For over eight years, the premium version of the Workhorse has been one of our best sellers in Japan with it's exacting standards of aging. Today, we offer a new, more simplified version in our 'Players' series. The same great playability and sound, but more simplified.
The Workhorse is our take on a guitar that started its life as a Blackguard but has modified to do different jobs through its life. We chose what we felt were the best parts of the guitars built from 1950-54 and added modern twists like a flatter radius, bigger frets, a P-90 pickup and custom wiring.
These guitars are Rock & Roll machines! The Workhorse comes standard with one bridge P-90, but can be ordered as a Workhorse Special with a black guard and a stock Tele neck pickup or a neck P90.
Body Wood: Paulownia
Color: Butterscotch, Honey Blonde Neck Wood: One-piece Maple Neck Shape: 63 C Fret Size: 6105 Radius: 10” Pickups: Custom Lindy Fralin dog ear P-90 Electronics: RS SuperPot, sweet switch & Switchcraft Jack Bridge: RS Vintage ½ bridge with brass, aluminum and steel Saddles Tuners: Kluson Hardware: Aged Nickel Strings: Ernie Ball .010-.046 Case: Gig Bag
When you have decided on the model and specifications of your dream guitar or bass, you can either place the order online, or call us to discuss any details or specific questions/requests. Once your build has been finalized, a minimum of a 50% deposit is required to start the build. If you’ve purchased the guitar outright from us – this deposit does not apply.
From the time you have placed your order or deposit, you have two weeks to make any changes. After that, all specifications are final. Actual build time is based on the exact options chosen, but typically our build time is about four months.
Choose your model and options. After determining what you want and you have either placed your order online or confirmed options with us, your deposit will be due.
After the deposit is made, you will have two weeks to make any changes.
Once the all details have been finalized, all preliminary woodworking is started.
Necks are fretted and final shaped. Body is finish sanded and prepped for paint.
All necessary parts/hardware are ordered.
Body and neck go to paint. This stage can take several weeks to properly apply lacquer depending on color and aging level.
Due to the nature of nitrocellulose lacquer, the guitars are allowed to cure for four weeks.
In the middle of month 3 the bodies and necks, once completely dry, come out of the booth for wet sanding and buffing.
Depending on the level of aging requested, the body, neck and all hardware are put in the aging process.
Frets are leveled and crowned. The nut is cut.
After all appropriate aging is complete the guitar will go into final assembly.
After final assembly, we allow a minimum of one week for the guitar to acclimate before we perform the final setup.
When everything is completed, you will be contacted to pay the balance and submit any final details in regards to shipping.
When you receive your guitar or bass, you have 2 days to contact us with any concerns you might have. We strive for 100% satisfaction, so any issues or concerns you may have will be addressed promptly. All of our instruments come with a lifetime warranty to the original owner.