Up for sale, a 2018 Echopark Clarence Special in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case and CoA. Echopark guitars, founded in Los Angeles and now based out of Detroit, is the brainchild of master craftsman/luthier Gabriel Currie, who builds every instrument himself with premium tonewoods, proprietary, custom-wound electronics, and exceptional attention to detail.
This Clarence Special is Echopark's spin on a T-Style Custom platform, featuring a solid alder body, maple neck, and a thick slab rosewood fretboard, yielding a lively natural acoustic response with great warmth and chime. The EP Custom ‘56 single coil in the bridge position delivers quintessential Tele-style twang and snap, slightly overwound for a touch more sonic heft and metering at 7.1k ohms. The Wide Range-style Custom 3/3 humbucker at the neck is full and rich, metering at 9.4k ohms, with an open and articulate sound that compliments the single coil well in the middle position. This Clarence has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a modestly chunky C-shaped profile carve with generous shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .860” deep at the 1st fret and .920” at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard is a thick slab with a 12” radius, and the medium jumbo fretwire is nigh flawless. This guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2” scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the bone nut measures 1 11/16” in width. The headstock features Kluson-style tuning machines, with Currie’s signature on the back.
The pickup pair is governed by a three-way selector switch and Master Volume and Tone controls, and the wiring harness features custom taper CTS pots. Plastics comprise the one-ply matte black pickguard and the “cupcake”-style knobs, and the nickel-plated hardware has a distressed appearance, including the neck pickup cover and the bridge with its trio of compensated brass saddles.
The gloss nitro lacquer two-tone Sunburst finish is factory aged by Echopark, and this relic'ing includes light lacquer checking and a number of simulated minor marks. There is sparingly little wear beyond Echopark's aging treatment, and the satin finish on the neck profile is immaculate.
The original G&G hardshell case is included, along with the CoA and an additional pair of tiger stripe tortoise pickguards (supplied by Echopark).