What could be better than a slab of swamp ash bolted to a long piece of maple? Seriously, in what other industry is it so difficult to improve upon the original design than electric guitars?
Leo Fender got so much more right when he came out with the Fender Broadcaster in 1949 than he could have ever dreamed. It’s not so much the assembly line process of making guitars, but the tonal qualities and pure simplistic perfection that came about by screwing that maple neck onto that slab swamp ash body.
Here’s one contemporary builders foray into recreating the masterpiece.
and its bigger brother the bass
And for something completely different, this Fano Satellite guitar takes the timeless design to new creative heights.
What sets these guitars apart from lots of others you might come across is the builders–Nash Guitars for the T and PB, and Fano for the Satellite–makes these guitars by hand and have complete creative control and oversite on their build. They also use top of the line components and Lollar and Fralin pickups to nail that vintage sound.
You should check them out.