If you're a music and guitar nerd like many of us here at TME, then you're probably looking at the pictures and thinking the same thing we did when we first laid our eyes on this Healy Healer...
...do you see it?! If you don't, well let's just get right to it then.
Like Mr. Robertson's fabled late 50s bronze-dipped Stratocaster from that 'The Last Waltz' thing, this Healer model sports a delightfully similar pickup configuration. What might appear as a humbucker from afar, the bridge pickup is simply two single coil pickups sandwiched right up against each other, just like the pickups in Robbie's strat. This Healer dips into that world with the use of a push-pull tone pot that allows for series/parallel switching of the pair. You've got the ability to go for the darker, fatter, and higher output sound, or the leaner, clearer sound with just a quick pop of that pot. Combining this feature with the neck pickup yields some equally satisfying sounds.
The pickups themselves are wound in-house by Ohad Barbibay, who is starting to integrate some of these handwound pickups into various Healy models. These strat-style pickups have great clarity and note definition with some of the stronger fundamental attack of a great tele pickup. They're incredibly well-balanced and sweet sounding.
The Roasted Pine body is chambered, making for a very lightweight and resonant instrument. Despite the smaller offset body style and lack of f-holes, it's still got quite an acoustic presence about it - we can't celebrate enough Trevor's craft and execution of pulling great acoustic-like qualities out of his electric builds.
The medium C carve Roasted Maple neck and Rosewood fingerboard are expertly carved for a truly wonderful playing experience. The combination of a slightly wider nut width and 10" radius with the longer scale make it sit almost perfectly between a Fender and Gibson, and the narrow-tall Jescar frets are dressed to perfection for silky smooth playability.
One of the calling cards of the Healy builds we've had come through is contrasting a more uniform natural body stain or color with a finished top. The result in this Healer in particular is an elegant transition from the soft, gradual burst to the light amber glow of the sides and back. It adds a unique level of dimension to the body wood and highlights all its great natural qualities.
It comes as no surprise that this Healer is as musical and inspiring as the instruments that came before it, and it's a reminder that no matter how simple/classic or progressive Trevor & Co.'s builds can be, the level of quality and consistency is some of the best we've had here.
Priced with Mono gig bag.
- Roasted Pine body, chambered
- Roasted Maple neck w/ Rosewood fingerboard
- 25.5" Scale length
- 1 11/16" nut width
- Modern/Medium C neck profile: .86" @ 1st fret / .94" @ 12th fret
- 10" fretboard radius
- Jescar 47095 fretwire
- Barbibay handwound Stratocaster pickups
- Volume, Tone, Push-pull for series/parallel with middle/bridge pickups (RR spec)
- Descendant BCB Bridge
- Weight: 5.75lbs