Up for sale, a 2021 Wood Spirit Guitars custom #21 in near-mint condition and in perfect working order, complete with a Mono Vertigo softshell case. Wood Spirit Guitars are custom-built by Jon Beason in Everett, WA, featuring one-off designs with premium tonewoods and componentry. This instrument, WSG’s #21, is his take on an ES-235-style semi-hollow thinline with a single Florentine cutaway, featuring maple body construction, Sitka spruce bracing, a laminated mahogany/cherry neck with a rosewood fretboard, and a pair of DiMarzio PAF 36th Anniversary Seth Lover humbuckers.
The DiMarzio PAF 36th Anniversary humbuckers are faithful recreations of Gibson's golden age humbucker. DiMarzio used patented technology and Larry DiMarzio’s own ‘59 Les Paul to re-engineer Seth Lover’s original design, with computer-controlled winders to ensure the exact frequency response. They deliver the well-defined, almost single coil-esque clarity of the iconic original, with focused, dynamic attack, warm mids, and sweet, singing highs. This guitar weighs 7lbs 6oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 11-49 roundwound strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.
The satin-finished neck is crafted from two pieces of mahogany bisected by a central strip of cherry, sporting a medium C-shaped profile carve at the nut with good shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, gaining more heft and roundness in the upper registers, measuring .855” deep at the 1st fret and 1.025” at the 12th. The slab rosewood fretboard is a dark cut with a 12” radius, and the medium jumbo fretwire is flawless. This guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the Tusq nut measures 1 11/16” in width. The headstock has a wenge veneer branded with the Wood Spirit logo, and the Grover Rotomatic tuning machines turn smoothly.
The DiMarzio humbuckers are governed by a three-way Switchcraft pickup selector switch and independent Volume and Tone (Treble Bleed) controls. The wiring harness features 500K CTS pots and Sprague Orange Drop tone caps. Plastics comprise the quartet of reflector knobs and three-ply pickguard, which has some requisite scuffing along the strum path. The nickel-plated hardware includes the ABR-1-style bridge and stopbar, and the WSG logo is visible through the bass-side F-hole, along with the handwritten serial and Oct., 2021 date.
The gloss finish is akin to a Trans Plum, with a brownish/purple hue. There is a single doweled strap button mounting hole on the bass-side shoulder, and wear is limited to a scant few faint marks in the clear coat on the body as a whole. The satin finish on the neck profile is immaculate, with a smooth, open-grain feel.
A Mono Vertigo softshell case is included.