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Moonshine isn’t the only thing to come from the hills of North Carolina. The state has been the birthplace of banjo great Earl Scruggs and the stomping grounds of flat top picker Doc Watson. But more recently, the electrified sounds of Elliott guitars and amplifiers have been heard rolling in the valleys and roaring on stages across the nation. From an unassuming shop in Hiddenite, NC, this 190-proof team is crafting some of the most intoxicating small-batch guitar flavors in the industry.
This guitar starts with a resonant alder body finished off in a beautiful Vintage White. The neck is a flatsawn maple with a mid-60’s fast C profile. Andy Elliott favors flatsawn over quartersawn for its broader frequency response and reinforces the neck with two graphite rods to make sure it doesn’t move no matter how hard your rock or how far you travel.
The neck is topped with an Indian Rosewood fingerboard that is planed under tension for a perfectly straight end result. The frets are epoxied to transfer maximum resonance and avoid the minute backbow that a traditional fretting technique applies to the neck as frets tangs are “wedged” into the fingerboard. Hence, you get a perfectly-operating truss rod that doesn’t play any games down the length of the neck.
The body is a gloss nitro in the previously-mentioned Vintage White. It’s a wonderful creamy shade, not too white and not too yellow. The neck is a smooth satin nitro (gloss on headstock), dressed up on the side with Elliott’s unique red-toned dot inlays to stay easily visibility under stage lights or lack thereof.
This vintage T-style bridge is a tone beast! The compensated brass saddles intonate wonderfully and lend the guitar a warm, rich midrange. No lack of clarity or definition though! Just bell-like attack and beautiful sustain thanks to the .060” thick steel and large surface-to-surface contact area of the bridge to the guitar.
Josh speaking here… I have fallen in love with the house-wound Elliott pickups. It has been super informative chatting with Andy and with Adam, who winds the pickups. They design and voice them with a huge dynamic range that performs across the full sweep of the volume and tone controls. These are loud but not overwound and are built from start to finish uniquely for their respective pickup positions.
The Telewacker goldfoil in the neck is big and chimey. The bridge is poised to saturate the midrange of your amp beautifully when you dig in and seduce your ear with a charismatic sparkle on top when you lay back. Even through in-ears, you’ll find single-note lines just as appealing as big open-voiced chords because there are no holes or weak spots in the tonal spectrum. Every spot on the neck simultaneously delivers a rich, thick bedrock and a stunning clarity in the overtones.
How Does It Play?
This one measures in at just 4/64" on the low E string and nearly down to 3/64" on the high E, without buzz. Andy Elliott has his guitars thoroughly dialed in and they seem to be bulletproof to the normal affects of shipping and variations in climate. The neck feels superb and the body contours are considerate and comfortable.
The SKB hardshell case is included and will protect your guitar faithfully. The rubber cushion grip handle is super comfy and the latches are TSA-approved.
Neck: Flatsawn Maple w/ graphite reinforcement rods
Profile: Mid-‘60s fast C
Truss Rod: Single action
Fretboard: Indian Rosewood
Pickups: Elliott Telewackers
Controls: Master volume / Master tone
Bridge: Vintage T-style w/ compensated brass saddles