Linhof Special Solid Body Electric Guitar, made by Pre-Nixon Electrics (2006)

Linhof Special Solid Body Electric Guitar, made by Pre-Nixon Electrics  (2006)
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Linhof Special Model Solid Body Electric Guitar, made by Pre-Nixon Electrics (2006), made in Earth, serial # 0037, sunburst lacquer finish, ash body, maple neck, original brown tolex hard shell case.

This instrument is a 2006 Linhof Special Telecaster-style guitar, a unique creation that rarely comes up for sale, as those who own them are usually reluctant to let them go. Designed by the old-line vintage guru Kurt Linhof (who has since passed on) and former Fender Master Builder J. Black, these are some of the finest recent Telecasters made anywhere. This one has been played but remains 100% stock with a great custom Lindy Fralin pickups set. It weighs in at a featherweight 6.2 lbs and has an exceptionally comfortable neck with a medium/chunky profile and vintage-style frets.

These Linhofs were designed to capture the feel of (then) 50 year-old guitars; smooth and resonant, with a selected premium lightweight swamp ash body and maple neck tone-matched after drying, finished in early-'50s spec thin nitro lacquer and with light Relic work by J. Black. This is the Bursthead 2-Tone Sunburst model, a Strat-like touch on a Telecaster -- with the body contoured like a Strat! The reversed bridge pickup and left-handed bridge plate give great low string bite and more harmonics from the unwound strings. The bridge is the original 1950 design dual-string brass saddles for ultimate downforce, sustain, and string stability, but COMPENSATED for intonation.

The pickups were prototyped with Lindy Fralin's input; the neck pickup winding is unique to Linhof (Linhof-Fralin P-92), combined with a special order HOT single coil bridge pickup. The control wiring is also unique to Linhof and tone caps are original NOS Gibson .022 ceramics from 1964. The single-ply guards are hand cut to fit each guitar and tuners are improved, hi-ratio Tone-Pro Klusons. The body has a belly contour and forearm fade to 1957 specs, the year with the most radical contours. The special pyramid heel cutaway aids 21st fret accessibility. The necks were turned on the original '60s Fender-CBS lathes (from their '80s bankruptcy sale); the nut is 1.625" and the fingerboard has a 9 to 11.5 degree compound radius, with tall medium frets. The final neck shaping and aged thin nitro-cellulose lacquer finish were done personally by J.W. Black. This is a fairly early example (#37 of less than 200) of a very special guitar that we virtually never see for sale.
 
Overall length is 38 3/4 in. (98.4 cm.), 12 3/4 in. (32.4 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 7/8 in. (4.8 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 25 1/2 in. (648 mm.). Width of nut is 1 5/8 in. (41 mm.).

This guitar shows some play wear, but it is pretty much impossible to tell where the original light relicing job leaves off and actual wear begins. There are dings, dents, and scrapes to the finish and some tarnish on the plating, all of which only serve to make this 13-year-old guitar feel even more like it's 63 years old, which it effortlessly does.

One of the finest Tele-style guitars of recent memory and a unique take on a classic, this sounds and plays effortlessly great. Housed in the original Linhof Custom western-tooled Tolex hard case with electric gold lining (G&G's best). Excellent Condition.