Featured Special Select: Thorn Grantura ‘Vintage Natural’
"There’s a 10% difference between excellent and sublime. I just gave that an arbitrary number (since you can’t really measure it), but bear with me while I explain.
"Think of Phil Wood’s famous solo on Billy Joel’s “Just the way you are.” Any number of excellent musicians could’ve been called for the session. And they all would’ve laid down an excellent solo. But Phil’s solo killed it. It was the producer’s pushing for that extra 10% that made all the difference, right? It’s sublime.
"I think Ron Thorn has done just that with his newest creation: The Thorn Grantura. He stood back and looked at one of the iconic guitar forms (the thinline semi-hollow) and asked himself: What if I did everything possible to add the 10% that would make this a sublime instrument? What if I took the same fanatical attention to every detail that makers have done with ’59 LPs, S- and T- models, and created something truly amazing?
"So he did ."
Featured Special Select: Yanuziello Jet Black Electric, Pre-owned
"I feel very fortunate to be able to offer this excellent ++ condition 2013/14 pre-owned Yanuziello for your consideration. This jet black stunner sports a modded Bigsby tailpiece. As with all Yaz’s, the workmanship, playability and materials are top notch. A unique feature on this guitar is the use of Fralin Johnny Smith mini humbuckers, which give the guitar a hum free boldness while still retaining the chime-like transparent quality that makes Joe’s guitars sound so unique.
"The sound is clear with in your face harmonic overtones and wide dynamic range. From the electronics to the modified Bigsby, to the wonderfully carved maple / Brazilian neck profile, this Yaz speaks volumes to me. I’d also like to add that the handmade compensated aluminum bridge is a fine work of craftsmanship in itself. No detail is overlooked on a Yaz. I found this guitar so special that I’ve included an additional review by my good friend and amazing guitarist Mark Dziuba. I deeply respect Mark’s guitar observations and like to share them with you..." - Craig
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Cornish Pedals - a new batch is in
We have received a new batch of Cornish pedals and wanted to let you know as they will very likely be going fast. Pete Cornish's client list is a who's who of rock 'n roll history, from David Gilmore to Brian May to Paul McCartney, they're music's elite. Pete originated many of the pedal designs with which we are all so familiar. The thing about Cornish devices is they are roadworthy on a military-grade level. From the beginning they had to be because of who Pete tended to work for. His devices aren't gimmicks, they're the completely hand-wired full-out real ORGANIC thing. And the noise issue that we're all familiar with in commercial pedals is just gone on the Cornish devices.
We have the full lineup in stock, including both the grey box and battery free versions so simply SEND US AN EMAIL to reserve yours now.
Park Amps, Now at CR Guitars
Good things happen! And Park Amps is one of those good things. We couldn't be more pleased to announce that Park Amps can now be obtained at CR Guitars. Many of you know that Park amps were a classic back in their day. And now, thanks to the recognition that a good idea can be good again, they are being re-created in all their glory as new amp builds with the same old spark as before. That's right, Park amps are newly manufactured guitar amps that faithfully recreate the sound, feel and look of some of the best British made amps from the 1960s and 1970s. The first available amps use the traditional 45 and 50 circuits that have been made classic on so many of the best blues and rock recordings from the 1960s through the present. The man behind Park is Mitch Colby who had a 30 year relationship with two of the most iconic British amp companies. Make no mistake, these amps are re-created faithfully, down to the hard-to-find NOS parts and tried and true tube circuits. That's the only way Mitch Colby would have it. Thanks Mitch!
Manzer Metheny Signature Comes To CR Guitars
CR Guitars is honored to be chosen as the USA dealer for the Manzer-Metheny Signature 6 Limited Edition model guitar. These guitars reach to the very depths of our concept of hand selected. Out of the limited stock of 30 guitars, Linda Manzer will personally chose special examples specifically for CR Guitars. We've said it before but it bears repeating - what a great time to be alive!...Read More
Gustavssons That Graced Our Shop
A rare set of Gustavssons came through CR Guitars recently and we wanted to take this opportunity to give you a look at these wonderful guitars. Like many luthiers, Johan Gustavsson can only produce a certain number of guitars a year and with sky high demand it is indeed a special day when one Gustavsson, let alone a set of four arrives at our doorstep. They've all been sold, but for those of you who like to torture yourselves with what could have been (and what could be in the future if you contact us) here's a great spead of luxurious photos to drool over. SWEET DREAMS!...Read More
Colby Comes To CR Guitars
Our customers share something in common with Mitch Colby of Colby Amplification; caring deeply about tone. After a 40 year career based around amplifiers Mitch started Colby Amplification with a desire to produce the very best possible tube guitar amplifiers, amplifiers that have been designed with tone as the number one focus. Period. Everything possible is done to keep the signal path pure, all tube, and sounding great. With that kind of approach we at CR guitars felt that Colby was a great candidate for our limited lineup of amps. Indeed, Colby's creations fit perfectly with our hand-selected ethic - they are boutique all the way!...Read More
Acoustics, Hand Selected for You
We here at CR Guitars have done quite a lot of research on our selection of acoustic guitars. They're a rare cross section of instruments hand selected to appeal to a very special breed of guitar buyers - our customers. You see, we don't just select great acoustic guitars - there are plenty of those. We select exceptional acoustic guitars that have characteristics that will make them particularly noteworthy, not only for an acoustic player but for the electric musician. From specific neck shapes and body styles to incredible playability, we look for the acoustics that will knock an electrics player's socks off. A quick glance at our lineup should be pretty convincing - we carry, now or in the future, acoustics by: Collings, George Lowden, Raymond Kraut, Jason Kostal, Michi Matsuda, Joe Veillette and of course the oh-so-flexible Blackbirds. So take a look. We think you'll be surprised.
We love the Collings SoCo Deluxe. We also love the Collings City Limits archtop. So why not try combining the best of both? We talked to Collings about marrying the two together, and the result is what you see here...
I’ve known Steve for many years - since the late ‘90s - and he’s built some wonderful guitars for me. He is a justifiably renowned builder of fine archtops, and there’s one guitar he makes that almost defines him: The “Little Archie,” a 14 inch archtop that’s legendary.
This is a traditional ‘S’ style guitar in the deepest possible sense. A holy grail Strat that feels as if someone went to the original Fender factory during its early glory days when the stars were in perfect alignment and the wheel of Karma was pointing straight at a great guitar.
Featuring three Blackface pickups from Jason Lollar under custom contoured Bakelite covers, a Gotoh tremolo bridge and a choice of ash or alder body woods, the 360 ST explores the tonal potential of this classic configuration.
The tone just bleeds out of the guitar, with clarity and voice that is just alive. John Lennon once said “I can make a guitar speak. I can make it howl and move”. You’ll know what he meant as soon as you plug this in...
This guitar is not only stunning to look at, but is, acoustically, a truly superb version of what a fine modern Brazilian rosewood guitar can sound like. A very balanced, rich, woody tone that projects like a cannon when pushed...
The responsiveness of this guitar is so satisfying. The notes bloom when played with the lightest touch - and the guitar jumps to attention when played with authority. It can whisper or ‘burst...'
Remember the Downbeat Magazine Talent Deserving Wider Recognition? This Collings Mahogany SoCo Standard should be given the award in perpetuity. It’s just a great, great guitar...
The first thing that will grab your attention about this guitar is its absolutely stunning bear claw spruce top. This Angelus Cutaway has a big, clear, bell-like tone that delivers a cannon-like volume level...
With its dog-eared P90s this guitar has such a wonderfully honest character. They’re custom wound, and the guitar is rich and woody and warm and blistery all in one package...
Stunning old growth Brazilian back and sides with a mesmerizing bear claw spruce top are the backbone of this build. The guitar has an elegant, classic, warm, rich aesthetic with a sonorous tonal palette all its own...
Says Manzer, “Pat Metheny and I have enjoyed an amazing friendship and artistic collaboration that has resulted in some ground breaking and stunning musical instruments. From my hands to his hands magic has been made...
Teuffel’s design of the Tesla is purposeful – from a psychological and a mechanical view. Everything on it (aside from the fret wire and strings) is crafted with meticulous skill by Ulrich himself...