Featured Special Select: Thorn Grantura
"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..." - Craig
Featured Special Select: James Tyler Classic - Dann Huff Chrome
"I just love Tyler's Black Classic. I'm also a big fan of Tyler's Dann Huff model. So what I had Jim build here is a marriage of the two models - a Black Classic with the Dann Huff electronic package. It's sort of an LA Studio Classic on steroids, or a Dann Huff model with chrome hardware. However you choose to look at it, this guitar is just killer! With the quietness of the upgraded Duncan stacks combined with the Huff series parallel buttons and Tyler's mid range boost circuitry you have an extremely versatile sounding guitar, perfect for stage or studio.
"Light, resonant, vibey, with a fabulous neck, this guitar has all the goodness that Tyler lovers expect, and then some. It combines a unique and potent recipe derived from Mike Landau's original Black Tyler and Dann Huff's souped up Black Tyler.
"The neck is Tyler-comfy and is his standard ’59 profile. Jim’s dedication to pure excellence in guitar making is evident in every aspect of the instrument; frets, finish, feel, it’s something Tyler somehow manages to instill in every instrument I’ve had the pleasure of having in the shop..." - 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
Collings C10 Collection
As I've written many times before, my personal tastes leans toward smaller body acoustics. In my opinion, the Collings C10 model is close to perfection when it comes to smaller bodied guitars. Collings has built this model as a perfect platform to allow the player to customize this guitar to his or her taste while being able to keep the core integrity of the guitar totally intact. At CR Guitars we have a selection of C10's that were custom designed with the player in mind. Check out the pictures, specifications and descriptions and let me know if you have any questions. Enjoy!!
The four guitars in set are (in the order seen above):
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.
The superbly flamed maple neck is a classic ‘56 soft V shape with a wonderful cabinet aged upgraded “Sun Storm” grained Brazilian rosewood board. Scott Lentz's '56 profile neck is as good as I’ve ever felt. It is just inspired!
What makes this guitar extra special is that it was built with a Vintage Now neck and bridge spacing, along with being short scale ( 24 7/8"). There is a certain quality of woody wonderfulness to this mahogany top version of the Collings OM...
This Signature is a Tyler through and through. There’s S style, some T style and a whole lot of Jim Tyler style. It’s a treat, a delight, and the pinnacle of what Jim Tyler is all about as a master builder and guitar genius...
The Collings CL Jazz is a rare legendary model guitar conceived by the brilliant Bill Collings. It is a remarkably responsive instrument with a lively, sensitive, woody tone...
The Skylark idea began with Carr's love and appreciation for classic home/student '60s American amps (such as the Harvard to name but one)...
Even if you are not currently a lap steel player, here is your chance to jump in and learn on one of the coolest looking and best sounding lap steels out there. This little monster can be sweet and buttery or scream like a wild beast when really pushed...
This offering has the distinction of being classically dressed with Italian tortoiseshell for the pickguard, binding, knobs and switch tip. The workmanship is remarkable and the sound is very alive and seductive...
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...'
This Electric Archie Custom is just effortless to play. A joy. Through an amp, this is just perfect for any gig. It is hard to imagine you’d ever need anything else. And it has a phenomenal acoustic sound; bigger than an unplugged L-5. It’s not overbuilt. It’s alive.
Collings nailed this guitar, right down to the tiny details; the ones that really make a difference. And as icing on the cake the pickups are upgraded to Throbaks - just superb humbuckers with soul, character and individuality...
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...
To play this guitar is to play bespoke perfection. Fit and finish is what you would expect from Collings.., simply outstanding. The upgraded Throbak pickups are rich with a wonderful natural smoothness and touch sensitivity...
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...
It is doubtful you will find another example as pristine as this one. What impresses though is that with all the time-consuming art and exquisite wood selection involved with this guitar, the playability is not overlooked.
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...