Bourbon SA – Introduction and Mock up

Introducing the Bourbon, a new body style

Brantley Bourbon Mock-up

Semi-Acoustic Brantley Bourbon. Mocked up to show the Bigsby Vibrato and Roller Bridge with the neck ready for a pocket.

I’ve been working on this new design for while now, but it’s time to kick it into gear for a custom order.  My friend Chris contacted me about building a guitar so he can check off an item from his bucket list, which is learning to play guitar.  I’m honored that Chris wants to learn on a Brantley Custom.  After some consultation about body styles, we’ve decided to move forward with the Bourbon.

The Brantley Bourbon is designed to be the premium body style in the Brantley family of guitars.  The semi-acoustic body is built with steam-bent laminated birch sides and back built around a central core of maple for maximum sustain.  The top is bookmatched spruce, similar to those found on fine acoustic guitars with F-holes on the acoustic chambers on each side of the maple core.

The maple neck and wenge fingerboard are shown resting on the body, since the next step in the process is to create the neck pocket.  The gold mother of pearl diamonds contrast well with the deep black and chocolate tones of the wenge and coordinate with the gold hardware used on the guitar.

The Bigsby vibrato and complimentary roller bridge make this guitar classy enough for Vegas, but the dual humbucking pickups will ensure that it also rocks.  Shown in the picture are to holes drilled for the 3 way switch and master volume and tone knobs.  With sides and back of the guitar will be finished in black, with an opaque black finish for the top so the tight grain pattern of the spruce will not be hidden.

I’ll post further progress as I reach milestones, so check back for updates.