If a super-high quality, hand-built semi-hollow guitar suits your fancy, then please read on. Offered here is a CP Thornton Elite built in 2006 and in great condition.

The Elite is a thin, semi-hollow electric with an arched top and back and a lower bout just under 14" wide. Instead of a separate center block, the Elite's neck continues through the body to provide for maximum resonance, structural rigidity, a place to mount the pickups and bridge and serves to minimize acoustic feedback. The Elite is built with solid flame Maple, rather than laminated wood. The flame Maple neck has a medium C-shape with depth measurements of .84" at the first fret increasing to .90" at the twelfth. It has an Ebony fretboard with a 12" radius, 6150 frets and a 1.75" nut. The electronics include Lollar Low Wind Imperials along with two volume and two tone controls, a three-way toggle and high quality pots and caps. The ABM bridge is by Faber and the tailpiece by Resomax. The tuners are Gotoh 510's with Ebony buttons. It is finished in a gorgeous honeyburst nitro finish and weighs just 7 pounds, 9 ounces.

The Elite is a work of luthier art. It is beautiful to behold and incredibly well put together. It has the feel of a high-quality jazz box and plays like a guitar costing thousands of dollars more. The tone is a mix of ES335 and Les Paul - check out the brief sound sample provided and I think you will agree. From jazz to fusion to rock, this is a guitar that can do it all.

This guitar was built in 2006 but was sent back to the builder in 2014 when the original gold hardware started to tarnish. At a cost of nearly $1K, CP gave this guitar new pickups, wiring, tuners, bridge and strap pins. Since then the guitar has been played very little and could nearly pass for new but for a few very tiny imperfections on upper bout (see photos) of the top and a few string change scratches on the headstock. Otherwise this guitar is like new, frets included. It comes in it's original tweed case, also in superb condition along with the truss rod adjustment tool.

I understand that Chuck now gets over $6K for one of these fine guitars. This fabulous example in superb condition can be yours for substantially less. This is one superb hand-built semi-hollow electric at a killer price. Make it yours!

Capital Guitars

Capital Guitars

CP Thornton
Original Hard
12 Years
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