In Part 2 of our 3-Part Lexington Series #1, we explore the beauty of our exclusive Retrograde solidbody electrics with this Lexington model in Violin Varnish finish!
For those unfamiliar, the Retrograde Lexington model is a single-cutaway solidbody electric with handwound Retrograde P90 pickups, hand applied finish, and an aesthetic true to the unique design of Glenn's fabulous instruments.
The 2021 Lexington Series #1 represents the final revision of our exclusive model, featuring a tighter radius above the waist on the upper bass side bout with a slightly up-angled cutaway on the treble side. A redesigned pickguard follows suit, trading in curvy for a more striking angular shape. We're absolutely in love with these changes, and we're sure Glenn would agree that they perfectly suit the style of this model.
With the slight change in body shape, we're picking up a whole new vibe, with nods to the 1950s Danelectro U2 model as well as that old slab body "special" from Kalamazoo. But let's move on from comparisons for a bit and focus on how special these instruments truly are.
This Lexington is rocking a pair of 'Mothership' P90s handwound by Glenn himself, who has quickly become an incredible pickup winder in his own rite. Using Alnico 5 magnets with reverse wind / reverse polarity configuration (RWRP), we're hearing bold low end with great upper midrange bark and top end sizzle. Neck pickup tones are thicker without sacrificing clarity, and the bridge pickup has a quick attack with great sustain and some zing to cut through a mix, clean or gained up. Middle position gives you great hum-free, slightly mid-scooped tone, perfect for anything from country jazz to singer-songwriter and beyond. Master Volume and Master Tone controls coupled with a 3-way switch keep things straightforward and simple.
A comfortable medium profile neck with a smooth taper makes playability a breeze, with the slightly thinner slab body lending itself to quite a comfortable lapped or strapped guitar. The neck and body are exquisitely finished, which is no surprise given Glenn's background in finish work. The luster of a masterfully applied varnish finish adds a level of depth and dimension to the equally alluring tonewoods often seen in the world of high end violin, mandolin, and archtop building.
From a distance or in your hands, there's no denying how special these instruments truly are. We feel lucky to be able to work with a builder as talented as Glenn Nichols - someone who continues to push the boundaries of guitar design in unique fashion while also harnessing the familiarity of an old classic instrument.
Catalog looks, top tier tones, and a fit and finish that rivals any small shop builder around. This Lexington's got it.
Price includes hardshell case.