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Johan Gustavsson Astrocaster, Preowned

Johan Gustavsson Astrocaster, Preowned

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preowned like new condition

In the Gustavsson orbit, Johan’s Astrocaster is as rare as they come. We 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 we ever had a chance to post them on the website. Simply put, the AC 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.

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CRAIG'S POV

CONDITION: On consignment from the original owner who bought the guitar directly from JG. Like knew condition with paperwork included.

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 AC 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 Shell Pink 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.

Note: Gustavssons have been very hard to come by lately, even for me. His output is low, prices are rising, and there are very long wait lists. So if an Astrocaster is on your radar, here is your chance to add one to your collection.

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 #38816
Bodyalder
Neck materialrock maple
FingerboardBrazilian rosewood
Pickguardwhite/black/white
Neck shapeJG '59 round
Scale length25.5"
Fingerboard radius9.5" - 12"
Nut width1 11/16"
Nutbone
PickupsFender Eric Johnson
Controls3 way blade / volume / tone
BridgeCallaham
TunersKluson Deluxe
Finishistressed shell pink
Weight7.1 lbs
CaseGG poodle hardcase
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