Johan Gustavsson of Sweden makes some of the finest electric guitars currently being built by anyone and the Bluesmaster S offered here is an example of his genius. If you love the tone of a Collings I-35 or ES-335, then you will adore the sound of this instrument. If you love the thick tone of a Les Paul, but can't deal with the weight, you are also likely to adore this guitar.
The Bluesmaster S is Yohan's version of a semi-hollow Les Paul-style guitar. Like an LP, it has a Mahogany back and a flame Maple top. It is a very light instrument and this example weighs just 6.8 pounds. This guitar is finished in Dirty Lemon nitrocellulose lacquer with creme colored Royalite binding. The Mahogany neck has a long joint tenon and the shape feels like it came right off of a '59 LP with depth measurements of .890" at the first fret increasing to .990" at the twelfth fret. The truss rod is a dual action compression unit with no sheathing. The fretboard is made of dark Brazilian Rosewood and has a 12" radius, medium frets and a 1.675" bone nut. The tuners are Kluson Deluxe Keystones and the bridge is a intonateable wrap-around unit by Gustavsson. The electronics include fabulous Throbaks humbuckers with aged covers, volume and tone controls for each pickup and a three-way toggle switch.
This guitar sounds incredible to my ear and it plays even better. Very few guitars approach the build quality, feel and tone of a Gustavsson instrument and I would argue that his semi-hollow guitars are even better than his incredible solid body models. While it doesn't do this guitar justice, please check out the brief sound sample provided below.
This one-owner guitar was built in 2021 and remains in terrific condition. Just one tiny impression near the front volume control knob (see included photo) keeps me from classifying its condition as "mint". It comes in its original JG branded G&G case with the certificate of authenticity and all the other original accessories.
I can't imagine a better instrument for the player who can't decide between an LP or a 335-style instrument, or someone who is simply looking for one of the finest semi-hollow instruments available on planet Earth. An amazing instrument for the player who requires the very best.....
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