A one-man shop that produces only 50 instruments per year, Jeffrey chooses to celebrate each hundredth guitar with a single, stunning collector’s item

U.S. builder Jeffrey Earle T. is known for his over-the-top eye candy, but this one is even more outrageous than JET Number 200 was. A one-man shop that produces only 50 instruments per year, Jeffrey chooses to celebrate each hundredth guitar with a single, stunning collector’s item.

In addition to the innovation and buttery smooth necks found on all JETs, this one features a highly-figured, crotch walnut top. The rest of the woods are the same as the vast majority of JETs – korina body, ebony board and three-piece quartersawn maple neck. The gold finished back opens over the top, dripping-nugget style. The 58 jewels splayed across the top, milky-way style, are Zirconium.


Jet Guitar Number 300

Jet Guitar Number 300

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