Another stunning guitar from our good friends at b3 Guitars that delivers a new interpretation of the classics with remarkable results.
Why We Love This
The core of the b3 Guitar's SL design is simple - take a Stratocaster and a Les Paul and combine the best bits into something new. Simple in theory, hard in practice. Fortunately for you and me, fellow guitar enthusiasts, master luthier Gene Baker draws on his time at both the Gibson Custom Shop and the Fender Custom Shop to absolutely nail this idea.
The spruce top and flamed maple neck on this guitar is a highlight for us (all of Gene's necks are, honestly). It's incredibly easy to play and the profile is what b3 calls a '59 Carve (.89"-.98") with perfectly installed 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 Hollowbody 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-school Gibson. Such a cool experience to play!