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Fingerboards can be made with 7.25" and 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. It's low but high enough for good tone and easy bending.
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.
We round the edges of the fingerboard after fretting to give a worn-in feel.
We hand-shape all our necks and there's nothing like it. So we can shape whatever we want. We're not locked into specific shapes.
Just order what you would like: big "C", "Soft V" etc. You can also supply us with thickness measurements and we'll make that too.
They come in either all maple or maple with a rosewood fingerboard. We've even done some exotics like rosewood and korina.
Necks with a rosewood have a slightly darker sound than an all maple neck.
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 make but they last almost forever and are a joy to bend on
We use Cleartone Coated Strings. They are: .010, .013, .017, .026, .036 .046 (High to Low in inches).
LsL Pickguards are all made in house and hand-fit and finished.
They are available in:
Lacquered bakelite (black), Single-ply white, 3-ply black/white/black, 3-ply mint/black/mint, Single-ply parchment, 3-ply white/black/white,
Others are available on request with and extra charge.
Tone-Guard aluminum pickguards are also available.
We hand age these our own pickguards to give them a well-worn look. We take off the gloss and put a little hand-wear in the appropriate places. Then, we tint them.
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, nickel-plated, aged, screws to attach our pickguards.
Comes in either Swamp Ash, Sugar Pine or Alder. We now also offer KORINA in translucent amber finish.
And, we do double or single-side binding in cream.
Lumber is very important to us so we get the best.
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.
We use our own LsL Ashtray bridge. On Badbone 2 we cut the plate to fit behind the bridge pickup.
LsL brass saddles, screws, and springs.
On Badbone 1's, either or both side flanges can be cut back for easy access to the strings right near the saddles.
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. On aged guitars, 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.
All of our Badbones come with our own pickups and it's hard to imagine wanting better.
Bridge pickup: LsL Silverado Bridge Hum on Badbone 2 OR LsL Hand-wound, P-88 hotter vintage tone on Badbone 1's
Neck pickup: LsL Silverado Neck Hum or LsL P-90.
We use CTS pots, fiber covered wire, and Mojo Dijon capacitors. We also use a 3/8" long bushing output jack to accommodate right-angle guitar plugs. (ya gotta love that).
A 3-way pickup selector switch with our own, hand shaped, switch-tip.
We use a push-pull switch on the tone knob that will split the humbucker coils. When pulled up, all humbuckers on the guitar go into single-coil mode.
Different wiring configurations are available on request.
G&G, U.S. made, hard-shell cases come with all LsL guitars.
Black Paisley on Butterscotch
Black Paisley on Vintage Cream
Black Paisley on DeSoto Blue
Black Paisley on Three-Tone Sunburst
Butterscotch Blackguard (original color)
Candy Apple Red
Lake Placid Blue
Sea Foam Green
Sea Foam Green Pearl
Custom Colors and headstock painting are available for an extra charge