This Drop Top Classic is drop dead gorgeous! The abalone finish accentuates the figure in the maple top so that it really pops while the transparent purple edges, back and headstock are a deep rich Royal Triton. The natural binding sets the whole scheme off in fine fashion. As splendid as this guitar looks, however, the tone and sheer playability are even more remarkable. The maple top adds to the familiar friendly tone of the alder body by focusing the bottom end & extending the treble response thus creating a clearer, punchier sound that has plenty of body but no mud or murkiness. There is a notable sweetness to every note coupled with seemingly endless sustain. It's crazy how many tones & nuances can be unlocked just by changing picking dynamic.
The 24.75" Gibson scale length gives more emphasis to the low midrange so the guitar sounds a bit fuller and chunkier than a 25.5" scale instrument not to mention making it a more comfortable instrument to play. When played through a clean amp the guitar is very articulate but never hard sounding. Funk rhythms, chicken pickin' & arpeggios are dispatched with grace and aplomb. Introduce a little gain and single notes hang forever just dripping with swelling overtones. Crunch rhythms are chunky but never flubby no matter how much distortion or bass is employed while high gain leads really sing & scream.
The SF1 pickups breathe single coil sparkle in a hum-canceling package while the H2+ has a thick, warm punch but still splits well. The neck is slim and fast but not too skinny with a consistent feel from the first position all the way up. The contoured heel provides easy access to the upper register. The wedge neck pocket provides more contact area between neck & body and literally locks the neck in place. Fretwork is immaculate & the Buzz Feiten tuning system insures that even the tightest chord clusters play in tune all the way up the neck. Fit & finish are absolutely flawless.
7 pounds 4 ounces
Drop Top Classic
- Serial Number 03-03-20N
- Alder Body
- Flame Maple Top on Alder Body
- Maple Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard
- Shorty (24 3/4") Scale Length
- Matching Headstock, Satin Natural Neck Back
- 1 11/16-inch Nut Width, Heavy Frets
- Even-Taper +.030 Neck Back Shape
- Buzz Feiten Tuning System
- Chrome Hardware
- Pearl White (off white) Pickguard
- SF1 SF1 H2+ Pickups
- 5-Way: 3=M, N+B with Splitter Switching
- .010-.046 Elixir Strings
- Hardshell Case included