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Gustavsson Astrocaster Sherwood Green, 2015

Gustavsson Astrocaster Sherwood Green, 2015

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Preowned, 2015

Simply put, the Astrocaster is a world class guitar that mines all the goodness of a great vintage Strat and imbues them with Johan Gustavsson's own incredible artistry and craftsmanship. On consignment is a 2015 JG Astrocaster in mint condition with CITIES paperwork included. The original Klein pickups have been changed to Virgil Arlo with the originals included in the case. Please note that the photos included here, taken before the pickups were upgraded, depict the guitar with its original pickups.

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CRAIG'S POV

On consignment, a 2015 JG Astrocaster in mint condition with CITIES paperwork included. The original Klein pickups have been changed to Virgil Arlo with the originals included in the case. Please note that the photos included here, taken before the pickups were upgraded, depict the guitar with its original pickups.

In the Gustavsson orbit, Johan's Astrocaster is as rare as they come. I have had the pleasure of having three of these coveted beauties in the shop in the last few years, all of which have sold before I ever had a chance to post them on my site. Simply put, the Astrocaster is a world class guitar that mines all the goodness of a great vintage Strat and imbues them with Johan's own incredible artistry and craftsmanship. Johan is a forward thinking guitar maker. He has absorbed the original recipes that inspired his various models and then added his own personal brand of magic sauce that elevate his guitars to the highest level of playability and esthetic. Just look at his distressed Sherwood Green finish on this AC. To my eyes and my soul it is perfection! The neck profile is so sweet and addictive I honestly have a hard time putting it down. Johan selected some very fine woods for this baby, which translates into a guitar that is acoustically resonant and light weight. Plugged in, it just kills, offering all the tones that you would expect from a builder who, as a fine player, knows exactly what a great vintage Strat should sound like.

If you'd like to find out more about this item, just call or e-mail me. It would be my pleasure to talk to you about it.

ABOUT JOHAN GUSTAVSSON GUITARS
It's probably fair to say that there have been few builders who’ve made as deep an impact on the contemporary guitar world as quickly as Johan Gustavsson. He’s taken the ’59 burst to a level that you likely haven’t experienced from any other builder. Johan's first exposure to a fine guitar was via his teacher, Robert Larsson, who had (as Johan puts it) “an old beaten up 1960 Les Paul Standard.” It was then he realized just what a great guitar could be. The experience continued when Johan got a part time job at one of the few places importing vintage guitars to Sweden from the U.S. (fifties Gibson Les Paul Goldtops, Juniors, pre-CBS Strats, Teles and Jazzmasters, etc). The exposure to that level of guitar and to that many great instruments had a great influence on his work as a guitar maker. Again – the quality of those guitars showed the possibilities inherent in the instrument. Johan has always been more attracted to the Gibson style of making guitars (with carved maple tops and glued in necks), and this is reflected in his most famous, and current model, the Bluesmaster Custom 59. A Gustavsson guitar is a Gustavsson guitar. His shop consists of Johan and an able assistant who was trained at the London Guild Hall University (and is a wonderful guitarist). That’s both good and bad news. The good news is that Johan’s genius is evident in every guitar he creates. The bad news is that since he makes them all himself, there are never many available. It’s a rare treat to play one. Simply superb.

Serial #36815
Bodyalder
PickupsVirgil Arlo Strat pickups (original Kleins in case)
Neck materialrock maple
FingerboardBrazilian rosewood
Pickguardwhite/black/white
Neck shapeJG '59 round
Scale length25.5"
25.5"9.5"-12"
Nut width1 11/16"
Nutbone
Controls3 way blade / volume / tone
BridgeCallaham
TunersKluson Deluxe
Finishdistressed sherwood green
Weight7.4 lbs
Otherdistressed hardware
CaseGG poodle hardcase
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