Spalt Instruments Christmas Special!

With every instrument a singular, entirely unique piece and Michael Spalt's seemingly endless imagination at the helm of these wonderful creations, it's no wonder we get so excited when a host of new guitars arrive from the Vienna workshop, because frankly, how could you not be!

The three brand new instruments that are cause for this celebration showcase the diversity of the Spalt Totem Guitar range, with each sporting a different neck construction, a wide range of pickup configurations and of course striking individuality in Michaels signature Resin Top in which he sets objects and a plethora of materials to define the identity of the guitar.

From the found Chinese Woodcarving adorning the versatile, dual P90 equipped 'China George' through to the iconic and charming 'Gate' top of #41 and audacious vibrancy of 'MGD's eclectic collage, whether you're interested in fine art, fine instruments or this wondrous blend of both, the only time you'll want to put these guitars down is to stop and stare before plugging back in and cranking up the amp.

Take a closer look at these magnificent instruments below;

This stunning 'Totem' series guitar from Vienna based Spalt Instruments is an inspiring and characterful piece with a unique yet versatile tonality to match it's equally bold aesthetic.

Built in Alder for the body, with a Resin top that allows Michael to create a collage of materials and items that work to define the personality of the instrument. In this instance, a Chinese carving of a man riding a dragon, which led to the naming of the guitar inspired by the legend of St. George and the Dragon.

The Rosewood topped Mahogany neck is a real dream to play, with wonderful articulation and clarity to each note through the registers of the instrument, and a great feel for a variety of playing styles.

The pickups in this instrument consist of a set of Spalt BoneTop P-90s in close proximity that can be used either as standalone coils or together in parallel as a truly huge sounding Humbucker. With the responsive onboard volume and tone controls this setup proves remarkably versatile indeed.

  • Alder body
  • Mahogany neck, Rosewood fingerboard, 24 ¾" scale
  • Gotoh vintage style tuners
  • BoneTop P-90 style humbucker
  • 3 way switch for coil #1, #1+2 parallel, #2
  • Vol, tone w/ push-pull for series mode
  • ABM wraparound tailpiece w/locking studs
  • Dunlop Straplocks

This stunning 'Totem' series instrument from Vienna based luthier Michael Spalt captures just about everything we love about his sensational and utterly unique guitars.

Made up of alder for the body with a resin top holding the collage of materials and items that give the guitar its iconic aesthetic, with an inherent resonance and chime when played unplugged.

The Maple neck is wonderfully figured and provides an exceptionally comfortable platform for most any playing style, with a responsive and articulate feel all the way through to the dusty end of the board.

In the neck position, the guitar sports a TV Jones Powertron, complimented by a hand wound Spalt BoneTop T-style pickup in the bridge. Between the two the guitar covers a diverse range from 50s chicken picking and rockabilly through to contemporary funk and soul tones and with some gain dialled in on the amp, anything's possible.

  • Alder body
  • Maple neck & fingerboard 25 ½" scale
  • Hipshot open back locking tuners
  • TV Jones Powertron in neck
  • BoneTop Tele in bridge
  • Tele bridge w/compensated brass saddles
  • Vol, tone, 3-way switch
  • Dunlop Straplocks
  • 3.3 kg

This gorgeous instrument from Michael Spalt is number #41 of the 50 guitars that will be built using the characterful Pine sourced from the original Gate of the Vienna workshop.

With it's beautiful weathered, textured patina and resonant qualities, it makes for a wonderful building wood in an electric guitar and makes for an entire line of inspired and distinctive instruments that sound as magnificent as they look.

The stunning flame maple neck feels comfortable and lively in the fretting hand with fantastic playability all the way through the registers of the guitar, with singing sustain and body to each note even up at the 'dusty end'.

The set of hand wound P-90 pickups provide a range of punchy, articulate tones and work wonders with a clean amp as well as pushing a driven amp into seriously excitable territory.

  • Alder body
  • Maple neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard, 25 ½" scale
  • Gotoh vintage style tuners
  • Spalt P-90 style pickups
  • Vol, tone w/push-pull for series mode, 3-way switch
  • Hipshot fixed bridge
  • Dunlop Straplocks
  • 3.3 kg

For more information on any of these beautiful guitars from Spalt Instruments don't hesitate to get in touch by email at or on the phone on 0207 835 5597.


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