(SOLD) Bacchus Handmade Series 30th Anniversary T-Master Natural 2007 (08 of 12)
Bacchus T-Master, made in Japan 2007, satin oil finish. Back in 1977, master luthier Yasuo Momose founded Headway guitars, and would go on to make a whole bunch of the best guitars ever produced in Japan under the growing Deviser umbrella of brands. This exceptional example was made as part of a limited run of twelve to commemorate three decades of the company, and they sure didn't mess around. First up, it's got a solid, one-piece rosewood neck. It's been carved by hand to a slim vintage C shape with a modern 12" radius with classy rolled fretboard edges, and it feels like Christmas morning (without the family drama!) in your hands. The body is a two-piece, centre joined premium piece of swamp ash, finished in natural oil. You'd think that combo makes for a heavy guitar, but it weighs in at a sprightly 3.1kg. It's amazingly resonant in the hands, every single little touch brings it alive. There's a satisfying percussiveness to the tone, which comes out all the more plugged in. The bridge pickup delivers some classic twang, but there's so much more: thick, weighty low end that punches hard and fast, complex and harmonious mids that add richness and focus and a superb clarity that brings out every note even the most dense of chords. The neck pickup is beefier, warmer and creamier, but with a similar snappy attack and immediacy. It's perfect for aggressive funk rhythm parts, rifftastic punk lines or crisp country licks, it'll cover all sorts of ground effortlessly and convincingly. The oil finish shows marks up close, but looks pretty clean from a foot away and lets the grain of the wood do the talking, and that neck and headstock... dang, that's a lux look. I'm a massive fan of this one, it's a spectacular guitar, and it'll give stuff by Fender Custom Shop, Suhr etc a very good run for their money. Thanks Yasuo!
Model: Bacchus Handmade Series 30th Anniversary T-Master (08 of 12)
Made: Japan, 2007
Finish: natural satin, oil+wax style finish
Body: swamp ash, two-piece centre join
Neck: solid rosewood, 12" radius
Pickups: Bacchus STP-1 soapbar single coil, STL-1 single coil
Case: Bacchs branded gig bag
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. Headstock has some minor dimples on the end and bottom edge. The neck is clean and smooth in the hands, minor dimples on the back only. The back has minor scuffs and surface scratches around the whole body, and a noticeable scratch. The sides have minor dimples around the whole body, no major marks. The front has dimples around the whole body, especially in the elbow area, some scuffing near the jack plate, no major marks though. Overall: very good condition (7.5/10)
Playing condition notes: Neck is straight, action is low, intonation is good, truss rod works. All electrics tested and working properly. Frets have some normal wear but they're pretty even with no major buzz issues, 7/10 for fret life left. Wearing fresh 10/46 Moonshiners strings.