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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.
First things first. This is quite possibly THE most beautiful guitar I have ever held (Josh speaking here). The flame maple top truly looks three dimensional as you change the angle of the guitar under the light. The appearance of the grain actually moves and ripples right in front of your eyes. The Tobacco Burst finish is flawless and allows you to see the flame right up to the edge of the guitar. Abalone inlay down the center, binding front and back, this guitar pulls out all the stops. And the acoustic sustain of the one-piece mahogany semi-hollow body is enormous.
Whereas some warmer varieties of humbucking pickups tend to be mushy or saggy, it is almost as if the Elliotts have a subtle studio-grade compressor built in to ensure that the attack has maximum punch with a round edge and loads of clarity. The decay is lush and the string-to-string definition is never lost. These pickups can get a little burly when you want it, but at heart they are tight, smooth and inviting. Play them clean,
play them dirty, play them with a multitude of modulation effects…
your initial pick attack and note fundamental will always shine through.
The Maple neck is a versatile mid-‘60s C profile. The frets are PLEK’d, crowned, and dressed to perfection. 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. It is finished in a smooth satin nitro (gloss on headstock) and dressed up on the side with Elliott’s unique red-toned dot inlays, easily visibility under stage lights or lack thereof. It 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 Elliott hardtail bridge on this guitar is a tone beast! The brass saddles help lend the guitar a warm, rich midrange. No lack of clarity or definition though! Just great attack and beautiful sustain thanks to the large surface-to-surface area of the bridge to the guitar.
How Does It Play?
Elliott guitars are dialed in thoroughly at the shop and seem to be bulletproof to the normal affects of shipping and variations in climate. The action was low without buzz the minute we opened the case. Of course, we check thoroughly and ensure everything is in tip-top shape from frets to electronics. The neck has a super comfortable satin finish that will stay smooth and won’t get sticky with use.
Weight: 6lb 4oz
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.
Top: Figured maple
Body: One-piece mahogany (double bound)
Neck: Flatsawn Maple w/ graphite reinforcement rods (bound)
Profile: Mid-‘60s C (.85” at 1st fret, .95” at 12th fret)
Truss Rod: Single action
Fretboard: Indian Rosewood
Pickups: Elliott Humbuckers
Controls: 2x volume / 2x tone
Bridge: Elliott Hardtail