Solomon #005 £3099
The latest Solomon build, #005, utilises some of the finest woods and hardware available.
The woods are all exhibition grade. Starting with the top we have an exquisite Claro Walnut Feathered Crotch-cut book match. The grain patterns and colours are really stunning, and need to be seen in person to appreciate fully – it almost looks like a watercolour painting in places! The body is master grade ‘fiddle-back’ Black Limba with a beautiful three dimensional flame running through the grain. For some contrast the are also Wenge stringers running through the body. The neck is cut from the same figured Black Limba billet as the body to assure perfect colour and grain match. The guitar is finished off with a pitch black Gaboon Ebony fingerboard and Claro Walnut headstock plate (cut from the same set as the top).
Onto the hardware- first and foremost is the very special pickups. These are a custom set of McNelly Pickups, handmade in Canada. These may look like P90’s but they are actually a pair of Humbuckers, heavily wound to create a powerful tone. These are a hugely versatile pair of pickups which have a stunning voice to them, very warm cleans and can be driven heavily. The pickups are also wired up to individual coil split mini-toggles, enabling strat style tones if required.
The wiring spec also features a kill-switch, individual volumes for each pickup and a master tone control.
The bridge is a Mastery Tune-o-matic style, with a Gotoh Tailpiece and, at the other end, a set of Gotoh Machines. The guitar also features hand cut chunky brass nut for added sustain and tone, and inside the neck a pair of carbon tension rods sit either side of the dual action Truss Rod.
The scale length is 24.75″ and features a 16″ radius fingerboard on a custom neck carve. As with all Ambler Customs Guitars, I take great pride in my finishes and this guitar is no exception. It features a wet-look piano style finish, making these beautiful woods look their very best whilst also offing the most protection.
The guitar comes with a certificate of Authenticity and Custom Flightcase. Any question about this instrument, or if you would like to arrange a play test then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
- Claro Walnut Feathered Crotch-cut book match top
- Master grade ‘fiddle-back’ Black Limba body