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Hallmark Stradette Custom Series Electric Guitar
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The Stradette Custom Series electric guitar features a unique-shaped semi-hollow body with an arched, flamed maple top and maple back. A solid center...Click To Read More About This Product
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A one-of-a-kind design from top to bottom.
The Stradette Custom Series electric guitar features a unique-shaped semi-hollow body with an arched, flamed maple top and maple back. A solid center block of seasoned hardwood minimizes feedback and provides maximum sustain, while double cutaways provide unlimited upper-fret access.
The Stradette Custom's set maple neck has a rosewood fretboard and C-shaped profile. The vintage-style tremolo adds a touch of classic flair. Searing tone comes courtesy of two wide-range, high-output Hallmark single-coil pickups.
- Arched, flamed maple top
- and back
- Hallmark single-coil pickups
- Hardwood center block minimizes feedback and enhances sustain
- Set, C-shaped maple neck
- Rosewood fretboard
- Vintage-style tremolo
- 25-1/2" scale
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I recently got one of these, and I'm floored by the quality. A great guitar. It feels like a Semi-built style guitar, sorta like a ventures hollobody, except the neck is a little wider than Semi did his. The tone and sustain is great, and with the zero fret, roller bridge and tremolo, it sounds very much like Bakersfield all the way. The pickups sound great, similar to a P-90. Hard to go wrong with this guitar if you like the surf style gig...and it's pretty light to boot!
I discovered this guitar and my research revealed it was originally designed by Bill Grugget straight out of the 1960s. Although it looks to me like an Egyptian Scarab Hoffner hybrid, it is even more gorgeous when you see it. The PUs are responsive and biting, along the lines of a P90, but they have their own unique sound. The zero fret is a nice addition and the whammy bar works nicely. The gold hardware really shows off the fit and finish. Bob Shade has done a wonderful job with these reissues. When I sent him a question regarding set-up after purchasing mine, he e-mailed me back the same day. I play this through a Vox AD120VTH with a 4X12 cabinet and Vox foot controller. It has a warm vintage sound that I have never heard from any other guitar. My bandmates are equally appreciative of the sound and this guitar plays even better than it looks, which is really saying something.
Yes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and when I saw Bob Shade's recreations of the Sweptwing and Stradette, I knew I had to have them! I bought the Sweptwing a few months ago, and after observing the high quality and obvious care for detail, decided I would eventually buy the Stradette. My Sunburst Stradette Custom arrived and I was not disappointed. This is a fine, quality instrument that is worth every penny of the price. Beautiful wood grain glows through the top, back and headstock, the finish is top rate, and the gold hardware sets it off nicely. The thin Mosrite-like neck is an ease to play, and the pickups have a great Rockabilly-Surf-Country range. Warm bluesy tones can be coaxed out of it too, if desired. If you are drawn to the design of this guitar, you will love it when it arrives at your doorstep!
The sound is very nice. There are 2 great vids of R.J. Ronquillo playing this guitar.
Aside from nice tone and playability as others have mentioned, the tremolo is designed by Bob Shade, I believe. Each string has rollers and the tension is smooth. Not loose, not firm. It has a good range and feels great. I got Bob Shade to sign the back of my headstock ( ... so I got that going for me).
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