Last year I was introduced to the unique beauty and hand-made quality of Zemaitis guitars when I accidentally stumbled across the gorgeous Zemaitis Metal Front – a hand engraved, metal topped monster that looks roughly like a Les Paul, but with a whole lot more personality.
While Zemaitis is known for their incredible hand-crafted masterpieces (these things are true works of art!) there is actually a less expensive alternative available (subjectively speaking) – the GZ series of guitars, which are built under license by Japan’s Greco company.
Of course, even the GZ series are far from cheap, with the cool GZ-3500MF coming in at a solid $3,000… ouch! Still, they are cheaper than the Zemaitis Custom Shop instruments, and in my opinion every bit as good looking.
The guitar pictured here is one of my new favorites, the Zemaitis GZ-3300WF – a single cutaway, mahogany solid body guitar with a stunning flame maple top.
The Zemaitis GZ-3300WF Features–
- Single-Piece Mahogany Back
- Flame Maple Top
- Single-Piece Mahogany Neck
- 25-Inch Scale Length
- Ebony Fretboard With 22 Frets
- Dual DiMarzio PAF (DP103) Pickups
- Two Volume & Two Tone Controls
- 3-Way Pickup Switching
- Schaller M6 Tuning Machines
- ZEMAITIS Solid Duralumin Bridge & Tailpiece
These Zemaitis by Greco beauties (if you can get your hands on one,) come in three finishes: Honey Brown, Transparent Blue, and Transparent Black.