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2015 SVL Custom Vintage Reserve Boutique S-Style Guitar Sunburst w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 2015 SVL Custom Vintage Reserve in mint, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with a molded hardshell case. SVL is the one-man operation of master luthier Simon Law, the culmination of years spent working as a professional guitar and amp tech. Law was disappointed with custom shop and boutique vintage reissues, feeling they were “too hung up on looking the part and being very pretty than actually playing well and sounding incredible.”

This custom-built SVL Vintage Reserve was inspired by a selection of the absolute best genuine vintage Strats Law played and worked on throughout his career, capturing the look, feel, and tone of a true vintage example, featuring no-corners-cut construction and premium componentry. The responsibly sourced tonewoods are hand-selected, finished in thin coats of vintage-accurate nitro lacquer, and features include Amalfitano pickups, Callaham custom plastics, and custom-made hardware.

This Vintage Reserve features a “reserve” salvaged old growth alder body, naturally air dried, with a quartersawn flame maple neck and fretboard. The pickup complement comprises a pair of custom-wound Amalfitano Gran Reserves in the neck and middle positions and a proprietary SVL single coil at the bridge. The Amalfitanos are warm and airy, featuring Alnico III construction, yielding bell-like clarity with a touch-sensitive feel. The SVL pickup at the bridge (Alnico V) has great twang and snap, with a steel baseplate for a Tele-like kick. This Vintage Reserve weighs 7lbs 6oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.

Neck Specs:

-Wood: Quartersawn flame maple
-Shape: Medium C, full shoulders, measuring .835” 1st fret, .910” 12th fret
-Fretboard: Quartersawn flame maple, 9 1/2“ radius, clay dot inlay
-Frets: Jescar 6100 jumbo, no wear
-Scale Length: 25 1/2”
-Nut: 1.650”, bone
-Tuners: Kluson-style, aged
-Serialization: Engraved on neck plate

Body Specs:

-Wood: “Reserve” salvaged old growth alder, air dried
-Pickups: Amalfitano Gran Reserve x2, SVL proprietary single coil (bridge)
-Harness: CTS pots, paper-in-oil tone cap, CRL switch
-Controls: Volume, Tone, Five-way pickup selector
-Hardware: Custom-built vintage-style vibrato, lightly aged saddles
-Plastics: Callaham custom three-ply pickguard, knobs with greened text (all plastics aged)

The gloss Sunburst nitro lacquer finish is carefully applied in ultra thin coats to ensure maximum resonance, with a notably thin outer band of black, and this guitar has received moderate simulated aging from SVL including lacquer checking a number of small chips/dings. There's no discernable wear beyond the factory aging. The neck is also finished in an ultra thin nitro lacquer, treated with a proprietary finishing process resulting in a played-in, satin-esque feel, and the neck profile is pristine.

A Gator molded hardshell case is included.