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Gustavsson Semi Hollow Masterpieces

Gustavsson Semi Hollow Masterpieces

Price: $--SOLD, multiple guitars

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hard shell case included

Here is an expo of various Johan Gustavsson Semi Hollows, otherwise referred to as the Bluesmaster-S and Dotmaster that moved through CR Guitars before we could even list them here on our website. Before going home with their new owners we were able to photograph them and here we have posted a spread of those photos for your enjoyment. Read on for a lush expo on these amazing instruments.

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The Johan Gustavsson Semi-Hollows, otherwise referred to as the Bluesmaster-S and Dotmaster have been stopping briefly here at CR Guitars on their way to cherishing owners. A gang of them recently came through and sold before we could even post them on our website (a good reason to give us a call if you're interested in one of these amazing guitars). But before handing them over to their respective new owners we took the time to photograph them and here we have posted a spread of those photos for your enjoyment.



To me, all great guitar makers have their own thing, their slice of the universe, an oasis where they can express their own vision of what they believe a guitar can be. The fortunate ones get an audience that appreciates their work and gives them an opportunity to share their creations and to continue to refine their art.

Johan Gustavsson is in that elite class of builder.

Johan not only builds great guitars, but has that spark that inspires players to become intensely connected to his work. His guitars are discussed, revered, analyzed and sought after.

What I appreciate most is that in my personal relationship with Johan I have found not just a builder who truly cares about every detail and a builder who "gets it" in his DNA, but a great friend and a true humble seeker of refinement, who shares a passion and knowledge.

Johan goes deep, deep, into what makes a great guitar...great. It's a passion we both share and hopefully share with everyone who comes along for the ride.

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 maple with F-holes
Backcarved and bound premium grade 1.9" mahogany
Bindingcreme colored "royalite" (top and back)
Pickguard5 ply black/white
Neck shaperound 59" .874"-.960"
Scale length24.75"
Fingerboard radius12"
Nut width1.685"
Fretboardpremium Brazilian rosewood
TrussrodGustavsson dual action trussrod (vintage compression style single rod with no condom)
Fingerboard bindingcreme coloured "royalite"
Fretboard inlaysvintage moto crown or vintage dots
Side dotstortoise
Headstock overlay/inlayholly veneer / pearl JG logo
PickupsThrobak SLE 101 mxv Ltd
Controls3 way toggle, master volume, master tone control
BridgeGustavsson intonatable wraparound bridge
TunersKluson Deluxe Keystone tuners
Finishhigh gloss nitrocellulose lacquer without plasticisers (various colors)
CaseJG/G & G rectangular hardshell
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