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A one-of-a-kind powdercoated guitar with vintage race car styling.
From the classic archtop curves of the body to the distinctive "rivets" front and back, there is simply no other guitar like it. Normandy Guitars are quality made one-at-a-time and are built to stand the test of time from one gig to the next.
RAT ROD—the inspiration for this color comes from 'Rat Rods,' hot rod cars designed to embellish the features of the original rods of the 1940s and 1950s. Back then, owners preferred to spend money on engine performance rather than fancy paint, so most of their machines were painted primer black or gray. This underground look translates well to our instruments, and the super flat texture looks really cool against all of the chrome hardware.
The powder coated finishes on Normandy guitars are applied using a special "baked-on" finish that is electro-statically bonded to the guitar bodies. The resulting finish is extremely durable and far superior to the standard paint, stain, or varnish typically found on guitars.
The Normandy maple-on-maple and rosewood-on-maple necks are shaped close to what you would find on an old-school jazz guitar—not too fat… not too thin. The resonant, chrome finished aircraft-grade aluminum body produces smooth, warm tones that ring true and long. Sustain is increased significantly when compared to that of a conventional wooden guitar body. Normandy "old school" humbuckers with Alnico 5 magnets are overwound to 12K ohms for higher output, powerful midrange and driving tone.
This is a deceivingly solid piece of equipment. You may be able to snap the neck, but the body will stand up to the most aggressive punk-inspired outbursts. The Normandy weighs 8.6 lb.— which is roughly the same as most other electric guitars, maintains perfect balance when on a strap, and is so accommodating that you may just be able to go at it all night.
The sound, the look, the feel, the durability and all of extra care taken to perfect this one-of-a-kind guitar, combined with state of the art manufacturing processes equal a guitar that you would expect to cost thousands more than it does. Custom boutique styling and quality that every player can afford… that's the best thing of all.
A classic archtop made of aluminum that only weighs 8.6 Lbs.!