New b3s are coming in fast and hot! Next up? Quite possibly our favorite yet, and that's saying something given the caliber of guitars we've been getting from Gene Baker and crew - a hollowbody, spruce topped, SL Deluxe.
The core of the SL model's design is simple - take a Stratocaster and a Les Paul and combine the best bits into something new. Simple in theory, hard in practice (read: easy to get wrong). Fortunately for you and me, fellow guitar enthusiasts, Gene draws on his time at both the Gibson Custom Shop and the Fender Custom Shop to absolutely nail this idea.
The mahogany neck on this guitar is a highlight - it is incredibly easy to play and the profile feels like a cross between a great ES-335 and a 1960 Les Paul. Gene calls it a standard C and it measures .83" to .96" with 6105 frets.
Wired with a set of Lollar low-wind Imperial humbuckers and a two volume / two tone (push/pull coil taps) / 3-way setup, you can cover a wide range of tones, clean to fuzzed out. The Lollars are a great match to the mahogany body / spruce top and short scale length - the articulate and clear top end with the sweet low midrange and slightly rounded attack of the spruce are really addictive.
With its Strat-meets-Les Paul body, this SL Deluxe is just more comfortable to play than most Gibsons you're likely to encounter. Better balance, a tummy cut, effortless upper fret access...all while sounding and looking very much like an old Gibson. Such a cool experience to play!
Another stunning guitar from the good folks at b3 Guitars that delivers a new interpretation of the classics with remarkable results! Priced with hardshell case.