PICKUPS

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Sample video of the Gowen SCi in London Plane, single Irongear Dirty Torque pickup, Blackstar ID Core 100 amp. Performed by Lucy Gowen

SC Standard Specification

Single cutaway body with either single or twin humbuckers, finished in a hand rubbed oil finish.

  • Gotoh 510UB Wraparound Bridge

  • Gotoh Tuning Machines

  • Optional carved top and rear contour

  • Options for staining / bleaching body.

  • Schaller straplock buttons

Electrics

  • All CTS switches and pots

  • Irongear Dirty Torque Humbucker in Bridge position and optional Irongear Blues Engine in Neck Position or Irongear Tesla Sharks set

  • On-board pickup humbucker surround Shadow Tuner (Bridge pickup)

  • Separate volume and Tone controls for each pickup

  • Options for coil tapping (Standard Body Style only)

Neck

  • Maple/Mahogany neck, Rosewood /Ebony fretboard, dotted or trapezoid fret markers

  • 628mm scale length

  • Medium-jumbo sized frets

  • Chrome Gotoh machine heads

  • ​Silver 1914 threepence inlaid in truss rod cover

Enquiries about this guitar -  please email us here or visit the shop.

Model History

We first built our SC design in 2018, using offcuts of London Plane trees that had been felled during the clearing of St James Gardens London, in preparation for the expansion of London Euston Station. St James Gardens had originally been planned and planted in the late 1780s, and our supplier has a large stock of 200 year old London Plane timber.

 

Our goal was to create a smaller, more compact single cutaway design, with a flat top and back, which could be offered at a range of price points.

Our original SC(i) in 2018 had a 35mm, thin, 2-piece body which tapered towards the neck pocket, and a set neck. We had been experimenting with alternatives to the standard separate bridge and tailpiece configuration and opted for the Gotoh 510UB Wraparound bridge, to improve playability and clean up the aesthetics of the guitar top. So far we've been very pleased with the results and plan to include these bridges on future builds.

In 2020 we updated the body shape of our SC design, to include a more pronounced curve on the lower horn and decrease the waist of the guitar body. We also added a deeper round-over to the body edges. For increased flexibility and to aid future instrument set-ups, the SCii now has a bolt-on neck and  a choice or either Grover or Gotoh machine heads. 

BODY STYLES

Our SC guitars are available in the following body styles:

  • Skinny

Skinny bodies are usually between 35 and 40mm thick, so they're perfect if you like the feel of a more compact guitar. With optional front and rear body contours you can get an instrument with a very thin profile. Most thinner bodies do not have tops, and are made as solid single or double piece bodies. Because of their thin profile, Skinny bodies can't have coil-tapped pickups.

  • Standard

Standard bodies vary from between 40 and 50mm, depending on options chosen for carving and tops. Only Standard body styles can accommodate the electronics needed for coil tapping.

NECKS

We build our SC guitars with 22 frets and a 628mm scale length. Necks can either be set or bolt-on, but we're currently preferring the flexibility that bolt-on necks give. 

Choose between the following wood combinations:

  • Mahogany neck and Rosewood fretboard (lightest neck)

  • Mahogany neck and Ebony fretboard

  • Maple neck and Rosewood fretboard

  • Maple neck and Ebony fretboard (heaviest neck)

PICKUPS

We use high quality pickups from mankers like Irongear, Lollar and House of Tone in our guitar builds. 

Contact us for more information about the pickups available or the tone you're looking for in your new guitar build.

IN STOCK

WOODS

The woods we normally use in our guitars include:

  • Tulip Wood

  • Ash (English or American Swamp Ash)

  • Mahogany (Sapele)

  • Chestnut

  • Cherry

  • London Plane

  • Walnut

** All the above body woods can be combined with unique, figured guitar tops - contact us for details of top and body combinations currently available.

See the images below for sample shots of some of these woods. (NB These are samples for illustration only, the actual grain pattern and colouring of your instrument's body wood may differ from these samples).

As well as these options we occasionally have unique, highly figured bodies or tops available in English Cherry, Pear, Apple, Royal Ash, Spalted Maple, Burr Maple, Burr Sycamore and South American Granadillo.

We can order any of the varieties below for your guitar if we don't currently have them in the workshop.

Solid Tulip Body - Prices start at around £1100 for a single-humbucker T.

Solid Korina Body - Prices start at around £1425 for a single-humbucker T.

Solid London Plane Body - Prices start at around £1475 for a single-humbucker T.

Solid Ash Body - Prices start at around £1195 for a single-humbucker T.

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