"As much as I enjoy making a "traditional" instrument out of the finest "tonewoods", I also love making instruments which push the boundaries and open new possibilities to musicians willing to explore and expand the scope of their music. The influences manifested in the Totemguitar line, to date close to 400 instruments, go back to Dada, Surrealism, collage and assemblage art, Pop art, and sometimes a more conceptual approach, along with the occasional dose of pure kitsch." - Michael Spalt

Thrilled to have a Spalt Totem guitar in the shop from our friend and brilliant guitar maker, Michael Spalt. Michael has worked for many, many years to develop an acoustically transparent resin for his guitar tops, which allows him to stretch his creative muscle by treating each guitar as a blank canvas - quite literally. Found objects, various cuts of wood, and other objects are suspended in the clear resin, creating stunning works of art.

Michael's guitars always feel very warm and inviting in-hand. Though modern in approach visually, his builds are far from strident or clinical - just the opposite. The necks are slightly chunky with a super smooth finish and excellent fret work, and the contoured satin finished mahogany body creates a broken-in feel that makes this guitar immediately feel like an old friend.

Sonically, this guitar has a beautiful, articulate top-end crossed with the warmth and punch of its Honduran mahogany body and is super resonant and lively. The excellent sounding Fralin P-92 pickups add P90 midrange fatness to the mix - these aren't traditional humbuckers though they are in size/shape. They're closer in tone to say, a single coil crossed with a P90. 

Condition: Excellent, light signs of prior ownership. 

Don't be fooled into thinking these guitars are about looks only. Michael is a brilliant builder who's guitars are as resonant, alive, and soulful as anything we carry. Priced with hardshell case. 


  • Body: Mahogany
  • Neck: Flame Maple
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Scale: 25 1/2″
  • Frets: 6150
  • Bridge: Compensated Wraparound
  • Tuners: Gotoh Vintage
  • Strap Buttons: Recessed Straplocks
  • Pickups: Fralin P-92 Set
  • Electronics: Volume, Tone, 3-Way Toggle
  • Hardshell case
  • 7lbs 13oz

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