Chambered mahogany body with birds-eye maple top

Johannesburg, South Africa (November 30, 2010) -- Murray Kuun, a luthier with background in violin and furniture design, has announced his latest model, the Phantom. Says Kuun, "The Phantom took more than six months to design. Rather than designing an ultra modern/futuristic instrument as I often do, I wanted to end up with a guitar that looked, at first sight, pretty much like a classic electric guitar but still had interesting design twists and architectural features to set it apart from the very many copies of the so-called classics that exist. Of course, above all, this guitar had to be very playable, responsive and have the superb tone that any high-end guitar should have."

The guitar features a partially chambered mahogany body topped with birds-eye maple and a mahogany neck. The fretboard is African rosewood with "swoosh" inlay features Kuun calls "Karoo burst" after a semi-desert area in South Africa. The guitar has a 635mm scale and 22 frets with Hipshot machine heads and bridge. The rear-mounted pickups are a Seymour Duncan Pearley Gates at the bridge and Jazz Model at the neck. Controls include volume, tone, and a 3-way selector switch. The finish is nitrocellulose hand polished to an aged satin patina.

The Phantom can also be custom ordered in a variety of finishes, electronic, and pickup configurations.

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