Custom guitar shop Shamray Guitars took the ergonomic design of the original Ovation Breadwinner (an inspiration for the subsequent Klein Electric Guitar1 and the Forshage hollowbody guitar) and updated it into this 12 string electric guitar made from striking AAAAA figured sapele wood.
For those unfamiliar with sapele, Wood Identification and Use describes it as a type of African mahogany. With wood this unusual, it would have been a shame to hide it behind a pickguard so they did away with it and went with rear routing and a matching control cavity cover.
Other notable differences include the redesigned “alligator” headstock with its straight string pull for tuning stability and a set neck instead of the original Breadwinner’s bolt on neck.
From their site, here are the specs:
- 12-string solidbody electric, 24.0 inch scale length.
- AAAAA Figured Sapele body.
- Set neck – three piece AAAAA figured Sapele neck (opposing grains in each piece, for extra strength) with dual truss rods.
- Figured AAAAA Sapele fretboard (lacquered) with AAAAA figured Sapele headstock overlay.
- No fretboard markers, (for a clean, modern look!) but it does have convenient side dot markers.
- Graphtech nut.
- Chrome 12-saddle hardtail bridge (Gotoh) with ebony surround.
- Grover “Automatic” self-locking tuners (chrome).
- Custom hand-wound Chernishev CCH-12 humbuckers with chrome covers.
- Master volume, Master tone, 3-way pickup selector.
- Vintage bakelite knobs (similar to 70’s Alembic knobs).
- Locking Neutrik jack.
- Schaller strap locks (chrome).
Michael Walker, who designed the “alligator” headstock, has been kind enough to share pictures of the build process so look forward to these in subsequent articles covering the guitar body and neck.
1. ^Klein Electric Guitar – The Klein Electric Guitar is no longer in production. However, you can see examples of builds based on it throughout the site. See PJ Doland’s Replica, Mats Erikson’s Klein Guitar as well as my own project guitar.
And, thanks to fellow guitar blogger JP at Stratoblogster for the heads up on this one.