B&G Step Sister Private Build Koa Solidbody


"We wanted to create an instrument that would be versatile enough for players who use a pick, and for players who are finger stylists. It needed to be superior in terms of playability, and it had to be gimmick free. It had to be lightweight, comfortable and unique." -Avi @ B&G Guitars

B&G guitars is pulling zero punches with this stunning Koa Private Build Step Sister! Built for players who love the look of exotic woods, this Koa Step Sister isn't just a pretty face. These guitars were designed to cover a wide range of genres in addition to looking great. Let's dig in...

B&G's Step Sister model has a lot in common with their well-known Little Sister model, but there are a few meaningful differences you should be aware of - a slightly shortened body shape, 16th fret neck joint (vs 14th on the Little Sister), solid headstock (vs slotted), 22 frets (vs 20), and in this case, solid-body construction.

The attention to detail and build quality are extremely high, and obvious from the moment you take the guitar out of its case. The one-piece, chambered African Mahogany body hosts a solid maple blank that is recessed to host a 2mm Koa overlay which "sinks" into the top, leaving just enough maple on the outer edges for a natural binding effect (which also extends to the F-holes!).

In hand, the smaller stature of the Step Sister feels great for both seated and standing playing sessions. We're loving the solid-body construction and the added punch and sustain it brings to the already fantastic Step Sister concept. The neck has a chunky feel much like a late 50s Gibson (though the B&G is a touch more manageable). The setup is fantastic and really easy to play on. This is a very resonant and alive feeling guitar with excellent sustain.

Plugged in, B&G's own "Kikbuckers" sound fantastic. Single coils tones without any buzzing - what's not to love? Think articulate, chimey, P-90-esq clean and overdriven tones that aren't lacking for heft and muscle. The intended concept of creating a versatile instrument is evident here - you really can cover a wide range of genres with ease. 

If you haven't had a chance to play a B&G guitar yet, we think you'll be equally impressed - these guitars are the real deal and as good as anything we've played. Priced with B&G hardshell case. 

  • One-piece African Mahogany Body, solid
  • Koa and Maple Top 
  • Honduran mahogany neck
  • B&G Soft V / Custom neck shape, .89" @ 1st - .98" @ 12th
  • Pau Ferro fingerboard
  • Koa headstock veneer w/maple binding
  • Full Brass B&G Tailpiece, lacquered 
  • Brass pickguard (included in the case, not installed)
  • Gotoh tuners
  • 1.68" Nut Width 
  • 24 3/4" Scale Length
  • 12" Radius 
  • 16th fret neck joint
  • 22 frets
  • B&G hand wound Kikbuckers, CTS 500K pots, 3-way switch
  • Weight: 7lbs 9oz

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Exclusions: Certain products are excluded from our free shipping offer due to manufacturer restrictions. Also, oversized items or large amplifiers weighing more than 75 lbs may incur extra shipping charges.

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