Tom Sands Model S in Koa & African Blackwood - Build Thread

Tom Sands Model S in Koa & African Blackwood

Tom Sands is absolutely blowing our minds at the moment with the consistent level of sensational instruments he is producing. One of the most in-demand luthiers on our select TNAG roster with a packed build queue, he continues to strive for visual and tonal perfection.

We currently have two custom builds on the bench at Tom Sands HQ which all of us here at TNAG are eager to get our hands-on. The first is this utterly sensational Model S built in a staggering set of high-grade Koa Soundboard, paired with African Blackwood for the back and sides. Expecting this instrument to have a very punchy voice, with a lot of clarity and articulation in the trebles, alongside a snappy attack in the mids and bass. The Koa & Blackwood is going to make this little 12 fret S model an absolute firecracker.

You can follow an in-depth build thread for this instrument from Tom Sands Guitars below...

  • Body Style: Model S
  • Scale Length: 27.75"
  • Soundboard: Koa
  • Back and Sides: African Blackwood
  • Binding: Rocklite Ebano
  • End Graft: Rocklite Ebano
  • Position Markers: Copper dots with red infill
  • Bridge: Ebony
  • Bridge Pins: Ebony
  • Saddle: Bone
  • Nut Width: 1 3/4"
  • Neck: Koa
  • Headcap: Koa
  • Backstrap: Ebony
  • Tuning Machines: Robson Standard
  • Fingerboard: Rocklite Ebano
  • Truss Rod: Two-Way
  • Fretwire: Jescar Evo Gold Medium
  • Fretboard Radius: 20"
  • Finish: Polyurethane
  • Strings: Elixir HD Light
  • Pickup: LR Baggs Dual Source
  • Neck Depth at 1st Fret: 21mm
  • Neck Depth at 9th Fret: 24mm
  • Neck Profile: Medium C


For more information on Tom Sands Guitars please email us on or call us on 020 7835 5597.


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