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Talking Guitar: Tobias Lindberg

Last week we had the pleasure of welcoming sensational Swedish luthier Tobias Lindberg of TLL Guitars to our London showroom, in lieu of him bringing in four brand new electrics to adorn our walls!

In this time we also found a moment to sit down on the sofa and talk all things TLL, going through the recent changes in the Marvin models including the four in our showroom, alongside the other models in Tobias' lineup and the exciting things we'll be seeing from him in the near future. 

Watch the interview below;

These sensational instruments have had us all absolutely blown away in their time here, and with two already finding their way to players who'll long continue to be inspired by them, they really aren't hanging around. 

Here's the two stunning TLL Marvin guitars that are still in stock;

TLL Guitars Marvin Electric Guitar, Green Burst - £2,950 

This stunning Marvin from TLL Guitars does a wonderful job of encapsulating some of our favourite aspects of Tobias' builds. 

With a satin finished Mahogany back, coupled with a beautifully gloss finished, hand rubbed Green Burst on the Maple top, it really feels like a flagship for what is now the 'Classic' line of Marvin models. 

The aesthetic choices on this instrument are just as fine and inspired as the playability and tone, with subtle Art-Deco details throughout and specially made covers for the set of Lundgren BJFE P90s that power this versatile beast. 

In playing the guitar is exceptionally comfortable and inspiring, with an unseemly amount of sustain for a bolt-on and great access all the way through to the dusty end of the fretboard. 

  • Top: Maple
  • Body: Khaya Mahogany
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Ebony
  • Headstock Overlay: Ebony
  • Binding: Ivoroid
  • Finish: Green Burst
  • Pickups: Lundgren BJFE P90 with Bone White Covers
  • Bridge: Gotoh Gold
  • Tailpiece: Gotoh Set Gold
  • Tuners: Waverly Gold
  • Fret Wire: Nickel Silver
  • Inlays: 12th Fret Art Deco Style, MOP Logo w/ Arrows
  • Electronics: Vol/Tone/3-Way Selector (In-House Made Aluminium Knobs)
  • Scale Length: 25.5”
  • Fretboard Radius: 9.5”
  • Width at nut: 42mm
  • Width at 12 Fret: 52”

TLL Guitars Marvin Electric Guitar, Daphne Blue - £2,650

This gorgeous instrument from TLL Guitars is a Marvin model in a striking Daphne Blue finish, and is a stellar example of what Tobias' new 'RetroFuture' subdivision of the Marvin is all about. 

Built in Alder for the body, with a beautifully figured Maple neck and Ebony fretboard, the guitar blends a classic and familiar feel with the signature TLL response and versatile tonality. 

On a personal level, playing this instrument felt like catching up with an old friend, the neck sat perfectly under the fretting hand and the ringing sustain and lively nature made for a truly inspiring time spent with the guitar. 

The McNelly Dual Blade Humbuckers brought an exciting edge to this particular Marvin and really help widen the tonal palette and open up some huge lows alongside the punchy mids and Spanky top end, and whether with drive or with the amp set clean its a wonderful thing. 

  • Body: Alder
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Ebony
  • Headstock Overlay: Ebony 
  • Binding: Ivoroid
  • Finish: Daphne Blue
  • Pickups: McNelly Dual Blade Humbuckers (Strat Size)
  • Bridge: Gotoh
  • Tailpiece: Gotoh Set
  • Tuners: Waverly 
  • Pickguard: Tortoise Square
  • Fret Wire: Nickel Silver
  • Inlays: Fretboard MOP Dots, MOP Logo
  • Electronics: Vol/Tone/3-Way Selector (In-House Made Aluminium Knobs)
  • Scale Length: 25.5”
  • Fretboard Radius: 9.5”
  • Width at nut: 42mm
  • Width at 12 Fret: 52”

And here are the two instruments that have already sold;

TLL Guitars Marvin Electric Guitar, Goldtop - £2,850 (SOLD)

The TLL Guitars Marvin electric guitar is handbuilt by Tobias Lindberg in Sweden. This stunning model is a perfect blank canvas for creating your own custom electric guitar. We have spec'd this guitar to have a distinctive 1950s Kalamazoo-era Gibson gold top feel.

It features an African Mahogany body with a thin Maple top. The Maple neck is topped by a Wenge fingerboard with Mother-of-Pearl block-style inlays.

In the electronics department, the Goldtop Marvin is equipped with a pair of Lundgren P-90 Soapbar pickups, controlled by master volume and tone pots and a three-way selector switch.

  • Top: Maple
  • Body: Khaya Mahogany
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Wenge
  • Headstock Overlay: Wenge 
  • Binding: Ivoroid
  • Finish: Goldtop
  • Pickups: Lundgren BJFE P90 with Bone White Covers
  • Bridge: Gotoh Wraparound
  • Tuners: Waverly 
  • Pickguard: Bone White D-Style
  • Fret Wire: Nickel Silver
  • Inlays: Fretboard MOP Imitation Rounded Blocks, MOP Logo
  • Electronics: Vol/Tone/3-Way Selector (In-House Made Aluminium Knobs)
  • Scale Length: 25.5”
  • Fretboard Radius: 9.5”
  • Width at nut: 42mm
  • Width at 12 Fret: 52”

TLL Guitars Marvin Electric Guitar, Purple - £2,740 (SOLD)

This Marvin features an Alder body. The Maple neck is topped by a Wenge fingerboard with dot inlays, and with it's 9.5" radius and exceedingly comfortable carve, it is an absolute joy to play and sings out all through the registers of the instrument. 

In the electronics department, this Marvin is equipped with a pair of Lundgren BJFE P90 Pickups, controlled by master volume and tone pots and a three-way selector switch. Sonically, these classic voiced P90s kick out a very satisfying output with rich, punchy mids and a healthy low end response to back them up. 

The Duesenberg Tremola adds an extra degree of expression with this instrument and is a fantastic choice for a touch sensitive and gorgeous sounding trem. 

  • Body: Alder
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Wenge
  • Headstock Overlay: Wenge 
  • Binding: Ivoroid
  • Finish: Purple Metallic
  • Pickups: Lundgren BJFE P90 with Nickel Covers
  • Bridge: Gotoh
  • Tailpiece: Dusenberg Diamond Deluxe Tremola 
  • Tuners: Waverly 
  • Pickguard: White D-Style
  • Fret Wire: Nickel Silver
  • Inlays: Fretboard MOP Dots, MOP Logo
  • Electronics: Vol/Tone/3-Way Selector (In-House Made Aluminium Knobs)
  • Scale Length: 25.5”
  • Fretboard Radius: 9.5”
  • Width at nut: 42mm
  • Width at 12 Fret: 52”

We are deeply proud and excited to be the exclusive dealer for TLL Guitars here in the UK! If you've got any questions about these magnificent instruments or future builds from Tobias, please don't hesitate to get in touch at hello@thenorthamericanguitar.com or by phone on 0207 835 5597.

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