Saticoy Saticoy | LsL Instruments
Another step back in time.

 

When I decided to make this kind of guitar I figured that I would start with the beginning; 1954. I was lucky enough to get my hands on a real holy-grail kind of guitar that was loaned to us. It was number 1055 and she was and still is a honey of a guitar. We couldn't have a better example.

 

We worked hard to get that same, vintage tone and feel with a few improvements along the way. Our body shape is slightly different and sexier. Smooth, hand-shaped contours make for a smoother, more flowing shape.

 

Our Saticoy models also have the lower tone knob controlling the tone on the bridge pickup alone while the middle tone knob controls both the middle and bridge pickups.

 

We believe that our Saticoy is a worthy and true example of a vintage sound and feel that only comes with gigantic price tags. And even if you were lucky enough to have one of those, you wouldn't want to be yanking it into dark, sticky-floored bars. Our goal was to make a guitar that would be great enough to attract some of the best players around. Now, several of my guitar heroes are playing Saticoys. How cool is that?
 
Please take a look at the product shots for some examples of all the killer variations of Saticoys we've made.

 



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Cases

G&G Quality Case Company makes LsL, hardshell cases right here in Los Angeles.  

U.S. made, Hard-shell Cases come with all LsL guitars.

Colors

  • Black
    Black
  • Blonde
    Blonde
  • Butterscotch Blackguard (original color)
    Butterscotch Blackguard (original color)
  • DeSoto Blue
    DeSoto Blue
  • E-Foam Green
    E-Foam Green
  • Ice Pink
    Ice Pink
  • Lake Placid Blue
    Lake Placid Blue
  • RC Red
    RC Red
  • Red
    Red
  • Sea Foam Green
    Sea Foam Green
  •   Sea Foam Green Pearl
    Sea Foam Green Pearl
  • Two-tone Sunburst
    Two-tone Sunburst
  • Three-tone Sunburst
    Three-tone Sunburst
  • Vintage Cream
    Vintage Cream
  • Vintage White
    Vintage White
  • Dark Ion
    Dark Ion
  • Custom Colors and headstock painting are available for an extra charge

Bridge

We use a 2 1/8" string spacing, Wilkinson, steel-block , vintage style bridge.

Electronics

We use CTS pots, fiber covered wire, and Mojo Dijon capacitors. A 5-way pickup selector switch. 

The lower tone controls the bridge pickup and the middle tone controls the middle and neck pickups.

Different wiring configurations are available on request.

Pickguards

LsL pickguards are all made in house and hand-fit, aged and finished.

Single-ply: White, parchment or cream (beige).


Early versions of these tend to deform with age and I'm sure ours will too. But that's OK with us. All plastic will deform some with age but single-ply is much more susceptible to this. We hand age these, take off the gloss and put a little hand-wear in the appropriate places.

3-ply is stiffer and more modern. It comes in white-black-white, black-white-black, mint-green, black , mint-green and many other varieties. We can usually get them all.

We use our own, philips-head, nickel-plated, aged, screws to attach our pickguards onto Saticoys.

Pickups

All Saticoys come with either our 50's set or our slightly higher output, 60's set.

Bridge pickup: LsL Hand-wound, single-coil, slightly hotter than the middle or neck so it won't be overly piercing.

Neck and Middle pickups: LsL Hand-wound, single-coil, low output.

Our pickup covers, knobs and metal parts have all been hand-aged, right here, with meticulous attention to detail and believability.

Strings

We use D'Addario, XL110 strings. They are: .010, .013, .017, .026, .036 .046 (High to Low in inches).

Frets

Our instruments all come with 6105 size frets. That is they are .090" wide and .055" tall. They are the perfect combination of width and height.


Stainless frets are available for an extra charge. (they kill our tools and are difficult to install, but they last forever and are a joy to bend on).

Fingerboard Radius

Fingerboards can be made with 7.25" or a 9.5" radius.

The 7.25" radius is rounder and therefore its geometry will not allow for very low action, but it feels great. We set all our guitar's action to .060" from the high E string to the top of the 12th fret and that suits most folks. Just right.

A 9.5 radius is a bit flatter than a 7.25. It can accommodate a lower action. So it can feel faster to some.

Finish

All LsL guitars are finished with Nitrocellulose lacquer. We mix our own colors and apply as thin a finish as possible and then hand-sand and buff. We then crack the finish to allow the guitar to sing and since the finish is so thin already we apply a little creative beating so it has that played hard, brought home sweaty (for many years), kind of feel to it. Each one is unique and has her own personality.

Neck

We hand-shape all our necks and there's nothing like it.


They come in either all maple or maple with a rosewood fingerboard.


Rosewood has a slightly darker sound than a maple neck.

Body

Comes in either Swamp Ash, Sugar Pine or Alder. And now,,,KORINA too!


Ash has a classic tone, like an old '52.


Pine is snappy with a big bottom and a big top and a louder attack.


Alder is smooth and round with a darker tone. Tends to be a little heavier than Ash or Pine and has a distinctly 60's sort of tone.

 



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