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For many guitar players, a Trussart is probably not the  guitar you’ll buy if you could only own one guitar – Not sure why that is the case, but it just is – Yet to enrich any collection, a Trussart Guitar can perhaps add more individuality and mojo, then many other guitars, as they are certainly distinctive – So check out this used James Trussart Steelcaster Deluxe, from 2015, with a cream on red distressed finished and the ‘Holey’ back  – Complete with a deluxe C&G croco vinyl covered case and note the lush crimson teddy bear interior – Also complete with the appropriate Trussart warranty card and certificate, that details some of the product spec/info – Due to the nature of the  aged finish, it is hard to detect if it has acquired any slight additional grazes, or signs of use, since it was first purchased – It doesn’t appear to have, so effectively it is still in that ‘as new’ condition – Clean set of medium/jumbo frets – Re-strung and set-up with a set of 10’s and a sensible fluid playing action

There is no denying that James Trussart Guitars have created some individual character, with regards to their visual attributes – And certainly that cool cream on red aged finish, that is complimented with an engraved red roses scratch plate, gives the guitar a unique style   – However, looks alone is not a reason to buy any guitar, yet with that in mind, Trussart does not have to worry about the playing performance and tonal quality of his guitars – I believe one of the greatest assets that Trussart possesses is the growing number of well known artists who have purchased his guitars – Note the word purchased, as Trussart does not give away his guitars, to our guitar hero’s, in exchange for some free publicity – A list of artists that have owned/played various Trussart Guitars includes, Billy Gibbons, Robert Cray, Tom Morello, Joe Perry, Metallica, Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins, Keith Richards, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Raconteurs and many  more

Visual Appearance :- To describe the character of this Deluxe Steelcaster, some will say, different, idiosyncratic, cool, weird or simply unusual – I adore the cream on red distressed finish, that is complimented with an engraved red roses scratch plate and matching headstock facia, coupled with lightly aged hardware – The hollow metal body on the Deluxe Steelcaster is the Thinline style, with an f-hole, whilst the rear of the body features the Holey (perforated) format – This format helps to bring the guitar in at only 7lbs and 11oz, so certainly credible and maybe somewhat surprisingly lighter than expected to many

Neck/Feel/Playability :- Tagged as been spec’d with a 62 neck profile, that measures .835″ at the top nut end, then gently tapers to .925″ at the 12th fret – This rounded C profile is straight from Fender’s early 60’s golden era, so home territory for many guitar players – Not to fat, so it sits in that middle ground that possesses just enough meat to be comfortable, yet without hindering your playing experience – Now enrich the playing performance with a 9″ radius on a maple fingerboard, along with a set of 6105 medium  jumbo frets, all of which allows for a well balanced fluid action and effortless string bending, without the choking that can be associated with a more traditional 7.25″ radius, a sper many pure vintage spec’d guitars – To give you that instant ‘played in’ feel, the maple neck is spec’d with a thin satin finish, so all in all a very comfortable guitar to play – Set-up with a set of 10’s and a nice fluid playing action – Finally, note that the Deluxe Steelcaster still features the traditional 25.5″ scale length and a 1 5/8″ nut width – The aged hardware includes a set Tone Pro tuners with the ‘Kluson’ style slotted string post, whilst the bridge possesses a set of brass saddles saddles

Tonal character – A pair of hand wound Arcane pick-ups are chosen to bring out the best from the Deluxe Steelcaster, with a warm sounding paf based humbucker in the neck position and a ballsy early 50’s single coil pick-up, with flat pole pieces, in the bridge position – The humbucker is wound with a vintage flavoured output  – Whilst the bridge pick-up, with Broadcaster style flat pole pieces competes with the humbucker, with no shortage of balls, growl, bite and attack –  Despite what you initial expectations maybe, the tone is not hard, brittle, nasty, clangy or sharp – On clean amp settings, the neck pick-up is warm enough, to even satisfy players with any chilled out jazz requirements, with a delightful hollow woody vibe about it – Again on clean amp settings the bridge pick-up has a vintage full bodied twang about it, musically warm and certainly not brash and with no shortage of body/depth – On crunch or hi-gain amp settings the same applies with lush smooth tones from the neck pick-up and those classic crunchy Tele tones from the bridge pick-up, that work well on both chords or single notes – From sweet and soft to hot and screamin’, this Trussart is loaded with character, very dynamic and responsive to your playing needs – Incidentally, there is no feedback issue with this instrument, even when cranked up with a hi-gain amp setting – Maybe it is hard to nail the Trussart’s exact tonal character, but it is certainly more vintage flavoured than that of a modern guitar – No way is it short of soul, passion and emotion – I don’t see it been played a lot on a clean amp setting, yet whilst it will handle a hi-gain overdriven amp setting, it somehow works best on a classic rock/blues overdriven amp setting, where you can still hear the guitar breathe and its true character to shine through – Boogie style riffs, licks and tricks and this guitar is in tonal heaven – Forgot to mention the push/pull option on the tone pot, to allow you to tap the humbucker, as required, for a single coil flavoured tone

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