Please check out this awesome Retrospec by Canadian guitar builder Tom Bartlett. Tom is known for building exceptional LP recreations, but needed a guitar design all his own. With the help of Kim LaFleur of Historic Makeovers and Swedish designer Magnus Melkersson, the Retrospec model was born.
The Retrospec has a doublecut body that is only marginally larger than the LP design that it emulates. It utilizes a one-piece Honduran Mahogany body topped with lightly flamed Eastern Maple. It has a one-piece Mahogany neck with a rounded '59 shape and depth measurements of .885" at the first fret and .985" at the twelfth fret. The 24-3/4" string scale fingerboard is made of Brazilian Rosewood and has a 12" radius, medium frets and a 1.70" nylon nut. It has an ABR-1 style bridge and tailpiece and Kluson Deluxe tuners. This one has fabulous ThroBak SLE-101 MXV humbucking pickups with a traditional LP-style control setup. Kim LaFleur's influence made sure this guitar was built with accurate materials including Royalite binding, cellulose nitrate fingerboard inlays and a very thin nitrocellulose lacquer finish with no plasticizers. I suspect that Kim's influence is also reflected in the guitar's very tasteful aging, which includes a VOS like patina, superb finish checking and aged hardware. This guitar has a total weight of just 8.6 pounds and is finished in "Dirty Lemonburst."
If you love LP style guitars, this Retrospec will blow you away. The tone and feel of this guitar are decidedly LP like, although the Retrospec is built to a much higher quality standard and is built one-at-a-time by Tom Bartlett alone. Check out the brief sound sample included, this guitar sounds fabulous, aiding to a significant extent by the superb ThroBak pickups.
This one-owner Bartlett is in superb original condition (lightly aged) and the frets show no observable wear. It comes in it's original G&G / Bartlett case, also in fabulous condition. The original owner paid $7,800 for this beautiful 2018 specimen, but you can make it yours for a cool $2G less.
I've played some of the best LP reissues, as well as replicas from almost every builder you can think of and this guitar holds it's own with any of them! Make this Bartlett yours today.
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