"The challenge is not to be different, but to be different and great sounding. To be unique, yet still have so much of what makes those classics classic." ~ Chris Swope
Our latest - and gorgeous - sunburst Swope GTO from the hands of Chris Swope is proof that his guitars just keep getting better and better. The fit, finish, and playability are exactly what you'd expect for a builder who's logged many years working for Gibson's Custom Shop and legendary builder, Roger Sadowsky. The neck carve is reminiscent of a 60s Fender carve and simply feels great to play. Chris describes the pickups in the GTO as being "lap steel inspired and having a bit more output and fuller midrange" than other pickups in his line (the MG specifically). We'd agree. There are some Strat-like tones in here as well. Bottom line? This guitar sounds and plays incredible! If you're looking to stand out from the crowd, reduce the number of guitars you have to bring to the gig (this guitar is brilliant in trio settings), or simply want to treat yourself to something new and original...look no further. An outstanding guitar in every regard! Priced with hardshell case.
2-piece Alder body
Swope GTO pickups
Push/Pull tone control - turns pups into a humbucker
Staggered Gotoh vintage tuners
C neck carve
25.5" scale length
Neck Dimensions: .840 1st - .930 12th
6 lbs 13 oz
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We ship all instruments with a 48-hour approval period during which time you can comfortably evaluate your purchase and determine if it's right for you. The prices listed on our website do not include shipping charges or any applicable taxes, duties, or custom fees. Instruments shipped within MA are subject to a 6.25% sales tax. All out-of-state shipments are tax-free though we do recommend you look into your individual state's tax codes to determine any tax liabilities. The Music Emporium has been shipping guitars around the world for 40+ years. Your instrument will be expertly packed and shipped via FedEx, UPS, or US Post, depending on the destination and level of service. If you have a preferred method not listed here, please let us know and we'll do our best to accommodate.
Upon receiving your instrument, please inspect it to insure that the condition of the instrument is as described in your communication with us. Please contact us immediately via phone or email if you find any damage to the case or instrument that wasn't previously disclosed at time of purchase. If you decide to return the instrument, you must notify us via phone or email within 48 hours of delivery. We'll instruct you on how to make the return. Please pack the instrument in the same manner in which it was received, using all supplied packing materials, Unless instructed otherwise, you must ship the instrument using the same service in which it was delivered (Next day, Ground etc.) and insure it for its full value. The Music Emporium will issue a refund for the full purchase price once the instrument arrives, provided it arrives in the condition in which it left our shop. All shipping charges will be the responsibility of the customer.