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Swope MG CRG Custom

Swope MG CRG Custom

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This MG offering is chock full of high end boutique essentials. The guitar deserved a bit of a star studded treatment. Chris Swope took his basic MG and upgraded it as much as he could for a CR Guitars custom version. That means a roasted birdseye maple for the neck, a luscious, beautiful and incredibly warm feeling dark chocolate Brazilian rosewood fingerboard and a select lightweight resonant swamp ash. The goal was to elevate the esthetics of the guitar because Swope's guitars deserve it

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CRAIG'S POV

I've known Chris Swope for quite a few years, from back when he was working for Roger Sadowsky. There are few places that are better training grounds for builders than Roger's shop. He has a clientele of the most demanding and discerning pro players, and working for Roger is a master class on learning the differences between a good and a great guitar. Following his time with Roger, Chris went on to join the Gibson Custom Shop.

Chris, like all of my builders, goes to great lengths to make an instrument that is well thought out, skillfully built, with a laser focus on the end user. That's why I'm so pleased to welcome him as a new builder for me to represent at CR guitars.

His MG platform is steeped in the Fullerton tradition, but is far more dynamic than you might expect from a bolt on model. Chris crafts his own pickups, and the pickups on this particular model are inspired by old lap steels. They're superb; fat, rich and clear. In addition, the MG comes equipped with a push pull pot that engages them both - in effect creating a warm, rich humbucker sound. The note definition from the highs to the lows are spot on. The sum total is a guitar that's very versatile and totally engaging. The bridge pickup offers lots of shimmer and spank while the neck pickup has the nice warm sound of a breeze blowing somewhere between the surf and the roadhouse.

Our current MG offering is chock full of high end boutique essentials. I felt this guitar deserved a bit of a star studded treatment. I told Chris, let's take your basic MG and upgrade as much we can for a CR Guitars custom version. That means a roasted birdseye maple for the neck, a luscious, beautiful and incredibly warm feeling dark chocolate Brazilian rosewood fingerboard and a select lightweight resonant swamp ash. My goal was to elevate the esthetics of the guitar because Swope's guitars deserve it. The end result is a guitar deeply in the tradition, but one that offers THAT tone and more.

It is a complete joy to play. There's nothing like a great profiled neck topped with a Brazilian board, especially this select piece. (Thank you Roger!) What a tactile feel along with that sweet pop and bloom of the notes; something I look for in a great vintage guitar.

Bottom line, if you are in the market for a T style guitar this MG should be on your radar.

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 SWOPE GUITARS
Chris Swope's guitar building career path has taken him through several years as an apprentice at Mass Street Music in Lawrence Kansas, several years as production manager at Sadowsky Guitars in the heart of Manhattan's Time Square, several years in the Pro Shop and engineering departments at the Gibson Custom Shop and several years as guitar advisor for Private Reserve Guitars. His education in all aspects of guitar building, repair, design and engineering simply couldn't be more in-depth, having worked under some of the best luthiers, with some of the most incredible guitars (pre-war Martins, vintage Fenders, Gibsons, Gretsches, Rickenbackers, even D’Angelicos) and with some of the most demanding and star-studded clients. All this lead Chris to finally stike out on his own and Swope Guitars was born.

ModelMG custom order
Finish type"knock­around" nitrocellulose lacquer
ColorMary Kay/Ttransparent white blonde
Pickguardblack acrylic
Bodyultra­light swamp ash, 2 piece center seam
Neckroasted AAA figured birdseye maple
Fingerboardhand selected dark chocolate Brazilian rosewood
Fingerboard inlaypearl dot
Neck shapeopen C, .840" @ 1st fret, .930" @ 12th fret
Scale length25.5"
Width at nut1.656"
Nut materialaged bone
PickupsGTO set, single coil
Controlsvol/tone/3­way (push­pull tone pot bypasses the 3­way and combines coils in series)
Hardwarechrome
TunersGotoh staggered vintage­style
BridgeGotoh 1099­T
SaddlesHighwood ergonomic vintage
CaseG&G hardshell
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