We're thrilled to officially welcome High Spirit Guitars to the TME family!
After years of heading up repairs in various Southern California guitar shops, Connor Kelly is now designing and building his own custom made electric guitars in the San Diego area, and we couldn't be happier with his instruments. Unique and exciting design combined with familiar bolt-neck sensibilities and a true artisan-level approach make these guitars some of the coolest electric instruments we've had in the store.
We've just received our first ever Red Tail Hawk model, and we're totally in love!
The Red Tail Hawk is a short-scale offset reminiscent of that old Fender favorite, but with a dash of some 60s Hagstrom and Guyatone vibes thrown in. Sleek contours combined with slightly pointed horns give the Red Tail Hawk its own unique silhouette. The thin body is super comfortable seated or strapped, and relieves some weight that some of the larger offset solidbodies can sometimes carry.
The slim carve C neck - one of three carves offered by High Spirit - is reminiscent of some of our favorite early and mid 60s Fullerton offsets. Comfortable and quick with a nice taper, but not too small.
This guitar features a hybrid set of custom wound pickups - a Bad Dog in the neck and a Hot Dog in the bridge. The former is more of a Fender-style single coil wind, pseudo Strat-meets-Jazzmaster tonality. The latter is a P90 style wind with a bit more output and attack.
Rounding out the hardware is a custom machined High Spirit bridge and saddle set with a Goeldo tremolo unit. The Goeldo has a similar feel to a Jaguar/Jazzmaster unit with the smoothness of a Mastery, offering great adjustability to suit the player's playing style and needs.
We're so impressed with these guitars and we think you'll be as well. If you're looking for a unique electric with truly custom-made appointments and small-shop attention to detail, don't let this one pass you by.