Since 2007, Jason Schroeder has been building high-end guitars for clients like Lindsey Buckingham and Zac Brown in addition to designing and manufacturing his own line of aftermarket hardware. Point being? The man knows a thing or two about building top-of-the-line instruments.
This 2008-era 'Shorty' prototype is impressive on so many levels, not the least of which is that Jason didn't use any CNC machining - this guitar was built the old-school way, by hand. Featuring a Honduran mahogany body, Brazilian rosewood neck (!) and fingerboard, quilted maple top and headstock plates, matte nitrocellulose lacquer, stainless steel frets, and Duncan humbuckers, this Shorty prototype is coming from an elegant / refined double cut Les Paul place (which is a very good thing in our book).
The build quality is extremely high (think Huber, Thorn, or PRS Private Stock), there are gorgeous design appoints everywhere you look, but most importantly, it plays and sounds fantastic. The overall feel is solid and punchy, yet slinky and super easy to play. The satin finish creates an immediacy that we've always found appealing, especially on a guitar that's perfectly made - it's a really cool and inspiring juxtaposition to feel the raw materials of such a well made guitar.
Plugged in, the Shorty delivers really sweet, punchy, and authoritative LP-flavored tones. While the Braz neck and short scale length create a really nice warmth, the tones never got woolly or undefined (whether on the neck pickup or bridge) - Gibson fans will find a lot to love about this guitar.
Condition: Near mint. Other than some light tarnishing on the pickup covers, one tiny indentation on the side, a very faint mark on the back, we couldn't find any issues with this guitar. About as clean as they come!
Priced with hardshell case.