As a homegrown independent guitar shop, The Music Emporium is all about fostering relationships that are grown from the same soil, so to speak. Working with fellow independent luthiers, builders, and small business owners is what continues to feed our excitement, our desire, and our creative energy. We absolutely LOVE sharing these relationships with the world through our little shop in Lexington, Massachusetts. The newest addition to our family couldn't align any better, really.
Please join us in giving a warm welcome to our good friend and fellow Massachusetts resident Trevor Healy and Healy Guitars! Now let's dive in on these beauties!
The Growler shares a bit of its lineage with the slab mahogany body double cut of the late 1950s and early 1960s, but adds a level of refinement and individuality that undoubtedly sheds any notion that it's just another take on an old Gibson.
First impressions upon taking it out of its case is that it's very light. The chambered Honduran Mahogany body is coupled with a Douglas Fir top, but not just any Douglas Fir; reclaimed Douglas Fir cut from beams originating from the Mass Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams, MA! You'll see a pattern here, as Trevor always looks at ways to incorporate locally/regionally sourced materials into his builds.
The beautiful waterbase matte Metallic 'Rusty Penny' Copper top finish is quite striking without being dramatic, as it allows the grain of the top to poke through while also providing depth of color and contrast against the ivoroid binding and clear matte finish of the body. As far as two-tone aesthetics go, this is one of the more unique looks we've seen, and has become somewhat of a calling card of Healy finish work.
This Growler features a larger C carve neck profile that feels full in-hand but has an incredibly smooth taper. This is where we start to see (or feel, really) the fruits of Trevor's labor - neck shape and feel, fret work, and overall playability are just dialed in.
The custom wound Fralin 3x3 Mini humbuckers add some lively top end response and clarity, with lean but defined low end punch and balanced midrange. The MojoAxe wraparound tailpiece - one of the best bridges in the game in our opinion - provides some immediacy and attack to the airy resonance of the chambered body. It's a powerful and versatile combination of hardware and electronics that work seamlessly with this model. And check out that custom pickguard! It reminds us a bit of the vintage Gibson L4/L5/L7 models with the McCarty pickup. Very cool to see this style employed on a solidbody!
Up until now, Healy Guitars have been almost exclusively built one by one for each customer on a custom order basis. 2022 marks a welcome shift for Trevor, and an exciting collaboration for us both at that. These guitars are truly special, and we're thrilled to be able to represent them here at TME!
Price includes a Mono M80 Gig Bag.
- Body: Reclaimed Douglas Fir top over Chambered Honduran Mahogany
- Finish: Matte water base 'Rusty Penny' Copper Metallic top
- Neck: Honduran Mahogany
- Fingerboard: Macassar Ebony
- Binding: Ivoroid
- Scale Length: 25 1/2"
- Nut Width: 1 5/8"
- Neck Shape: Full C / .91" @ 1st fret - .96" @ 12th fret
- Fretboard Radius: 10"
- Jescar 47095 Fret Wire
- Pickups: Fralin Custom 3x3 Mini Humbuckers
- Electronics: Volume, Tone, 3-way Switch
- Bridge: MojoAxe CWT-A Wraparound
- Tuners: Kluson 3-on-a-plate
- Serial # 021922
- Weight: 6.25 lbs