visiting the states. He was great enough to come to Dallas for a few days and we had a great time, for sure. He brought me a set of his Nunchucker and De la Creme pickups for me to enjoy. I plan to put then in one of the '71 prototypes and am really looking forward to checking them out.

 Finally, I've been kicking around the idea of offering guitar building courses, so stay tuned for more info on that develops!


Mornin' kids!

I woke up early today and roughed in some body contours on the 71 proto before heading to the office. Definitely a great way to start one's day.

Seems like an apropriate song!

Dust masks are important. As is decorating said dust mask. Also, I love my microplanes!

Roughed in the forearm bevel

Roughed in the cutaway contour and the lap contour

Here's how it is now; clearly a lot more work to do, but it's time to hop in the shower and go to work.



Some progress on the '71

Since it’s been too cold to shoot the remaining clear coats on some guitars that are almost done, I did some work on a couple of necks for the ’71 prototypes; nothing too major, just shaping the blanks, routing the truss rod channel, then adding the fretboard to one of them. The one without a fretboard will have a headstock veneer, so I need to get that on before moving further. So here ya go.