Swope / GTO / 2020 / White Blonde/Tort / Guitar For Sale
There are good guitars and there are great guitars. Much of the time the difference is subtle; but in the details of the materials, workmanship and overall design.
Chris Swope of Swope guitars has certainly gotten building an exceptionally great guitar down to a science.
From an ergonomic standpoint this guitar balances effortlessly, seated or standing. The fretwork and feel of the beautiful and heavily Figured, Birds Eye Maple neck w/ a Rosewood board is hard to beat. The actual neck profile is an extremely comfortable medium-thick C with graceful shoulders, giving it a more substantial feel. The neck thickness is .85” at the first fret and .95” at the 12th fret.
The GTO's body is built out of 2-piece center-seam cut lightweight Swamp Ash, for resonance and consistent results each time. This is the first White Blonde GTO, to be adorned with a beautiful 1-ply tort guard with a tremendously figured Birdseye Maple neck.
Besides for this being one of the nicest looking and feeling solid body guitars we’ve come across, which is a bold statement as we’ve been fortunate enough to have played nearly everything; from the holy grail of vintage guitar collections to instruments built by the highest-end European and American Guitar builders/Luthiers. This Swope GTO Custom just sings and sounds unbelievable. Its tone certainly matches its looks and feel. Before even plugging this GTO in, the guitar just vibrates in your hands for days, as if it were alive. Just wild. It's also incredibly loud acoustically. Possibly a result of the super thin Nitro finish, as well as the very snug neck pocket.
This guitar features Swopes own top of the line, handwound GTO pickups; which are like a Lap-Steel, Tele and P-90 pickup all mashed-up together to create some of the most pleasing electric guitar tones one could hope for. They certainly lean more towards the Fullerton CA (AKA Fender) type of tonality, yet still have an aggressive attack,with just the right amount of mid-range to them, while always sounding crystalline and laser focused to the ear, with great (but never overbearing) twang and a fullness found usually only in PAF style Humbucker equipped guitars. However, if you do want a full Humbucker type sound just pull the nifty push/pull tone knob up and your two single coil pickups are now in series (wired like one large humbucker) with each other, rather than your typical parallel middle position tone. It’s all up to how you want the guitar to behave.
Specs: Body: Ash Neck: Flame Maple Fingerboard: Rosewood Radius: 9.5” Nut Width: 1.656" Neck Dimensions: .85"-.95" 1st & 12th Fret Neck Profile: Medium-thick C Finish Blonde Nitro Lacquer Descendant Vibrato Staytrem Bridge (9.5” radius) 25 1/2" Scale Bone Nut Push/Pull Tone Pot (Series/Parallel) Swope "Knock Around" Relic Finish (This is Swopes version of a light relic finish with slight checking and light wear on the body)
Specs: Body: Ash
Neck: Heavily Figure Birdseye Maple
Nut Width: 1.656"
Neck Dimensions: 0.85"-0.95" 1st & 12th Fret
Neck Profile: Medium-thick C
Finish: Blonde Nitro Lacquer
Fingerboard Radius: 9.5”
Scale Length: 25 1/2"
Nut width: 1.656" or 1 & 21/32"
Push/Pull Tone Pot (Series/Parallel)
Swope "Knock Around" Finish (light relic, intentional finish checking on the body, matte Nitro neck finish, gloss Nitro on the headstock.
Weight: 7lbs on the dot.
South Shore Guitar Boutique, USA
South Shore Guitar Boutique is a Boutique/Vintage guitar shop in Long Island, New York, dedicated to showcasing the best guitar, amplifier, and effects pedal builders in the world, as well as providing an intimate and comfortable place for musicians to experience and purchase these rare and unique instruments. Think of us as a rotating gallery of fine handcrafted instruments. When you visit our store, you will be able to discuss gear with like-minded, knowledgeable individuals, who can steer you toward the instrument and tone of your dreams. We will assist you in discovering the most inspiring gear to help you to achieve your best form of musical expression. We can even help you custom order an instrument from any of the extraordinary builders we work with.
Our shop was born from a life-long love and fascination for vintage and handmade guitars and gear. We handpick each of our products with an emphasis on craftsmanship, quality and environmental sustainability. While big-box music stores stock mostly run-of-the-mill, mass-produced products, we search the world for the most awe-inspiring, tonally pleasing, great playing, and meticulously built guitars, amplifiers and effect pedals and bring them directly to you. We understand that each player has their own distinct playing style and expression, and it is our goal to satisfy even the most sophisticated and demanding musician. We are musicians ourselves and understand the importance of first impressions when it comes to buying gear. If we wouldn't play it we wont put it in our shop. Every guitar we sell must play its absolute best. We are proud to be Dealers of Mirabella, Ronin, Deimel, Tausch, Elliott, Bilt, Swope, Waterslide, Jesselli Guitars, James Collins, Mario Martin, Grez, Soultool, Nash, Prisma, Island, Bunting, Noah, UMA, Dean Gordon, Garro, Fry, Reverend Guitars, Benson Amps, Wang Amplification, Strymon, Chase Bliss, Meris, Quilter, Jackson Audio, String Joy, Rattlesnake cables, Etc.
We also carry a wide-range of boutique and other quality accessories making S.S.G.B. your go to shop for strings, guitar cases, straps, cables, pedalboards, custom pedalboard builds and more.
We’re always adding new products from world-class and forward-thinking companies and builders to our shop.
Keep an eye on our website and subscribe to our mailing list for updates. Visit our store during regular hours or book a private demo, and come experience a guitar and gear buying experience unlike any other other at South Shore Guitar Boutique.
This product can be returned within 3 days of receipt.
Items must be returned in original, as-shipped condition with all original packaging and no signs of use. Buyer assumes responsibility for all return shipping costs unless the item was not received as described.
Buyer receives a full refund in their original payment method less any shipping costs and a 10% restocking fee.
Items under $3,000.00 are subject to only a 5% restocking fee. Items over $3,000.00 are subject to a 10% restocking fee. If an item is marked non-returnable or sold as is, then that item is non-returnable.