Description

Fresh from the 2016 Winter NAMM show is this marvelous Virtuoso electric built by Michael Lipe. Mike has nearly 4 decades of custom guitar building experience including stints with Mighty Mite, Yamaha, Peavey and Ibanez. For the past several years, and in very small quantities, Mike hand builds custom guitars that bear his own name.

Offered here is one of his Virtuoso models, one that was built for display and sale at the January NAMM show. This beauty has a roasted Basswood body topped with lovely curly Myrtle wood and finished in Tiger Eye transparent. The total weight of the guitar is just 7 pounds, 3 ounces. The chunky C-shaped neck is made of roasted flame Maple with depth measurements of .865" at the 1st fret and .950" at the 12th. The lovely dark Indian Rosewood fretboard has a 12" radius, jumbo frets and a 1-11/16" nut. The bridge is a Hipshot dual post tremolo unit and the locking tuners are by Hipshot as well. The electronics consist of two Amalfitano PAF-style humbuckers, with a 3-way switch, master volume and master tone, the latter with push/pull pot that splits the neck pickup.

If you like guitars of the style built by Tom Anderson and John Suhr, the custom guitars built by Mike Lipe are sure to appeal to you. This guitar is superbly crafted and beautifully built. The look, feel and playability are superb; like you would expect from a far more expensive instrument. The medium/large neck and it's satin finish feels great and the fret work is of extremely high quality. The tone is reminiscent of a PRS instrument to my ear, with thick, rich clean tones and lots of power and depth when overdriven. This is really an upscale electric guitar.

This piece has never been retailed and is in mint condition. It comes in it's original G&G case, with the trem arm, tools and the certificate of authenticity. This is a fine guitar from a builder that we are sure to hear more from. Get yourself a Lipe guitar while they are still reasonably affordable. A very fine electric guitar indeed!

Year Condition Color Case
2016 Mint Tiger Eye Original Hard

$2,999

Capital Guitars
Charlie Hughes
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