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  • Late last year I got together with Ripley Johnson from who has been using our '59 3P for many years. The question came up, how can we make it even better? Here is what Ripley had to say:

    "The '59 Airline is the most versatile guitar that I've ever owned. The three pickups, 5-way switch, and Bigsby give me such an infinite range of tones and sounds. It's perfect for any situation, in the studio or on stage. Plus, and this is especially important to me on the road, it is durable as hell. To take the playability to another level, we could simplify it - master tone and volume controls only - but then blow everyone away with the addition of a built-in preamp boost. I would love to really push my amps with the simple flick of a switch - to get some really rich, burning tones. And it would be perfect for leads. I can't really imagine it getting any better than that!"

    Well, here it is folks, The '59 3P "Ripley" Custom featuring our proprietary Transwarp Drive™. We removed the individual controls for each pickup and replaced with a Master Tone. This control was placed below the neck/middle pickups. The Transwarp Drive™ module is installed inside the chambered body and activated with a small toggle switch below the bridge, in front of the Master Volume for easy access. Check out the video demo!

    • Body: Tone Chambered Mahogany, white rubber body binding
    • Colours: Black
    • Pickups: 3 Airline Vintage Voiced Single Coils
    • Switching: 5-Way, Vintage Switchplate
    • Controls: 1 Volume, 1 Tone, on-board Transwarp Drive
    • Bridge: Roller, BIGSBY tremolo
    • Neck: Bound Maple, Bolt-on
    • Finger Board: Rosewood, Block Markers
    • Scale Length: 25 1/2" (648mm)
    • Width at the Nut: 1 11/16"
    • Hardware: Vintage Kluson Style Nickel/Chrome
    • Strings: D'Addario #10
    • Case: Hardshell Case INCLUDED
    • Unique Features: on-board Transwarp Drive
    • Suggested Retail: $1599.00 US


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