Ryan Gadow, president and head designer of Gadow, wants you to play his guitars. While that may seem like an obvious statement, custom luthiers increasingly set such high price tags that few people would dare take the axes on stage. While they strive for beauty, customization and the perfect fit with customers, more than anything, Gadow guitars strives for their sounds to ring out in churches, basements, garages and bars – the grass roots places where they believe American music comes from.
In this vein, they have introduced the Classic Set Neck as part of a new line of set-neck models. The Classic Set Neck is designed to give a vintage look and feel that comes through in every aspect of the guitar, from the double-cutaway body to the warm, vintage sound and optional TV Yellow finish. The Classic Set Neck features a set-neck design that joins the carbon fiber reinforced, 25-inch scale mahogany neck to the solid mahogany body almost seamlessly. The result is a dark, warm, rounded tone with bright, punchy highs.
Like all Gadow guitars, the Classic Set Neck allows the player more than 35 customization options to create a guitar that is unique to each buyer. The options include more than 30 finish colors, chrome, black or gold tuners, a choice of P-90, or coiltapped humbucker pickups from Lindy Fralin, Lollar or Seymour Duncan, three wood choices for the fretboard, custom inlay and pickguard styles and the option of a Bigsby tremolo or integrated Piezo pickups. Lefty players can even get the guitar left-handed at no extra charge.
Not just another basement luthier, Gadow Guitars formed in 2003 to produce American-made, fairly priced, handcrafted custom alternatives to the typical cookiecutter guitars or basses available at “bigbox” stores. Today, Gadow guitars and basses are sold across the United States through independent dealers.
“Our goal is to provide a beautiful, American-made instrument, custom-built to match someone’s own personality, at a price that encourages the guitar to be played, not hung on a wall,” says Ryan Gadow. “We believe our customer service separates us from the other manufacturers,” adds vice president Paul Della Maggiora. “When you want a guitar, you want a guitar. You shouldn’t have to wait six months or even a year to get a custom instrument. And our customers are often surprised when they receive a personal call from Ryan after we receive their warranty card.”
Gadow Guitars went into business with the dual goals of producing terrific instruments and conducting business in a way that challenges the established industry. Their motto, “Taking back music, one guitar at a time,” truly captures their enthusiasm for putting beautiful, high-quality instruments into the hands of satisfied music enthusiasts.