SB3; A workhorse guitar for the modern guitarist

The concept for this guitar design (body shape, headstock and neck profile, and core wiring system) was to draw on the influence and reliability of session musician favourites -the classic ‘workhorse’ guitars, such as Tele and SG type guitars and create a beautiful, hardworking and ergonomic guitar for the 21st century.
With that in mind, I opted for a single cutaway shape to give good contact between the neck and the body but opted for a through body construction, so we could push the heel back and give it an ergonomic feel. With a greatly reduced body size and depth (typical 35mm), we are able to offer guitars that can way under 6lb, fully fitted out, particularly when coupled with light weight tulip wood, this is further enhanced with a headstock, engineered for light weight, which we typically fit with Schaller M6 Mini tuning machines.
The neck is made as three-piece neck as standard, with a soft trapezoid/V profile, giving a wider flat panel in the middle of the neck and a soft curve on the upper and lower. This gives three strong positions all the way down the neck to anchor the thumb. Our fret boards are planed flat and then given a massive -near flat radius, resulting in a fast and comfortable neck, offering strong bends and playability that is hard to put down!
To finish the guitar properly, we fit a Schaller 3D bridge as standard -a precision bridge for a precision guitar! This is a beautifully engineered bridge with 3 axis adjustability per string and bags of sustain! We also offer our standard SB3 wiring system to give masses of tonal variety, even with just one pickup. This a tone isolator switch, lowering the impedance on the circuitry and offering a very quick switch between a modern high gain tone and a creamy blues lead, without touching your amp!

Typical Spec and Price Guide
Maple/Sapele neck
Schaller Hardware
35mm sapele body with walnut cap
25” scale, 24 frets
42mm nut width, 57mm at the heal
Soft Trapezoid/V neck with near flat radius
2 way, slimline trussrod

SB3 Standard2 Classic – Prices from £1099
JB SH-4 Bridge pickup from Seymour Duncan
Quarter Pounder tele style neck pickup
Hand crafted scratch plate, typically featured wood, T shaped, or matched control plate
Bound neck, oil finish
SB3 Standard2 Modern – Prices from £1199
Twin P-rail pickups from Seymour Duncan
Featured wood top or compound veneer top
D shape control plat or back mounted controls (ad. £125)
Oil finish

SB3 Junior1– Prices from £999
Spec as Standard2 Modern, but can be made either way. Single pickup only, works well with 2012 body shape (please email for details) for a light weight, extra portable guitar.
Although this seems quite simple, when combined with the standard wiring system, the single pickup offers bags of versatility. This is the guitar of choice in the studio for both Steve and Stuart!

Customs are more than welcome! For full details please email me at sbc-design@outlook.com
-Stuart, Guitar designer and builder

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