|Redentore LJ Custom FS
Mark Piper has built an enviable reputation for his beautiful Redentore archtops, and with the L.J. Custom FS, fans of Bigsby-equipped hollowbodies will have something new to lust after. Made from curly cherry wood, the $4795 FS (short for fingerstyle) has a generous 15" lower bout, a 3" depth, and a solid carved and braced top. The sides consist of longitudinal .020 4-ply cherry laminate that‘s crafted for rigidity, and the guitar has a flat back. “That’s for acoustical purposes,” Piper explains.
The guitar’s neck is reinforced with carbon-fiber strips, the 25"-scale ebony fretboard has acrylic inlays, and the headstock sports gold Sperzel locking tuners and a Graph Tech nut. The Bigsby trem is mated with an ABR bridge on a swivel base. For electronics, the FS has TV Jones Classic pickups, Bourns sealed pots, and a .02 Sprague Orange Drop tone cap. A black veneer arm bevel provides both visual flair and playing comfort.