Royale Premiere

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Description

This archtop guitar marked the first in a series of Specimen’s Royale models.

This guitar design had been taking shape in my mind for years. It is a unique interpretation of a classic idea.

Features
  • Neck

    Mahogany, pearl inlays of flags gently rippling in the wind with colored dots and side markers

  • Scale length

    24-1/2"

  • Fretboard

    Ebony

  • Body

    Two-piece, 16" wide basswood body finished in pale blue nitrocellulose lacquer, triple-ply white/yellow/white binding on front and back

  • Headstock

    Alaskan-cedar-burl headstock veneer, sculpted aluminum "diver's helmet" finial

  • Tuners

    Four Grover Imperial tuners and two geared banjo tuners

  • Pickups

    Lindy Fralin humbucker with faceted and machined aluminum mounting ring

  • Controls

    Volume and tone control

  • Bridge

    One-piece ebony bridge

  • Tailpiece

    Faceted and machined aluminum tailpiece

  • Shipping

    Free Shipping within the continental U.S.

The guitar’s headstock finial, fretboard inlays, and Grover Imperial tuners follow traditions set forth by luthiers as D’Angelico and D’Aquisto. The pickup ring, trapeze and finial are handcrafted from solid billets of aluminum, and the bridge is carved from one piece of ebony. Both the D and G strings have banjo tuners that can be used for special drop-tuning effects.

The headstock and body of this instrument are inspired by the sinewy horror of a praying mantis. The pastels mimic natural color themes found somewhere between chlorophyll and entomology.

This Royale model also features a single neck pickup format which lets the guitar resonate to its fullest extent. The pickup is a Lindy Fralin humbucker which sounds very good indeed robust, full spectrum and cooperative.

To see images of this guitar taken during the building process, check out the Blog post Royale Archtop.

Specimen Custom Archtop Electric Guitar
Specimen Custom Archtop Electric Guitar
Specimen Custom Archtop Electric Guitar
Specimen Custom Archtop Electric Guitar
Specimen Custom Archtop Electric Guitar
Specimen Custom Archtop Electric Guitar
Specimen Custom Archtop Electric Guitar
Specimen Custom Archtop Electric Guitar