Well, I’m not at all sure when they made the official announcement, but cruising Campbell American’s site this morning I came upon what looks to be the latest edition to their family of fine hand made guitars––the UK-1.
If you’ve never heard of Campbell American, they’re a boutique guitar maker out of New England’s Blackstone Valley, and suffice it to say that my first run-in with one of their instruments (see my review of the Campbell American Precix) left me wanting more, more, more… I’m glad to see they’ve been forthcoming.
The UK-1 is apparently a double cutaway model that sports a Basswood body in its standard configuration, though due to the fact that these are built by hand there are actually a host of other materials available for your choosing (try that when you order your next Fender,) including Ash, Maple, Mahogany, Walnut, Sapele, Bubinga, Alder, Cherry and other exotic woods. You can even add optional binding.
Other features include a 25 1?2” scale length neck w/22 medium jumbo frets, a 12.5″ radius fretboard of Rosewood, Maple, or Ebony, graphite nut, fixed adjustable bridge (hipshot floating tremolo optional,) Chrome hardware (Gold or Black optional,) 15:1 ratio Gotoh sealed tuners (Sperzel locking tuners optional,) dual humbuckers or P-90s (3rd singlecoil optional,) 3-way pickup switching, volume control, tone control with push/pull coil tapping, and an old fashioned Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish.
If you’re looking for a seriously customizable guitar, boasting hand made quality and attention to detail, I can highly recommend any of Campbell American’s guitars. Well worth a look for the serious guitar player.