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Ron Thorn DeLuxe Tea Burst

Ron Thorn DeLuxe Tea Burst

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This beauty is offered in a stunning dark ice tea burst finish with a root beer shaded back. Just lovely! Like all Thorns, the workmanship is truly exceptional. But what stands out on this Deluxe, is its "voice." The tone is absolutely remarkable. There is a certain depth and richness that is present, sort of LP like, but with remarkable balance and articulation. Nothing muddy or murky here. The notes are thick and rich and soulful.

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IN CRAIG'S WORDS:
Leo Fender had a vision of what an electric guitar could and should be. So did Les Paul. As did Paul Reed Smith. To that illustrious list, I would add Ron Thorn.

We're so inspired by his instruments. He comes at the guitar with a singular point of view, and has the talent, skill and dedication to make it a reality. It has always been very important to me to find those kinds of dedicated people and make them part of my life, my music, and now, my business. One of the greatest pleasures I’ve experienced over my career has been to have the joy of playing guitars by builders I admire. Now, that pleasure is multiplied many times over by getting to know the builders themselves.

I hope that helps explain why I’m so thrilled to represent Ron Thorn and be the exclusive distributor for his new model, the Thorn DeLuxe.

Here’s what’s remarkable about this guitar. Ron stood back and asked: "What’s the best way to transmit my soul, my sensibilities, and my point of view into what an electric guitar can and should be?"

There’s a classic anecdote in which an Indian wood carver is asked: “How do you carve such beautiful elephants?” He replied “I look at the piece of wood and take away every part that isn’t an elephant.” Ron operates in a sort of reverse sense. What’s the best thing I can add to make a fantastic instrument, not for the sake of being different, for the goal of being better? Mies Van Der Rohe famously said: “God is in the details.” And I know no other builder that has taken that dictum to heart as thoroughly as Ron Thorn.

His lutherie skills are not just beyond reproach; they’re legendary. He’s the sole person given the privilege of making inlays for the Fender Custom shop. He comes from a family of fine carpenters, and has an amazing collection of fine woods. He’s also an engineer of the highest skill. He’s among that rarified group of builders that makes everything on the instrument to satisfy his own exceedingly high standards.

Every detail counts. Every one.

He winds his own pickups. For over seven years, his fretboards have featured hidden fret ends. His binding is scraped – not routed. Look closely, and you’ll note that his guitars have purfline – an exceedingly fine outline of inlaid wood normally found on archtops or violins. It’s maddeningly difficult and time consuming. Not finding a tremolo to suit his needs, he makes his own – and it is the best tremolo I have ever used. Period. That’s Ron in a nutshell; and a demonstration of what his expectations of a guitar should be. You’ll be blown away.

The Deluxe is an extraordinary instrument. You’ll note some influences here and there. But the totality is completely unique. It has an incredibly vocal like quality to the transients of the sound. A mid-range clarity and focus that is irrestistable. Please understand, though that this mid-range beauty isn’t at the expense of a rich low end, nor by losing top end clarity.  Nothing  good is lost. There’s simply no flubbiness in the lows, nor any unpleasing piercing qualities at the high end. It sings. (For lack of a better way to describe the sonority, think of Larry Carlton’s “Kid Charlemagne” sound) – It’s like someone singing a solo, right?

The Thorn DeLuxe is an opportunity for you to savor all of Ron’s exquisite aesthetic sensibilities while experiencing all the mojo and playability any guitarist will find exhilarating to plug in and play. Just as Thorn’s esthetics stimulate your visual senses, the DeLuxe brings it full circle to fill your ears, your heart and your soul with joy.

CRAIG'S POV

Well, another magnificent Thorn Deluxe has arrived. This beauty is offered in a stunning dark ice tea burst finish with a root beer shaded back. Just lovely! Like all Thorns, the workmanship is truly exceptional. But what stands out on this Deluxe, and I mean really STANDS OUT on this guitar is its "voice." The tone is absolutely remarkable. There is a certain depth and richness that is present, sort of LP like, but with remarkable balance and articulation. Nothing muddy or murky here. The notes are thick and rich and soulful.

It's not just the tone that gives this curly maple top winner its attitude. The neck profile is spot on. A little fuller than Thorn's medium and less meat than his full '59. Just perfect.

One of the things that I just love about this model is that Ron added a certain vintage esthetic that is never lost. The choice of woods, the finish, the pickups all harken back to a certain era and yet this guitar is not a copy of anything. A perfect blend of new and old. All it takes is someone to play it. For those of you who have been searching for an exceptional twin humbucker, I think you would be hard pressed to find a better playing guitar than this particular Deluxe.

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 THORN CUSTOM GUITARS
Raised in a family of carpenters, Ron Thorn had access to a home wood shop for as long as he can remember. Repairing, modifying and building guitars since age 13, his specialty became precision inlay work and by the mid '90s he became the sole inlay artist for the Fender Custom Shop, a position he is still proud to retain today. In 2000 Ron began putting the Thorn name on the headstocks of some of the many guitars he was building and today, with his father and the rest of “team Thorn” - John Gaudesi, Nick Viglienzoni, Tony Ramirez, Glenn Matejzel and Martin Bravo, Thorn’s Glendale, CA operation builds approximately 50 custom guitars a year. Those who know, know Ron as one of the most brilliantly talented luthiers and inlay artists of the 21st century. It is a reputation that has earned him a following that is best described as "near fanatical."

Modeldeluxe
Serial #30701
Completion date3/30/14
Bodyribbon mahogany
Topcarved curly maple
FretboardBrazilian rosewood
Neck carveFat "C" .865/.965
Radius12"
Fretwire6150
PickupsThorn Pasadena, '80N~ neck, '86N~ bridge
Finishnitro lacquer, drak iced tea burst top, rootbeer back
String gauge10-46
Weight8.15 lbs
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