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Gustavsson Futuremaster

Gustavsson Futuremaster

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The neck on this Futuremaster is perfect, that full C Gustavsson carve that feels like you are playing a mint ’59 set neck, but carved on the day when all the stars were in perfect alignment. The controls, volume, volume and master tone, are all in line and easily reachable, and you'll love the toggle switch position at the tip of the pickguard; the placement is very practical, making pickup switching a real joy.

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CRAIG'S POV

I am exceedingly fortunate to have two of Johan’s Futuremasters at hand.  First, because Johan’s guitars are rare enough already, and second, because once again the magic and mystery of great guitars are in full force here.

A little back story on both Futuremasters.

Johan worked with guitar wizard Matte Henderson on this design, which began with the idea of taking the goodness of vintage Korina wood “V” and “Explorer” style guitars from the late ‘50s and redistributing those weight and key design elements into his Bluesmaster body style. Johan’s goal was to retain the sonic quality and beauty of those vintage instruments. but in a much more usable, and ergonomic format.

After building a number of prototypes, the Futuremaster emerged. Both examples have a solid korina body and neck, and a rosewood fingerboard. That’s it. Just three pieces of fine wood. Exquisite. The Futuremaster is almost zen-like in the aim to reduce an object to the fewest possible, yet perfectly executed elements. In short, absolute simplicity, all dedicated to creating beautiful music.

The neck tenon and body heel joint were patterned after the ’58 Flying V and Explorer models, with a tenon that reaches deeply into the body of the guitar.

This is one superlative guitar. The sound, in a word, fantastic!  In four words, warm, articulate, soulful, deep. It has a perfect balance between warmth and articulation, and a very individual voice. Compared to its twin brother it has a slightly more crystalline quality to the sound. While it doesn’t sound like a Strat by any means, it leans more in that direction than its brother. The Futuremaster really is a perfect--maybe THE perfect--guitar for someone who loves both bolt-on and set-neck guitars. But it makes no compromises and is nothing short of its own, beautiful thing.

The neck is perfect, that full C Gustavsson carve that feels like you are playing a mint ’59 set neck, but carved on the day when all the stars were in perfect alignment. The controls, volume, volume and master tone, are all in line and easily reachable, and I love the toggle switch position at the tip of the pickguard; the placement is very practical, making pickup switching a real joy.

You could do anything with either of the Futurmasters (I know, I’ve tried). Bring this one guitar to a gig or session and you’ve really got about every possible style covered. Yet this is no mere Swiss Army knife guitar. It’s an inspiring, music-making thing of wonder.

This Futuremaster weighs 7.8 lbs. It has a beautiful bird’s eye figure in the grain, and is slightly brighter, the tone a little more pellucid. That’s really the magic and mystery of a fantastic guitar. Same materials, pickups, wiring, design, meticulous build, etc., yet it is not a clone or a carbon copy of the other Futuremaster I’m lucky to have on hand. It has its own individuality, own character, own place in the universe. Just like its brother.

What that means is you really need to experience them both, or call me so I can explain their details to you in person. I’d be delighted to try and help you sort them out.

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.

Bodykorina
Neckwhite limba (korina)
FretboardBrazilian rosewood (with CITES certification)
PickupsThroback SLE 101 MVX LTD, with coil tap
Controls2x volume, master tone
TunersGotoh Kluson
BridgeGustavsson wraptail
Fretsstainless
Scale24.625”
Radius12"
Finishvintage yellow nitro
Set up.010 - .046
Weight7.8 lbs
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