Two New B&G Private Build Guitars Arrive!
Now we are no strangers here at The North American Guitar to seeing some of the highlights of what B&Gs Tel-Aviv based Private Build department have to offer first hand, and whether it's a more eccentrically spec'd guitar for a client or something we couldn't resist having built for the Showroom, we've come to know B&G as synonymous with high end hand-made quality, detailed workmanship and truly exceptional instruments.
With that said, that never quells the wonderful feeling of awe and appreciation when you pop open the case of an instrument as magnificent as either of these two new jaw dropping additions to our Private Build collection.
What they share in specs are B&Gs iconic foundations in a one-piece African Mahogany body, coupled with a gorgeous Honduran Mahogany neck, but from that point onwards they dive into a dazzling showcase of widely differing features and premium custom appointments.
Let's take a closer look:
B&G call the Step Sister the 'mean girl in the family', based on their iconic and award winning Little Sister design, but with a longer 22 fret neck set into the body at the 16th fret with a solid, Waverly equipped headstock it's a versatile instrument that really lends itself to a snappier sonic landscape than its literal little sister.
This particular model features and absolutely exquisite Ziricote top, built in a style entirely unique to B&G. A solid Maple blank is recessed to host the 2mm Ziricote overlay, which 'sinks' in and creates a natural binding effect around the top as well as inside the F-holes, which matches with the Figured Maple pickup surrounds and neck binding to create a very clean, luxurious aesthetic.
The hand-wound B&G Humbuckers in this guitar give you a very diverse range of tones and really do pair up wonderfully with the particulars in the construction of this fine instrument. From smooth Jazz and Soul cleans through to searing Rock tones, it does it all with a distinctively warm and dynamic vintage voice that harkens back to the tone and feel of iconic 'Golden Era' electric guitars of the 50s and 60s.
The neck carve is B&Gs soft 'V' profile, providing exceptional comfort across the board and effortless fretting, also aided by the deep cutaway and afore mentioned 16th fret neck join. In regards to access and playability, it really is second to none.
The guitar comes with a custom B&G Private Build Hardcase.
- Body thickness: 1.75" / 4.45cm
- Body length: 17.2" / 43.7cm
- Body width: 13" / 33cm
- Back wood: One-piece African Mahogany
- Top wood: Ziricote
- Tailpiece: B&G Brass
- Bridge: B&G Solid Brass ABR
- Pickguard: Brass (in the case)
- Tuning Machines: Waverly
- Nut width: 1.68” / 42.8mm
- Nut: TUSQ
- Fret 1 Thickness: 0.89” / 22.6mm ( slim option: 0.86”/21.5 mm )
- Fret 12 Thickness: 0.98” / 24.9mm ( slim option: 0.95”/ 23.5 mm )
- Scale length: 24 3/4”
- Fingerboard radius: 12”
- Neck Joint: Fret 16
- Frets: 22
- Neck wood: Honduran Mahogany
- Fingerboard: Pau Ferro
- Fretwire: Width 0.080”, Crown 0.050”
- Inlay: Pearloid
- Neck shape: B&G Soft 'V'
- Truss Rod: One way traditional spoke wheel nut
- Pickups: B&G Hand-Wound Humbuckers
- Potentiometers: CTS 500k
- Toggle Switch: Switchcraft 3-way
- Jack: Switchcraft
- Wiring: '50s Style
- Total Weight: 6.7 - 8.2 lbs / 3200-3700 gr
- Total Length: 38.9" / 987mm
The B&G Little Sister Private Build Electric Guitar is the original B&G Guitar. Hand-built in Tel-Aviv, Israel with their award winning design and intimate feel, they really do capture something entirely their own.
This particular Little Sister Private Build however, is anything but stock, and here's what sets it apart;
The top of this gorgeous instrument is made up of Old Growth Cedar of Lebanon, a legendary and storied tree appearing in many ancient texts, and treated as lightly and naturally as possible with the pores open and a very thin, hand rubbed shellac finish.
This magnificent wood, in tandem with the one-piece African Mahogany makes for and incredibly sweet and warm tone, even unplugged, with a lightly more delicate and sensitive response than your typical Little Sister, likened even to that of a classical guitar.
The fetchingly aged hand-wound P90 pickups do a stellar job of bringing these nuances to the forefront when plugged in, with a rich character overall and lovely harmonic complexities backing up the clearly detailed fundamentals.
With separate volume controls for each pickup and a master tone control, the voice of this guitar is found in blending the pickups together, and encourages the player to find unique sweet spots in the hugely versatile range this presents you with.
Sporting B&Gs soft 'V' neck profile, the guitar is supremely comfortable across the board, with a hefty amount of sustain due to the combination of Honduran Mahogany, 14th frets to the body and the traditional glues that bring all the joins together in perfect harmony.
This beautiful instrument comes in a Custom B&G Hardcase.
- Body Construction - Chambered
- Body Thickness - 1.75" / 4.45cm
- Body Length - 17.7" / 45cm
- Body Width - 13" / 33cm
- Back Wood - One-Piece African Mahogany
- Top Wood - Cedar of Lebanon
- Tailpiece - B&G Solid Brass Aged
- Bridge - B&G Solid Brass ABR Aged
- Tuning Machines - B&G Delta Tuners
- Nut - TUSQ
- Scale Length - 24 3/4"
- Fingerboard Radius - 12"
- Neck Joint - Fret 14
- Neck Wood - Honduran Mahogany
- Fingerboard - Pau Ferro
- Fretwire - Nickel-Silver, Width 0.080", Crown 0.050"
- Inlay - Pearloid
- Truss Rod - Traditional one-way, spoke wheel nut
- Headstock - Slotted Peghead
- Potentiometers - 3 x CTS 500k
- Jack - Switchcraft
- Wiring - 50s Style, Volume/Volume/Tone
- Weight - 6.6 - 7.7 lbs / 3000-3500 gr
- Length - 37.52" / 953mm
- Finish Type - Antique Aniline Dye, Shellac Coating
For more information on B&G Guitars, please don't hesitate to get in touch by calling +44 (0) 207 835 5597 or by emailing us here.