This 2022 "Series 2" Lexington #12 represents the final revision of Glenn Nichols' only solid-body model, a TME exclusive, which features a tighter radius above the waist on the upper bass side bout with a slightly up-angled cutaway on the treble side. This model is incredibly musical, a blast to play, sounds fantastic, and is....well, just plain cool.
The Classic C (.845"-.920") carved roasted flame maple neck will find favor with a wide range of players - it feels slightly chunky, but very well carved so as to not be fatiguing. The fretwork is excellent which creates a really comfortable, smooth playing experience and notes readily jump off the Granadillo fingerboard - there's a snap to single note lines that we found really addictive.
Loaded with a set of Retrograde-wound Gold Foils, the Lexington sounds incredible and reminds us quite a bit of a great Rickenbacker, though the Lexington has a bit more range. Like a toaster pickup or high-gain pickup (again, talking Rickenbackers here) the focus is on the initial attack but unlike these pickups, Glenn's pickups have a lot more sustain and range (check out the clips below).
While the name Retrograde Guitars may be new to you, Glenn's work likely is not. 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.
If you're into student model guitars but want something that's light-years beyond it quality-wise, look no further!
Priced with hardshell case.
- Top - Flame maple top
- Body - Roasted Pine, solid
- Neck - Roasted Flame Maple
- Fingerboard - Granadillo
- Headstock - Genie Bottle
- Classic C (.845"-.920") neck carve
- Scale Length - 24.9"
- Nut Width - 1 11/16"
- Neck Joint - "Catalog Style" 3-bolt
- Frets - Standard .092 x .048
- Binding - Ivoroid (body)
- Inlay - Pearl Retrograde logo
- Pickups - Retrograde "Old Soul" P90s, Alnico 3
- Volume, Tone, 3-way
- Tuners - Gotoh, Kluson style
- Bridge - Gotoh Tune-O-Matic
- Tailpiece - Solid, aged nickel
- Nut - Bone
- Antique Varnish (body), French Polish (neck)
- Vintage Tobacco Burst
- Hardshell Case
- .011-.052 D'Addario Strings