For those new to these guitars, Glenn was the finish department foreman at Santa Cruz guitars, was in charge of French Polish restorations for renowned classical guitar maker Kenny Hill, and is currently Bill Tippin's only employee. In other words, Glenn knows a thing or two about building exceptional instruments.
This gorgeous 3-tone sunburst Cambridge #45 is where the story of John Lennon's Casino begins: this is Glenn's vision of what that Casino would have looked like when purchased new in 1966 - soon to be used on The Beatles' 1966 tour of Germany, Japan, and the US. Soon after, it would be used during the Sgt. Pepper recording sessions.
The Cambridge is a very lightweight, balanced instrument and the tones and playability are really inspiring. It sounds like an old, perfectly seasoned guitar with a gorgeous acoustic voice. Seriously, you could play it happily for extended periods of time before ever thinking of plugging it in.
Once plugged in, that same airy, open acoustic voice combines with the chime and output of a great goldfoil pickup, courtesy of a pair of Retrograde P90 pickups.
Woods, pickups, finish, specs....all that stuff aside, at the end of the day, the real question with any instrument comes down to - Do I want to play this? Does it inspire me? To use familiar language, does it have a vibe...mojo? The answer in this case is, unquestionably, yes.
- Laminate maple back/top
- Solid maple sides
- 14” lower bout, 2” body depth
- Mahogany neck
- Classic “C” shape, .840 - .920
- Granadillo fingerboard with recessed fret ends
- Retrograde P90s
- 24.9 scale length
- 1 11/16 nut width
- Three Bolt Neck Joint w/ Steel inserts
- Gotoh Vintage Kluson style tuners
- Gotoh large post Tune-o-matic bridge
- Aged Hardware
- Antique Varnish finish
- Hardshell case