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Brand New w/ Warranty. We are an authorized Shelton Dealer.
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The Shelton Timeflite GTX Special features a lively thinline body, a Mastery bridge and vibrato, and an array of pickup choices with unique wiring and control possibilities. Equal parts tradition and nonconformist, it brings a timeless favorite into the modern era. Not the exact Shelton you’re looking for? Contact us and we can help you spec out a custom order to your exact liking!
What Do We Think?
Powered by a Lambertones Grinder humbucker pickup set hidden in plain sight under Jazzmaster covers, this thinline mahogany guitar is ready to take on just about anything.
You get warm neck tones with an airy bounce on one end and darker, meatier bridge tones on the other. And a WHOLE lot in between thanks to a 5-way toggle switch. The Mastery vibrato is a superb piece of hardware. Shelton has also built a bit of neck angle into the guitar, akin to a Gibson, giving your strings a better break angle over the bridge for more stability and better transfer of string resonance to the body.
Here’s a brief rundown of the various tones the 5-way switch gives you access to:
Position 1 - Bridge: This one has some serious punch! It is rich and robust, yet has superb articulation on the top end.
Position 2 - Bridge & Neck in Parallel: Your traditional “middle” position. It gives you a tight attack and perfect blend of neck and bridge contributions.
Position 3 - Neck: Warm and chewy on bottom, but superbly transparent in the midrange. This pickup is voiced sweet and open and balances very well with the bridge.
Position 4 - Bridge & Neck Single Coil in Parallel: Snappier version of “middle” position, without the standard single coil volume drop! Not quacky like a strat, yet very vibrant.
Position 5 - Bridge & Neck Single Coil in Series: This position will compress your amp almost like putting a boost pedal in front. Tones are powerful but remain dynamic.
In the cosmetics department, this guitar features an aged finish with some really cool nitro finish checking. Black bound top and natural back/sides. Mother of pearl block inlays on a perfect black ebony fretboard, with fretboard binding to match the body. It’s a classy looking piece!
How Does It Play?
The neck profile is a medium C with effortless playability. The string action at the 12th fret on the low E string measures just 4/64”, and all the way down to 3/64” on the high E. Let’s just say we don’t set up guitars any lower than that! And this is all without fretbuzz. The satin finish provides a very smooth feel that will stay nice and dry, without any stickiness as the night goes on.
Weight: 7lb 5.5oz
The Custom Shelton G&G Hard Case is included!
Body Wood: Mahogany w/ Bound Mahogany Top
Body Finish: Black w/ Walnut Back (Aged Nitro)
Neck Wood: Plain Maple
Neck Finish: Black Lacquer Gloss Swoosh w/ Tinted Satin Back
Neck Shape: Tailored C
Scale Length: 25.5”
Fingerboard Material: Ebony w/ Mother of Pearl Block Inlays
Fingerboard Radius: 9.5”
Number of Frets: 21
Fret Size: JESCAR FW47095
Nut Material: Tusq XL
Nut Width: 1.687”
Shape Dimensions: Tailored C 1st FRET = .835” / 12th FRET .915”
Bridge Pickup: Lambertones Grinder JM
Middle Pickup: None
Neck Pickup: Lambertones Grinder JM
Controls: Volume, Tone, 5-Way Switch
Pots: (2) Emerson PRO CTS (3/8”) .375” solid shaft
Switch: Oak Grisby 5-Way Switch
Jack: Switchcraft ¼” Mono
Capacitor: (1) 0.047uf Emerson Paper in Oil Capacitor
Bridge: Mastery M1 Bridge
Vibrato: Mastery OMV w/ UFO Tip
Tuning Machines: Gotoh SD91 Staggered Vintage
Pickguard: Black 3-Ply Wide Bevel
Knobs: Aluminum Flat Tops
Finish: Stainless, Aged Nickel
Case: G&G Hardshell Deluxe Case