Butter & Toast Maxwell

Please call 773.489.4830 or email info@specimenproducts.com to discuss details and make arrangements for your commission.


Almost all Specimen Maxwell guitars have NOS Harmony Sovereign fretboards which were purchased from an aged Porsche mechanic; 1200 of them to be exact. He bought them at the liquidation auction of the company. A lucky find. There are still a few left.

This instrument is the only existing Maxwell with a neck pickup. This is pushing the limits of mechanical design to say the least. The butter and toast is just that; slippery and hot. And a little bit crunchy. Very sensitive handling, slightly unstable at high speeds, good for slalom. Acrobatic like an SG.

  • Neck

    Maple set neck

  • Scale Length


  • Truss Rod

    Non-adjustable steel reinforcement

  • Fretboard


  • Body

    Maple with tortoise shell binding on front, nitro-cellulose finish

  • Pickups

    Mini Humbucker in neck, DiMarzio Fred in bridge

  • Controls

    Push-pull coil tap, one volume knob, one tone knob, pickup selector switch

  • Bridge

    Schaller flat plate bridge

Specimen Custom Maxwell Guitar
Specimen Custom Maxwell Guitar

“Ian custom designed the B&T for me in 2000 after my envy of my pal Wes’ Specimen guitars had reached the breaking point. I own a number of beautiful vintage electric guitars of all makes and models from the 60s, 70s, and 80s and I am not exaggerating when I say that none of them come close to delivering the exquisite bell-like chime and rich sustain of my Maxwell B&T. It actually sounds like it has a butter pat for a bridge pickup. And the tone has only improved with age.”
—Le Concorde (Stephen Becker, Ph.D., Los Angeles/Chicago)

Specimen Custom Maxwell Guitar
Specimen Custom Maxwell Guitar