Small boutique builders can have wait times in excess of one year; this is just the nature of the beast when procuring the highest quality instruments from small shops like those we represent. On top of that, once the guitars arrive in our shop they are oftentimes immediately sold. This can make it extremely difficult for customers to select their personalized options for their custom order instrument. We've been there and know how the uncertainty can create anxiety and suck all of the fun out of a custom build. A client is much less likely to get the exact guitar of their dreams if they can only wonder what various neck carves feel like and how other specs on will interact and affect the overall instrument. A custom built guitar is a substantial investment and decisions should not have to be made based on a bunch of guesswork. It should be a list of custom options submitted with confidence because the buyer has physically experienced the model.
Our unique approach to effectively representing small premier builders is to carry a diverse cross section of inventory that is not available for sale. Customers that have committed to a custom build through a deposit have access to the below examples from our luthier partners. Denver Guitar Exchange will secure studio time for the customer to create a fun and confident custom order experience. This enables our clientele to experience the guitars firsthand and go beyond the limited knowledge of online reviews and demos. We strive to be the opposite of the big box guitar retailers. Immerse yourself in some of the best boutique guitars from highly regarded American luthiers. If you're not local to the Mile High City, it will be worth the trip!
This Banker guitar is a beast! Matt Hughes built this one with Old Growth Korina and Rosewood and other period correct materials throughout. This guitar is a phenomenal example of what one guy hand-building guitars using old school techniques can achieve. Experience what vintage Explorers do without the hundreds of thousands of dollars price tag. Mojo for days on this Excalibur.
Matt has a plethora of scientific, chemical, and physical techniques he employs to give his guitars the look and feel of a vintage instruments. His builds are totally custom so the degree of aging can be tailored to customer preferences. Banker guitars must be experienced to be truly appreciated.
There are number of boutique designs out there that strive to emulate the best aspects of the classic "Burst" sound, feel, and look. We feel Gene Baker nailed it with his version including a Mahogany back and neck, Maple top, Rosewood fingerboard set neck and dual humbuckers. This version of the SL formula incorporates Old Growth Mahogany and Maple with a Brazilian Rosewood fretboard. One final spin is the addition of the Freeway 6 position pickup selector switch. It looks traditional and has the three original neck, bridge, plus neck and bridge options but adds three more out-of-phase wirings that double the sonic palette of the ThroBak PAF style humbuckers. This gives you the "Greenie" tone and beyond. This guitar is exceptionally versatile in a straightforward, intuitive layout. Killer stuff!
There is heated debate regarding the practice of "relic" instruments. If you're a fan, Gene Baker is one of the best in the business and recreating the look, feel, and mojo of a well-worn vintage guitar. This one has a lightly distressed finish which you can compare to other b3 distressed inventory. We welcome the opportunity to advise you on the various levels of distressing offered to create a look that works for your personal taste.
We are very excited about another variation on the SL formula that we devised. This demo is the "DGE Spec" version with a Lollar mini-humbucker in the neck and Lollar "Greenie" humbucker in the bridge. This unique pickup combination along with a roasted Maple neck, Rosewood fingerboard, and all-Mahogany body puts a unique sonic spin on the SL. We love the standard spec b3 SL for that classic LP sound. The DGE spec version provides a more cutting tonality and very gutsy Texas Blues tone in the middle position.
There is heated debate regarding the practice of "relic" instruments. If you're a fan, Gene Baker is one of the best in the business and recreating the look, feel, and mojo of a well-worn vintage guitar. This one has the Medium Distressed finish which you can compare to the more lightly distressed b3 59 Spec SL above or the Clean finish Ultramodern below. We welcome the opportunity to advise you on the various levels of distressing offered to create a look that works for your personal taste.
The b3 Phoenix is a brilliant example of Gene Baker's ability to create unique versions of classic instruments. The standard spec Phoenix is a hybrid of a Tele and Firebird with neck-through body design, Lollar mini-humbuckers in the neck and middle positions with T-style bridge with Lollar Classic T single coil pickup in the bridge.
This demo instrument has our own unique specs with each aspect carefully considered. We ordered this b3 Phoenix I with an Ebony fretboard and chambered Korina neck and body which makes for an extremely lightweight guitar. This one weighs in at 7 lbs. even and that's with a Bigsby! The Standard C neck profile is extremely comfortable and fills the player's hand nicely. We elected to replace the Lollar minis in the neck and bridge with Lollartrons. We are thrilled with the look of the Light Distressed Antique Yellow finish not to mention the incredible tone and playability Gene's intstruments are known for.
This is a brand new design by Gene Baker that incorporates the utmost in modern advancements with the best in traditional and advanced luthiery techniques. This is actually the prototype of the XS Ultramodern and the only one in existence as of January 2019. We have others on order but decided to keep this one in the demo stock so our customers would not have to wait to experience this incredible instrument.
The name Ultramodern encompasses the true definition of the word. This prototype uses the cutting edge in hardware and components. The HSH pickup configuration uses Fishman Fluence pickups. The humbuckers each have 3 voices and 2 in the middle single coil. The 5 way blade switch provides a familiar and simple selection format. However, the 3 mini-toggle switches engage the unique pickup voices giving the player the ability to summon 27 tonal combinations in a straightforward and intuitive format.
This XS Ultramodern incorporates the CSL 2:22 Sophia Tremolo. If you are not familiar with it, Guitar World Magazine did an excellent review outlining the improvements this tremolo offers over traditional designs. Keeping with the Ultramodern theme, Graph Tech Ratio locking tuners were used to ensure tuning stability in a uniquely tuned gear ratios that makes tuning easier, quicker, and more intuitive.
This prototype is a set neck with Black Korina (Limba) back and neck with figured Maple top in Translucent Black finish. To top it all off, there is a glow-in-the-dark "Ohm" symbol inlay at the 12th fret on an Ebony fingerboard.
This Case Study has premium Old Growth Ribbon Mahogany body, figured Koa neck, and Ziricote fretboard. There is no ornate inlays or binding, just the stunning tonewoods that Gabriel Currie selected for this instrument. This guitar is an excellent representation of what the Echopark wood stash has to offer.
The Arcane P-90 in the neck and '58 PAF style humbucker in the bridge complement each other incredibly well. The volume match is very even and neither pickup is harsh or trebly. The tone is warm and smooth; the neck humbucker can be used when playing in the upper register without sounding shrill. The combination of tonewoods and pickups yield a uniquely vintage tone. The guitar feels like home the second you pick it up.
Echopark crafts its Standard, Handcrafted, and Exner series guitars with Old Growth tonewoods to recreate the tone of the best vintage instruments. The 54/64 series is an amazing take on the classic S-Style guitars. The highly figured curly Michigan Long Eyed Maple is something to behold. The neck carve is remarkably comfortable and feels already broken in. The aged Lake Placid Blue body harkens back to the Golden Age of Fullerton made guitars.
The Arcane single coils create a great S-Style tone that cuts through the mix without being shrill or brittle. We further tweaked this one with a reverse slanted bridge pickup for that Hendrix tone that a right-handed left-strung guitar produces by adding treble to the bass strings and adding bass to the treble strings. If you are looking for a wonderful and traditionally built S-Style guitar, look no further!
70 year old Korina and Brazilian Rosewood are essential in recreating the tone and appearance of a vintage instrument.
The Arcane PAF style humbuckers are incredible, probably the best reproduction of the iconic pickup we have ever heard.
From the moment you pick up this guitar, you will be blown away by the quality of the Echopark aging process. Whatever the secret sauce, Echopark gets it right. It is very easy to forget it is not actually a vintage guitar.
This Echopark 59 Deluxe is a great addition to the Denver Guitar Exchange demo inventory. We are thrilled with this instrument. It really looks, feels, and sounds like the vintage guitars after which it was modeled. The Old Growth Mahogany body and Korina neck are integral to its looks but more importantly, the perfect P-90 tone!
From the moment you open the case you get the feeling of an extremely high quality instrument with vintage mojo. An Old Growth Amazonian fretboard and Medium 59 D neck profile make for a playing experience that feels like you've owned this instrument for a long, long time. The Arcane P-90's are everything you would want from a P-90 pickup.
The aged finish really adds to the mojo; this one is tough to put down! The legendary '58 Albert is up next so keep an eye on us! Check out an Echopark guitar and we are confident you won't be disappointed.
The Starlite joins the Magnatone Traditional line-up as a much-requested low-power amp perfect for backstage, studio, bedroom, or office. With Classic American tones and Vintage style, the Starlite will quickly rival anything in the small amp category.
Based in St. Louis and 100% made in the U.S.A., Magnatone embodies the vintage spirit of the Magnatone brand and its iconic tremolo, reverb, and vibrato effects while enhancing the amplifier tone to rival the best vintage and boutique examples with the effects turned off. These amplifiers are built to the absolute highest standards of quality to ensure the player is acquiring an heirloom quality amp that can be handed down to the next generation of tone seekers.
Vintage brown and gold cosmetic. Single-ended 5 watt amplifier powered by (1) 6V6 . The 12AX7 in the preamp provides a classic American tone. Tone control covers both Black panel and Tweed era amps with a unique designed mid-cut below 12 O’clock. Negative Feedback Feature allow for even deeper gain control. A sound much bigger than the power rating. Magnatone custom 8” ceramic magnet made in the USA by WGS. 8-ohm remote speaker jack allows endless tonal opportunities. The same classic Rolls-Royce Amps cover as all Magnatone models included. 20 ft American-made cable included.
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