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Gustavsson ‘59 Bluesmaster Custom—Circa 2009

Gustavsson ‘59 Bluesmaster Custom—Circa 2009

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circa 2009 9/10 condition

Johan built this for a renowned ‘burst aficionado. And he built it to very specific standards. After all, he was doing it for someone who has a number of stellar vintage instruments, and who knew exactly what he wanted. This one is simply a superlative instrument. All the vibe, all the DNA, all the glorious tonality and sustain that characterize the definitive set neck solid body guitar are here for your playing pleasure.

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CRAIG'S POV

There are Bluesmasters, and then there are Bluesmasters.

This one is very special. So special, in fact, that when the opportunity presented itself, I bought it. Among Johann’s extraordinary takes on the ’59 LP this one has grabbed me by the soul. I just adore it.

To me, it doesn’t get any better than this.

Johan built this for a renowned ‘burst aficionado. And he built it to very specific standards. After all, he was doing it for someone who has a number of stellar vintage instruments, and who knew exactly what he wanted.

The full neck shape was taken from a favorite burst, and faithfully recreated by Johan’s gifted hands. The weight was even spec’d out based on years of experience - the order was placed by a man who knows from ‘59s.

Uniquely among Johan’s superlative Bluesmasters, it has a hand selected maple top that accurately captures the mojo of a vintage burst, and original style celluloid inlays.

It’s simply a superlative instrument. All the vibe, all the DNA, all the glorious tonality and sustain that characterize the definitive set neck solid body guitar are here for your playing pleasure.

It’s inspiring, soulful, and shines incredibly brightly among the fantastic instruments of Johan’s I’ve had the pleasure of playing.

Yes, it’s that great. A simply spectacular instrument that will inspire you every day.

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 number21809
Bodysolid Honduran mahogany
Tophand selected flame maple
FretboardBrazilian rosewood
PickupsThroback SLW-101 LTD
TunersGotoh "Kluson"
BridgeJG wraptail
Inlaysoriginal celluloid burst
Finishnitro vintage cherry burst
Weight8.7 lbs
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