Retro designs popularised by surf and garage bands, and more recently by the likes of Jack White, return in style
hicago-based guitar manufacturer Jay Turser has announced a new line of vintage surf and garage rock style electric guitars from the early ‘60s, named the J-Tones. Known for their tone, styling and accessibility, these retro designs arrive in three distinct body styles, with modern manufacturing and premium parts.
The Mosman is based on guitars made popular by ’60s surf bands like The Ventures and punk bands in the ’70s such as The Ramones. It features a mahogany body with a maple neck and rosewood fingerboard, with aluminium nut and zero fret. Hardware includes chrome vintage-style tuners, spring vibrato and intonatable roller bridge. The P90 Alnico 5 pickups have a more accentuated high and mid tonal quality, and are selected by a 3-way switch, controlled with a volume and a tone knob. The Mosman comes in Tobacco Sunburst, Candy Apple Red, Black, or White, and retails for $649.99 (approx. £400).
The 1457 is inspired by the electric guitars used by garage bands from the mid ‘60s. This style has been seen recently in the hands of artists such as Jack White and The Black Keys. It features a birch body with maple neck and rosewood fingerboard, and hardware includes chrome vintage-style tuners and a six saddle adjustable bridge/tailpiece. Electronics consist of two lipstick Alnico 5 pickups, with 3-way selector, one volume and one tone control. The 1457 will be available in Silver Sparkle, Black Sparkle and Burgundy Burst finishes and at a retail price of $499.99 (approx. £310).
The 1423 is based on late ‘50s era guitars, with a single cutaway mahogany body, maple neck and rosewood fingerboard. Electronics feature two humbuckers, each with dedicated volume and tone controls and selected by a three-way rotary switch. Hardware includes Kluson styled quality tuners, a rosewood bridge and trapeze tailpiece. The 1423 comes in Black Sparkle, Tobacco Sunburst and Burgundy Burst, and retails at $549.99 (approx. £340).
For more information about the Jay Turser J-Tones Series, visit www.jayturser.com