2015 Gibson Les Paul Special Double Cutaway


Well, I certainly have a warm spot for the Double Cutaway Les Paul Specials… For me they were always very much a work horse guitar.. you know, the guitar you bring to rehearsals… and this is the 3rd one I have owned… My

first being a Hammer in the 80’s, the second (which I still have) is an Epiphone single P-90 version that I used as the base of the second HELLCAT and that is a beast! Having said that it spurred me to start to look at the

original Gibson Double Cutaway. Well, as you probably already know, the very cool vintage guitars are very expensive! Then I saw the new 2015 models and was intrigued. The features are many and the price was

reasonable. I purchased this Gorgeous Vintage Burst model…. I was first struck by the light weight and the wide, thin-tapered neck.. I replaced the G-Force tuning mechanizium as I am old school and try to keep it simple. I

also replaced the Pickups with a Set of Lindy Fralin P-90s with a Hum-cancelling P-90 in the bridge position and added a Bigsby Tremolo.

2015 Gibson Les Paul Special Double Cutaway

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Zero Fret Adjustable Nut (patent applied for) Brass: Added action adjustment

Two P–90 Lindy Fralin Soapbar Pickups: Hum Cancelling P-90 in Bridge Position and Standard P-90 in Neck Position

Mahogany Body:

Wider Slim Taper mahogany neck and rosewood fingerboard: Increased playing area with same string spacing

Comprehensive wood selection and grading: Rarest and finest materials for best instruments

Thicker Rosewood Fingerboard: Increased mass for sustain

Pearl Inlays: Better appearance and value

Smoother sanded, buffed and oiled fingerboard: Improved playability and feel

Comprehensive Setup (Lower Frets, Improved Plek, Intonation): Silky smooth action and bending, improved intonation

Grover Chrome 3 x 3 Machine Heads

Bigsby Tremolo:

Vintage Style over-sized Hi Fi knobs

New & Improved Neck Joint: Improved stability

Les Paul 100th birthday signature: Honoring a genius with a facsimile of his actual signature taken from a pickguard autographed by Les.

Les Paul Hologram: Authenticity and tribute

Gorgeous Vintage Burst finish: Smooth Hi Gloss 90 Sheen Laquer

New Hardshell Case:

Made in USA

TELE BASS (’72-74 Vintage Vault Finish)

TELE BASS (’72-74 Vintage Vault Finish)

Growing up in the 70’s and 80’s, the Telecaster Bass was always a Bass that I coveted. They were expensive and a bit off the beaten path but, still only just enough to make them highly desirable. I knew an older player who had one and I always loved to watch him play it. I was young and knew very little about these instruments, plus a guitar was barely affordable let alone a Bass. I secretly told myself that I would one day have one. That day has arrived. This is a brand new Telecaster Bass (72-74 Vintage Vault). The Body and Neck are from All Parts. The Hardware is all Original Fender Vintage Style with a period specific Serial No. on the neck plate. The Pickup is a Lindy Fralin Hum-Cancelling Single-Coil Split. This is a great pickup which retains the vintage tone and output of the original pickup only without the hum. The finish was done by one of the best in the business Scotty Huffman from The Guitar Tone Shop. I cannot say enough about Scotty’s work. He is extremely knowledgeable and very very talented. Just look at the pictures… they say it all.

This is a fantastic affordable Classic (Vintage Vault) Telecaster(ish) Bass. Someone is going to get a real Gem!

Model: Tele Bass (’72-74 Vintage Vault)

Brand New ’72-’74 Vintage Vault Telecaster Bass

Superb Blonde Vintage Vault Lacquer Finish

WD Maple Neck and Swamp Ash Body

Original Fender Vintage Style Hardware

Lindy Fralin Hum-Cancelling Split Single Coil Pickup

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Solid, Clear Lucite Telecaster Body with a WD Telecaster Neck, Chucky!!!  


The Guitar is not a light weight in any way…the Lucite body is solid and heavy… Great Sustain in this dense Guitar.  The pickups are Lindy Fralins… (I do not remember which ones they are, but if I have to guess I’d say they are the stock replacement pickups).. They are Clear, Present, and Giant Boost to this Monster.  The Neck is Relic’d but brand new as is the Body !!!


Model: Lucite Telecaster

Solid Clear Lucite Body

WD Chunky Neck

Lindy Fralin Pickups

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So what do we have hear?.. I posted this little gem a few months ago and am still getting requests for more information about this
great little custom guitar…

First, I must divulge that I have owned a few Rickenbacker 330’s in the past and am a huge Fan of these classic instruments…. but to continue, I set out to create a Rickenbacker influenced Guitar that solved what I saw to be major draw-backs in the original and to drag this classic guitar into modern times… The way this guitar turned out is really why I do this type of thing…  as with all of my custom guitars, they start with an idea for something I would like to play… and if I can’t find it.. I just go out and build it!

This guitar is one of the best I have had the pleasure to build…. Although, It was a process as the body and neck weren’t finalized until I had gone through two complete prototypes ..In the end it went from a CNC machined body to a hand carved body… I certainly had some help with the final body and it is heavily chambered and has a hand carved top. In section the body has an arched top with a flat back and a radius edge (see photos below) it is both ergonomic and very light weight. The neck is a Warmouth custom ordered neck with a ’59 Round-Back profile, 10 Inch Radius, Ebony Finger Board, a Bone Nut and Shark Fin Pearl Fret Markers.

The Bridge is an L.R. Baggs (That alone is a a major advance on the original) with a Piezo Pickup along with the Control X set-up (set up with a blend knob). For the other Pickups I spoke to Lindy Fralin and following his suggestion I had him wind me a set of one off, prototype Mini Humbuckers… I cannot say enough about these pups!.. He wound them specifically so they can both “Ring like Bell” and “Scream and Sqawk” when needed… This guitar can handle any sitiuation you find yourself in… be it rehersal, recording or just jamming.

I want to give credit where credit is due.. so I send a special thanks out to Kevin at One Eyed Jack Guitars and Tom for his early CNC work… and of coarse… Scotty at the “Guitar Tone Shop” for his awsome finish….
Simply put … This Guitar is…. EXCEPTIONAL!!!!

I will end it here, but before I go… I ‘ve added many photos including some construction photos … so take a look and enjoy…

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Gibson SG Custom Special


Model: Gibson SG Custom Special


Wonderful Custom Butter Scotch Finish

Well Balanced (Surprisingly not top Heavy)

3x Lindy Fralin “Pure PAF” Hand-Wound Humbuckers

6 Position Jimmy Page Toggle Switch

Hand Wired Vintage Electronics

Original Meistro Vibrato w/Gibson Tailpiece and Bridge

Cream ’61 WD Pickguard with Custom SG Tennon

Grover Machine Heads

WOW!!! What a Beauty!!!  You Know I pride myself on being able to spot diamonds in the rough especially when it comes to Guitars.  This Fantastic Gibson started life as a Standard 90’s Black SG…. Someone had attempted to refinish the guitar… It was a mess, but it played really well.  No headstock heavy SG here!  This is a Great Well-Balanced  instrument.  The multiple Upgrades include: 3x Matching Lindy Fralin Pure PAF Humbucker Pickups… (Turn this Baby up at it almost takes off!!! I believe these Lindy Fralins to be the Best Hand Wound PAF Pickups In The World!!!)6 position Jimmy Page toggle switch /Hand Wired Electronics / An Original Vintage Gibson Meistro Vibrato with Tail Piece.  Also a Cream ’61 Style Pick Guard and an impossible to get Custom SG Tennon Cover, as well as Grover Machine Heads, a Gibson Hard Shell Case,  a Schecter Style Strap locks and an Ernie Ball Strap.  


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Firebird BLUEBIRD (Non Reverse)




Paul McCartney was given a prototype Non-Reverse Firebird in the late 60’s.  The guitar was a unique lefty, but it also it had a number of features not present on any other contemporary model... This was the guitar he used through0ut the “McCartney” and “Ram” Lps.  The solo on “Maybe I’m Amazed” is this Firbird.   Brian Jones also had one of these and played it on Beggars Banquet… the sound is undeniable and completely identifiable.  What an Exceptional Sound!  I always liked those ’71 McCartney / Ram promo photos. I coveted the instrument.  Since I couldn’t find one to purchase… I decided to build one!  The first thing you will notice on this beauty is the Stunning Phthalo Blue Finish.  This is a very rare color indeed! (I never knew the color because all the Photos of this guitar are black and white).. and you simply cannot tell from the source images.  In the last few years it was finally accurately reported that this guitars’ color is in-fact Phthalo Blue.   It is a fairly Dark Blue.  Once I knew that…the build was On!

The Body and Neck are Mahogany.  The neck is Custom Made to Order by Warmouth with a 10″ Radius and 59 Round-back Profile. The Pickups are a full matching set of 3 Seymore Duncan Antiquity Mini-Humbuckers.  This Guitar also sports a Jimmy Page 6 position toggle switch.  It also has a Bigsby Tremolo.  It has a 4 bolt neck instead of an original set-neck.  The original Firebirds always had neck issues.  I have had a vintage Bird where the neck (at the headstock) snapped while sitting in it’s case..  I Solved this problem by using a much stronger and superior Bolt on Neck and what a Neck it is!!!  Other than the bolt on Neck and this being a Right Handed Non-Reverse version, it is a faithful reproduction of Paul McCartneys’ Iconic Bird right down to the prototype Bird logo on the faux anodized gold pick guard.   I love these Non Reverse Firebirds and I realize they are not for everybody but this Bird is special…it lacks many of the negative issues of the originals and it’s Style matches it’s Playability and Sound! 

This guitar not only looks like the original that inspired it… It is a Blues Monster!!! It really is a Special Guitar!!!  Check out the pix and join me in the admiration I have for this wonderful Unique Guitar!!!


Custom Phthalo Finish with faux Anodized Gold Pick Guard

Mahogany Body

Warmouth Made to Order Custom Mahogany Neck / 10″ Radius / 59 Roundback

Bigsby Tremolo

Tune-O-Matic Adjustable Bridge

Jimmy Page 6 Position Toggle Switch

3 x Seymore Duncan Antiquity Mini Humbuckers (Matched Set)

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Fender jazz-Jag-Tele

Today I have a real treat for you all… these are some more Fenders… or are they? You could say these are all kind of like

out-takes… and really Phenominal Out-Takes at that!!!

Here you find three Telemasters (last weeks Beast is included), also a Jazz Master with a Stratocaster Tremolo, and a

one -off Mustang-Strat-Tele Hybrid…and a Super Beefed Up Competition Mustang.. all feature Top-Notch Bodies, necks,

hardware and Pups (mostly, if not all Various Fralins) and Fantatstic Finishes.

Intrigued?… well you will find all of these, including many many more in my On-Line Store….. So come on in and check em out…

Thanks again… C U There..


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Hillbilly Telemaster

Hillbilly Telemaster Custom

This is anotherf member of my Hillbilly collection.. These are Guitars and Basses with a Vibe that just screams ROCK!!!  No offense to those of you who are actual Hillbillies…Hell!, I’ve got some Arkansas ‘billy in me too.  Anyway,  in this case,  it is a term of endearment!… This is a 100%  Monster TELEMASTER outfitted to take no prisoners…As you can see, a Telemaster is a Jazzmaster Body with a Telecaster Neck, inthis case wired as a Telecastert. This guy is outstanding!.. It has a Custom body from Warmouth and a Fender Made in the USA Telecaster Maple Neck. The Pickups are real winners too with a hand-wound Lindy Fralin Blues Special in the Neck position and a Fralin Pure PAF in the bridge position fitted into a Custom Stainless Steel Bridge.. A 3 position Blade Switch controls the pickups and NOS Closet Classic Fender “F Cap” Machine Heads as well as a WD custom Pick Guard.

Check out this Fantastic Guitar as it sports a Fantastic One-Off Closet Classic Blonde finish and mild relic treatment applied to the entire guitar. Look at the Pictures!!!! Its Georgous!!!

Features Include:

One Off Closet Classic Blonde Finish

Ash Warmouth Custom Body

Fender Made in U.S.A. Telecaster Maple Neck

Vintage (NOS) 70’s Fender ”F Cap” tuners

Custom Stainless Steel Telecaster Humbucker Adjustable Bridge

Lindy Fralin Blues Special Tele pup in the Neck Position

Lindy Fralin Pure PAF Humbucker in the Bridge Position

3 Position Blade Switch

WD Custom Pick Guard

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Heaven and Hell

Heaven and Hell


In the old days we called these Vintage White, Maple Neck with White Pick Guard Telecasters “The Princess”.  Although, these Gorgeous, Classic Telecasters were certainly fantastic guitars, they were never like this one.. This beauty, sports Wonderful Custom Birds-Eye Maple Musikraft Neck.  This is truly a huge upgrade to this guitar and makes this one of those unforgettable guitars that legends are made from.  Musikraft Necks are USA Custom Hand-Made to order boutique necks of the highest quality.  Medium C Neck Profile and all original Fender Hardware and Body…  Check-out the pictures!

You can call this an Ultra-Telecaster!!! or a Super-Princess!!!  It really doesn’t matter… just know this..the Tele is simply PERFECT!!!

Model: Fender Telecaster (The Princess) USA

Solid Alder Body

Polyurethane Finish / Blonde 

Bolt-On Custom Birds-Eye Maple Neck / Fingerboard

9.5 Fretboard Radius

21 Medium Jumbo frets

2 Single Coil Pickups

3 Position Blade Pickup Switching

6 Sadle top- load / String-Thru body Bridge

Chrome Hardware

Classic Kluson Tuners

3 Ply (White Black White) Pick Guard

Made in the U.S.A

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This is Part of my Hillbilly Collection.. These are Very Kool /Bad Ass Guitars and Basses.  No offense to those of you who are actual Hillbillies…Hell!,  I’ve got some “Billy” in me too.  In this case it’s a Compliment!  Anyway… This was the 1st one I did of the set.  Very Kool, Very Playable, Tons of Tone, and sounds Killer!!!”  The Finish was done by Ed Webster of  Webster Designs He is a great guy and a “True Renaissance Man” I often wonder “what can’t he do?”  Needless to say, he has bailed me out of many a sticky situation.  If you check out his site you will see that amongst many other  things he’s mainly a Motorcycle artist, and is extremely Talented and helpful in way too many ways.  Meticulous to a fault!  I can not thank him enough!  Back to this Great Telecaster…  It sports a Fender Made In Japan (MIJ) Maple Med C / Rosewood Fretboard Telecaster Neck… Classic Chrome Kluson tuners and Hardware, with Custom, Red Tipped Control Knobs and High-End Boutique Telecaster Standard Pickups. Not sure which model they are exactly, but they are Lindy Fralins. OH-YEAH, did I already mention the STUNNING CUSTOM FINISH?…. I originally sketched these Flames on the original mockup and Ed Improved them.. We then designed a High Gloss Black to Red Sparkle Gradation with Hand painted Yellow Pin Stripping all on a Satin Natural Finish.  The Headstock was treated with a similar light gradation fade.  You have to see this!!!

This is a ONE-OFF Custom Telecaster.   It SINGS, it HOWLS and GROWLS and if you  Treat Her Just Right, She’s as SLINKY AS ICE!!!  … What  a Wonderful Guitar and one of my Personal favorites!

Model: Flame-Caster Custom 1/1

Custom Polyurethane One-Off Finish / hand Pin-stripping / Matching Headstock

Fender (MIJ) Maple / Rosewood Fingerboard Telecaster Neck

Medium C Profile

High-end Upgraded Boutique Pickups (Lindy Fralin)

Classic Chrome  Kluson Machine Heads and Hardware

Custom Red Tipped Control Knobs

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Here at Classic Tone Guitars, I’d  like to think that I can use my site as a repository for new items, new designs, and thoughts.. Continuing with this theme… Here are two new products that I want to introduce to you… I find this part of the process the most fun… This is the design and gathering phase… here I draw a mockup of the guitar I am thinking of doing (you might have noticed the various mockups in my site)  this allows me to hash out all the details.. and you would be surprised how close the mockups look to the finished product many times they are done up to a year before the actual guitar is even started … I also am amassing the parts I need if I do not already have them…and I also begin to talk to my  guys who will end up helping with things that I may not be able to do myself (the metal plates being a good example of this)…. then I make sure I can pay for all of this.. Many times cost is the only reason the Guitar is not built yet… In fact I have two or three other guitars sitting in cases in pieces.. waiting for the cash to finish it or the right paint to become available… etc.  For example I have a new three pickup “Rodeo” and a new “SRF” waiting in caases… with all the parts needed… in these two cases I am only waiting for one piece…..

So…. Here you go…. Enjoy!

Thank you ,


A 2015 Gibson Les Paul Special Double Cutaway / Vintage Burst with  that Classic Tone Guitar Vibe! ..

Lindy Fralin Hum-Cancelling P-90 in the Bridge and and a Standard Fralin P-90 in the Neck Position… Large Vintage Style Audio HI Fi Volume (Push-Pull ) and Tone knobs…8-Ball Truss Rod Cover and Grover Tuners and a Bigsby Vibrato.

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…a Brand New HELLCAT … the HELLCAT II

Begining Life as an Epiphone Junior Double Cutaway which is rare enough in itself, this little beast will sport an upgraded set of Grover Tuners, a Single Lindy Fralin P-90 Dog Ear Pickup, a Meistro Vibrato, and large Vintage Style Audio Hi Fi Knobs.

Not to mention the Hand tooled metal work…. all add up to a wonderful axe.

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…The SRF Great White!

This is to be a new SRF model… with out the Carved Top.. I have all the parts for this one, just waiting for the proper paint and the desire to actually do it… If any of you are interested in this guitar.. let me know and maybe we can work something out…

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and Finally….. The “Rodeo Royal Crown”.. this is the second model that sports a fantastic bound Mahogany Warmouth neck, three Antiquity Mini-Humbuckers and a Bigsby Vibrato.  the Body will also be bound…. I still need to do the body which is no easy feat and I am still figuring out all of the details… I mean it’s a bound carved top semi hollow body… there is much to be considered on this…

Once again, if anyone out there is interested in this guitar, let me know and maybe I can bump it’s completion up….

Rodeo Royal Crown      Ric II parts