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Zemaitis Custom Shop PF500-CHECKER Electric Guitar

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Pearl Front
The Zemaitis Pearl Front features an exquisitely inlayed front of abalone mosaic ” the perfect electric guitar for the stage: twinkling and changing color as it catches the light.

Bridge / Tailpiece
The bridge and tailpiece were designed by Tony Zemaitis for perfect intonation, ultimate sustain and tonality. Made of Duralumin and with the Zemaitis name beautifully engraved to match all of the metalwork.

Featuring DiMarzio DP103 pickups, which have a 'brushed-chrome' finish. The pickup mount rings are also made of Duralumin to complement the bridge.

Zemaitis Method Set-in Neck
The neck joint is a critical part of a top-quality guitar. Tony Zemaitis only ever used glued-in joints. He experimented with various types of set-in neck joints with the aim of achieving the best possible results and designed a special technique where the neck was set further into the body than mainstream construction methods. The Zemaitis neck joint enables the neck and body to have more surface area in contact. This increases the durability of the whole guitar as well as enhancing string vibration, tone and sustain.

Neck / Scale
25" scale with a 3-piece Honduras mahogany construction as used by Tony Zemaitis for strength and stability. It has an ebony fingerboard with binding, precision frets and the perfect shaped neck for playability - all undertaken by experienced craftsman in the Zemaitis custom shop.

Without compromise, Zemaitis uses the best high quality low-noise components and wiring components available, include a dedicated 'pot' design. All of this ensures smooth control and durability for your Zemaitis guitars.

The finish is another key quality of the instrument. Tony had a special hand-finishing technique involving multiple coats of hand-applied lacquer and rubbing-down by hand in-between each coat.

This process takes 4-5 times longer than a typical 'spray finished' factory-guitar but it gives you the wonderful look and feel of a hand-built vintage guitar. Zemaitis continues this art of hand-finishing at a small custom shop where master craftsmen hand-polish each individual guitar.

Hand-polishing gives the guitar a silky touch which is unlike anything else - when played. Tony also chose this method because you get a very strong but thin coating. This enables the natural acoustic qualities of the wood to come through - so you get a better sound too!

Zemaitis Quality Custom Shop
The highly experienced team of luthiers and technicians at the Zemaitis Custom Shop are proud to be reproducing the original high level of quality, sound and playability of Zemaitis.

They don't compromise on the cost of materials or time needed to get it right - they just want to give you the best guitars in the world.

  • Body: 3-Piece Honduras Mahogany
  • Body Shape: Mono Cut Pearl Front Jewel Polished inlay with checkerboard stripe down middle
  • Neck: 3-Piece Honduras Mahogany
  • Fingerboard: Ebony 12-1/32" (=305mm)
  • Inlay: Pearl dot inlays with directional diamonds and 11th, 12th and 13th fret.
  • Frets: 22 Frets
  • Scale: 25"(635mm)
  • Tuners: Schaller M6
  • Pickups: DiMarzio Custom PAF (DP103) x 2
  • Controls: 3 Way Toggle Switch, 2 Volume, 2 Tone
  • Bridge: Hand-crafted solid duralumin
  • Tailpiece: Hand-crafted solid duralumin

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Not worth the cash!

By Zakk Jones

from Los Angeles, CA

First off, this so called "guitar" won't stay in tune! I bought it just for the looks, didn't give a thought to anything else. I'm a dedicated collector of custom guitars (everything from rare Strats to old, scrumpy Les Pauls will do) so when I buy a PF500-Checker for about 20 grand, I did expect at least a HINT of quality! The tuning is just the beginning. It's a guitar with great looks and great feel, but when it comes to the point, it doesn't really hold any water. The pickups sound awful with my custom Marshall halfstack (which by the way sounds great with any other guitar I ever played with it) and the overall sound is weak, almost scrumpy. So to sum it up: great look, terrible quality. Get a Custom Gibson SG instead, THATS quality!



By the man-u-1OH

from bismark

first of all, when i spend 21 grand on a "guitar" i want it to stay in tune longer than 5 minutes. that is the biggest problem i see with this guitar. it will just not stay in tune. the action could also be better, but it tolerable. the best thing about this guitar is the finish obviously. i get nothing but compliments after gigs but its only from females who obviously don't know anything about music except they like my shiny guitar. to be completely honest, you could buy a much better guitar for a much cheaper price. the only reason i kept this thing is because it does look pretty good, and i like knowing that my guitar costs more than most peoples cars.



By Frank Nacarosa

from Brooklyn, NY

I just got the guitar a month ago and I love it! I have allready played three shows with it and am beyond impressed. The pickups sound amazing. It plays kinda like a Les Paul and has a relitvley fast neck. The guitar is alot of money but is deffinitly worth it for the serious player or collector.

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