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.
The Tomahawk model is arguably the most original design in the High Spirit lineup. A slim and lightweight solidbody with asymmetrically pointed double cutaways remind us of some of the great European and Japanese electrics from the 50s and 60s, but with a much higher build quality and distinct level of craftsmanship. Think USA made Fender but with a more hands-on and dialed in feel.
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. Custom wound "Chicago Dog" pickups are Connor's own take on a Dearmond style single coil pickup. The lower output presents a slightly brighter, clearer tone with just a touch less volume. The custom made bridge and tailpiece really speak to the dedication of the build and tie the whole aesthetic together beautifully. The machined aluminum plays very well off of the beautiful body finish and anodized guard without clashing too much. Brilliant design, functionality, and execution in spades!
Simply put, the Tomahawk models are fun, inviting guitars that offer simplicity without sacrificing tone and playability. At this price point, you might not find a better valued bolt-on electric on the market.
NOTE: This guitar sold the moment we pulled it out of the case here in the shop, but we've got more on the way! Contact us if you'd like to place a custom order!