It’s been a long time since I posted about the Finish custom guitar builder Amfisound, in fact it was way back in July 2008 so another mention is long overdue! Thankfully I was contacted by an Amfisound customer called Gregory B who wanted a custom Jaguar style guitar with modern appointments, playability and his favourite tool a Floyd Rose Trem.

My goal was to go through the whole building process together with the guitar’s maker, Sampo. This was done right from the start with the wood selection, for example I picked my fingerboard amongst around 20 different pieces of wood. I was kept informed with pics of the evolution, big or small, of the guitar. Of course, this allowed room for questions/clarifications and last minute changes. I believe this “step by step” process really makes a difference and creates a strong and personal bound with the instrument, right from the start.

Here are the guitar specs:

  • Body: light alder
  • Neck: maple
  • Fretboard: pao ferro with white binding
  • Frets: 22, stainless steel, medium-jumbo
  • 12″ – 16″ compound radius
  • Scale: 25,5″
  • Gotoh GE 1996T Floyd rose
  • Pickups: Ray Gerold E-type custom coils
  • 3 tone sunburst glossed finish
  • E flat tuning, 10-52 gauge

Controls:

  • Higher bout (towards player’s head)
  • -Lead / Rhythm circuits switch
  • -Rhythm volume and tone* roller controls

Lower bout

  • -Neck pickup on/off switch
  • -Bridge pickup on/off switch
  • -Bass cut on/off switch
  • Lead volume and tone*

* = the rhythm tone control has the same “vintage” specs (50k) as the original Jaguar one. Therefore, when turned all the way down, it has a rather dark and muffled sound. The lead tone control is more modern (250k), creating two easily switchable, very different sounds.

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