Leigh Guitars Partscaster Relic Black 2018
Leigh Guitars Thinline, blonde, made in Australia 2019. Matt Leigh works for a major Australian guitar brand by day and does custom builds for kicks on the sides, and oh boy, he does great work. This one features a neck by Mr Leigh and a body built by a long-time serial Topshelfer. The body is made from fifty year aged pine, so it's super light and resonant and beautifully handmade. The neck features some gorgeous tight maple and dark streaky rosewood; it's built to a superb standard and features the almost-invincible stainless frets. It's a slim C style profile with a vintage radius and a thin finish, so it's got a great feel in the hands. The pickups are a pair of Lollar Novel 90s: P-90 style hot single coils in an HB size case. Lollar stuff costs a small fortune for a reason: these sound superb. There's heaps of chime and bite on the top, balanced by a dynamically responsive and harmonically rich midrange and a warm, tight bass. The middle position is perfect, the snappy bridge pickup and beefy neck pickup balance each other out perfectly. The blonde finish looks great too, the tort guard and Bigsby add a little flair and it certainly looks great on the shop wall. If you built this from parts you'd be up for a small fortune, so if you're after a smart buy, nab this one and smile knowingly to yourself.
Model: Leigh Guitars Thinline Partscaster
Made: Australia, 2019
Finish: blonde, nitro gloss, 3-ply tort guard
Body: 50 year aged pine, chambered
Neck: maple, rosewood board, modern C profile, 25.5" scale, 7.25" radius
Pickups: Lollar Novel 90 single coil x2
Cosmetic condition notes: mild finish wear. Headstock is pretty clean, no major marks. Neck has some light glossing from play but no major marks. The back has widespread light dimples and scuffs, no major marks. The sides have scuffs and dimples around the whole body, but no major marks. The front has a few dimples around the tailpiece and some light play wear on the guard and horns. Overall: very good condition (8/10).
Playing condition notes: Action is low, neck is straight, intonation is good, truss rod works. All electronics tested and working properly. The frets stainless steel and almost new, 9.5/10 for fret life left. Wearing fresh 10/46 Moonshiners strings.