Summary: Based on a classic design originally launched in 1950, the Riggio Tango represents a timeless tool capable of covering all kinds of sonic territory. From country, to rock, jazz and beyond, this "T" style instrument appeals to all kinds of players for its signature twang, pop and vibe. Joe's attention to detail, exceptional craftsmanship, and inspired passion for vintage instruments has come together to create something truly special. From replicated neck and body contours to correct nitro lacquer finishes, the Tango has beautifully come together in an inspired package that delivers on the promise of excellence. There's nothing quite like a great vintage instrument, but Joe's incredible work has taken us there with the Tango!

Body: One-piece swamp ash with aged nitrocellulose lacquer finish in Blackguard Blonde.

Neck: One-piece maple with black dot inlays. 9.5” fingerboard radius. 25.5” scale.

Electronics/Hardware: Riggio “Blackguard” pickups. One volume and one control with chrome knurled knobs; three-way selector switch. String through bridge with vintage style barrel saddles. Kluson style tuners. Bone nut. Single-ply black pickguard.

Cosmetics: This guitar is in excellent condition. The body and neck have been professionally relic-ed by the builder, and the hardware has been aged. The work is tasteful and convincing. The result is a modern instrument with the vibe of a well-gigged vintage workhorse.

Playability: This guitar plays like a dream, with a fat neck that has been sanded to satiny smoothness and big, full frets. The action is set low and there is no buzz or fretting out. The builder-wound pickups are amazingly rich, clear and detailed. This is the Tele tone you dream about. Overall, a master-grade instrument with classic appeal.

Weight: 6.61 lbs.

Case: Original hard shell.

Empire Guitars RI

Empire Guitars RI

Riggio Custom Guitars
Blackguard Blonde
Original Hard
5 Year Member
Empire Guitars RI
Empire Guitars
Providence, RI
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3 days on used and vintage gear. 14 days on new items. Buyer pays shipping both ways. No returns on shipped amplifiers. New items returned with out all packing materials and included inserts will be charged a 15% restocking fee.