Every so often, we get together with Connor Kelly of High Spirit Guitars to spec out some 'Custom' variants of his wonderful electrics. This newest incarnation is without question one of our most favorite builds to date...
This Tomahawk Custom rocks a lightweight one-piece pine body with a beautiful acrylic tortoiseshell style pickguard, flamed roasted maple neck, indian rosewood fingerboard, custom-made half t-style bridge, and a killer sounding set of Davoli Wandre reissue humbuckers.
A first for us, these Wandre reissue pickups are accurate replicas of the super rare and valuable Wandre pickups that were made exclusively for the Italian guitar maker during the late 1950s through the 1960s. Tonally they sound like a beefier hum-cancelling version of an old Teisco or Guyatone gold foil pickup mated with a great Firebird mini-humbucker pickup, offering up a bit more power and pop in the treble. The telecaster-style half bridge was custom machined for this guitar, and delivers that familiar string-through feel, adding a bit more snap and tension to the shorter scale. This is a great way to take advantage of the short-scale feel while having a more stout attack that a string-through solidbody can offer.
The medium carve C neck - one of three carves offered by High Spirit - is not too dissimilar from the slim carve, but it does have slightly more meat on the bone and feels a tad fuller especially in the first position.
The aesthetic of this Tomahawk Custom matches the tone and feel to a tee. At borderline featherweight, you could easily handle those marathon gigs or recording sessions while also enjoying the "is it even in my hands?" element at home on the couch or in your music room. Like all other High Spirit guitars, it's just an absolute joy to play. What more could you want?
- Clear coat lacquer finish
- 1 1/2" one piece pine body
- Roasted flamed maple neck w/Indian rosewood fingerboard
- Custom acrylic tortoiseshell style pickguard and control plate
- Grover mini Rotomatic humbuckers
- High Spirit custom custom half t-style bridge and saddles
- 24.625" scale
- 1 5/8" nut width
- 12" fretboard radius
- Access gig bag