If you've been keeping an eye on our site lately you've no doubt seen b3 Guitars. Made in CA by a small team led by former Fender and Gibson Custom Shop Master Builder, Gene Baker, these guitars brilliantly blend elements of both Fender and Gibson designs into "why didn't I think of that?" models like the Tele/Firebird inspired Phoenix, the TME Exclusive Telstar, and the one that started it all back in the early 2000s - the SL, a Strat/Les Paul hybrid.
To start simply? This Figured Claro Walnut SL Standard Deluxe is outrageously beautiful, no doubt why you clicked on this listing. There are so many details to take in - the hand rubbed satin finish, exotic woods throughout, archtop-style finger tailpiece, brass (!!!) fingerboard binding, dots, and logo inlay, b3 PAF humbuckers...
Once you've taken the visual tour and sit down to play this 7lb 3oz beauty, you're met with an extremely lively, resonant, and musical guitar. To be sure, Gene and his crew set out to build a show stopper of a guitar - but - not at the expense of the most important elements of any guitar: musicality, tone, feel, vibe....this is an incredibly fun guitar to play, no two ways about it. This is what separates the master builders from other builders in our book - the quest for beauty never overshadows the core job - to make a great sounding, great playing, and inspiring instrument. When both come together like it does with this SL? Incredible.
The b3 wound PAF style pickups deliver classic midrange punch, medium output, and a clear, articulate top end. You can get gorgeous, almost ES-335 like clean tones out of this guitar in addition to swampy overdriven tones. Jazz, rock, blues...this guitar handles all of it with ease.
If you're on the hunt for a new guitar and love the work of fellow master builders like Nik Huber, Saul Koll, etc..., this SL Deluxe should be at the top of your list. Priced with hardshell case.
- Figured Mango body (hollow w/F-hole), tuner buttons, knobs, pickup surrounds, switch tip
- Figured Claro Walnut top and neck
- Stain hand rub finish
- Bocote fingerboard
- Brass neck binding, dots, and logo inlay
- Standard C Carve - .83"-.96"
- 24.625" scale length
- 12" Radius
- 6105 stainless frets, 22
- 1.687" nut width
- b3 PAF Humbuckers
- Volume/Tone, 3-way, push/pull
- Lightly Aged Nickel hardware
- TonePros TOM bridge
- Gotoh tuners
- Strung with 10's
- G&G Hardshell Case
- SN 22 037
- 7lbs 3oz