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Gustavsson Bluesmaster-S Burst

Gustavsson Bluesmaster-S Burst

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Featured in the CRGuitars Gustavsson unboxing video

Don't let the F-holes fool you. This doesn't sound like a 335. It has a more nuanced and sophisticated quality to its sound. More soul, more vibe. The Bluesmaster-S is a guitar that brings out what you put in. Your sound, your heart, and your inspiration. It's an instrument meant to played. Well done Johan!

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Johan's objective with the Bluesmaster-S was simple: To add some air around the notes. Here’s what he says: “I have maintained the familiar Bluesmaster ‘59 perimeter, while radically altering the construction, utilizing a solid center block with a carved top and back. The S – for semi -comes standard with Mahogany back, sides and a carved Eastern Maple top.”


By now I think it's clear that I have a deep fondness for Gustavsson guitars. My experience with his Bluesmaster and Futuremaster models have given me a deep respect for Johan's supreme skills as a builder, and I’ve been knocked out by the transcendent quality and Mojo of the guitars themselves.

Each of his guitars I've played has its own personality and yet share something very special. Some people call it the feel and sound of old wood, which is something that only shows up in either great vintage guitars or with a very few fine modern builders. I've always referred to that special quality as a guitar with a "wooden spine"  - a sense that there is this wonderful resonance from end to end. It’s as if there was a spine in the guitar that connected every vibration, giving it a woodiness that is hard to define. At the same time, every player knows and feels it when they experience it. I once asked Jimmy D'Aquisto, the master archtop maker, about that because all of his guitars seemed to have it. He told me that if you start with the right choice of materials all you need to do after that is get the geometry right and put it together perfectly. Every glue joint has to be solid. Every curve needs to serve a purpose. Basically I think what he was saying was that a builder has to be in tune with all the little things that make up a great guitar and then perform every procedure with art and skill.

You can imagine, then, that I was really excited to play his new model, the Bluesmaster-S.

He nailed it. Simple as that.

This guitar has it all.

The beauty that you expect from this builder, the kind of playability that inspires, the finest materials, wonderfully rich tones that come from a perfect set of Throbak pickups  that drive every note and nuance from this beauty’s "wooden spine."

If you’re familiar with Johan’s guitars, and are trying to wrap your head around how the S model might sound, think Bluesmaster with more air and woodiness surrounding each note. The tonal palette is wide. The guitar is very touch sensitive, with a truly sweet - almost syrupy quality. It’s just soaked with a rich throatiness.

And don't let the F-holes fool you. This doesn't sound like a 335 to me. It has a more nuanced and sophisticated quality to its sound. More soul, more vibe.

The Bluesmaster-S is a guitar that brings out what you put in. Your sound, your heart, and your inspiration. It's an instrument meant to played. Well done Johan!

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.

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.

Bodysemi hollow body contruction with solid center block
Neckset neck with 1959 LP style extended tenon
Toppremium grade carved 9/16" flame eastern maple with bound F-holes
Backcarved and bound premium grade 1.9" mahogany
Bindingcreme colored "royalite" binding (top and back)
Pickguard5 ply black/white
Neck shaperound 59" .874"-.960"
Scale length24.75"
Fingerboard radius12"
Nut width1.685"
Neck materialone piece mahogany neck with 1959 LP style extended tenon
Fretboardpremium Brazilian rosewood
TrusrodGustavsson dual action trussrod (vintage compression style single rod with no condom)
Fingerboard bindingcreme coloured "royalite" binding
Fretboard inlaysvintage moto crown inlays
Side dotstortoise
Headstock overlayholly veneer
Headstock inlaypearl JG logo
PickupsThrobak SLE 101 mxv Ltd
Controls3 way toggle, master volume, master tone control
BridgeGustavsson intonatable wraparound bridge
TunersKluson Deluxe Keystone tuners
Finishfaded cherry burst high gloss nitrocellulose lacquer without plasticisers
CaseJG/G & G rectangular hardshell (brown with pink lining)
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