Bell adds a Tele-style guitar to its line of wood and acrylic fused instruments

Mansfield, TX (May 13, 2010) -- Bell Custom Guitars has introduced the ToneBlaster to its line of hand-built guitars. The ToneBlaster features a swamp ash and acrylic fused body with 15 internal super-bright LEDs.

Bell says their trademark fusion of wood and acrylic provides crisp, sharp highs and smooth, rounded lows. The ToneBlaster pictured features a cherry red finish, 22 frets on a rosewood fretboard, maple set neck, 25.5" scale length ending 
in a 1.695" width at nut, chrome hardware, Mother of pearl pickguard, control plate and truss cover, and streets for $2995. Bell Custom Guitars says that the guitar's electronics, hardware and color can be customized to suit personal preferences.

“We got lots of requests for this configuration and shape, so it made sense to oblige.” says Paul of Bell Custom Guitars. “This guitar fills a sonic gap for us and we hope it does for the industry, too.”

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