Here's a rare opportunity to snag one of the most heralded, unique, and original boutique electric guitars offered in the last 10 years.
The Ronin Mirari - the model that defined a brand for the small Northern California builder team of Jack Reed, John Reed, and Izzy Lugo - takes inspiration from a double-cut Fender and some of the quirky overseas imports (Hagstrom and Teisco come to mind), and completely flips the concept of a Strat-style guitar on its head. In many ways, it's the anti-Strat.
No ash or alder, no maple, no single coil pickups to be found here. Ronin's approach was to find a way to use felled old-growth redwood trees as the basis for a new breed of solidbody guitar building (and acoustics too - there are a handful of parlor acoustics out there wearing the Ronin name). Combining the redwood body with a mahogany neck and rosewood fingerboard was just the beginning, as Ronin would outfit their Miraris with their proprietary Foilbucker pickups. The sonic qualities are just as unique as the aesthetic they present - a distinct top end clarity and presence with a focused midrange and warm, rounded low end are inherent in the design. The Foilbuckers capture the essence of that tone brilliantly, with great harmonic bloom and some top end sizzle. The combined result is uniquely Ronin. Versatility is maximized by way of separate push-button coil taps for each pickup, as well as a bright push button switch of sorts, which comes in handy for adding a touch of cut or brilliance in a band mix.
This Mirari represents the original aesthetic seen on the first few of these models, letting the quality of the wood do the talking. A flipped tortoise pickguard (one of the defining features of the Ronin look) plays very well off of the dark, tight grain lines of the Redwood, and the Hofner "cupcake" knobs offer nice contrast while playing off of the foilbucker styling and that aforementioned 'anti-Strat' look. To top it off, top notch hardware by way of Hipshot open gear high ratio tuners and a Mann tremolo bridge (one of the best modern bridges in the game, in our humble opinion) keep tuning in check for all of those adventurous David Torn-esque wham jams.
With Ronin no longer making guitars, the Mirari has quickly risen up the ranks as one of the more sought-after small shop electrics on the used market, and for good reason! There's really nothing like it. With low production numbers, we rarely see them out there. Don't sleep on this one!
Condition: Very Good+. As an aged guitar from the shop, additional play wear is virtually indistinguishable, save for some tarnished hardware and light pick wear around the pickups. Very little fretwear found. the guitar is set up nicely with medium-low action and a slight float to the bridge.