Given his experience as a Senior Master Builder at the Fender Custom Shop + his time at Gibson's Custom Shop, b3's Gene Baker has a tremendously deep well to draw from with his designs, and this killer Phoenix V model is the perfect encapsulation of his experience and knowledge.
Designed to be a Firebird dressed up in more comfortable Telecaster clothing, the Phoenix V is a powerhouse of player-centric design. From the super comfy Standard C (.83"-.96") neck carve to the fast neck-through heel construction, to the gorgeous sounding Lollar pickups (Special T and Firebird) with a versatile wiring scheme (volume, tone - push/pull, 5-way), to the rock solid hardware and beautiful finish work, it's all well thought out and executed.
It'd be a mistake to say this is "just" a Tele-style build though - it's got its own (familiar) feel and truly melds all the best parts of each guitar (Firebird/Tele) into something new, very inspiring, and just plain cool.
If you're in the market for a high-performance, modern leaning guitar that's still got vintage vibe, feel, tone, and attitude? Look no further, you've found your next guitar. Priced with hardshell case.
- Korina body and neck
- Faded Dark Cherry Burst, lightly aged
- Rosewood fingerboard
- Standard C Carve - .83"-.96"
- Cream binding
- 25 1/2" scale length
- 12" Radius
- 6105 frets, 22
- 1.687" nut width
- Lollar Special T (bridge), Lollar Firebird (middle / neck)
- Volume, Tone (push/pull), 5-way
- Lightly Aged Nickel hardware
- Ebony headstock overlay w/yellow moto b3 logo
- Dunlop straplocks
- Grover Rotomatic Tuners
- Strung with 10's
- G&G Hardshell Case
- SN 22 016
- 7lbs 4oz