Introducing Colletti Guitars
Tommy Colletti, Music Zoo founder & owner, starts a new journey with his own USA-built custom guitars.
Flame Top Mandolin Burst
The Speed of Sound is a bolt-on construction instrument featuring the Patent-Pending "ResoLink" - a brass plate which links the body and neck to aid in resonance, sustain and articulation. The 'Reso-Link' is tuned specifically to sonically connect the neck and body to aid in the sympathetic resonance of each note. There's a defined note separation and sparkle added to the tones of the guitar that make it reminiscent of the touch-sensitive response of vintage guitars that have had decades to acclimate as a musical instrument and vibrate as one whole piece.
The tone woods of the guitars (fretboards to necks and tops to bodies) are joined together using hot hide glue. The use of hide glue is a process adapted from vintage guitar construction, violin makers, and stringed instruments from decades and centuries past. Hot hide glue adds sustain and brilliance and brings out the natural tonal properties of the wood. The pickups are designed in collaboration with Mark Stow of OX4, a well-respected pickup winder known for his incredibly accurate PAF replicas.
The pickups are a blend of some of Tommy and Mark’s favorite original PAF pickups from the late 1950s. The introductory sets also include a reverse magnet neck pickup to replicate the Peter Green & Gary Moore-owned Burst pickup that has become popular over the last few years. It delivers out-of-phase single coil sounds as well as blistering humbucking tones. The bridge pickup not only takes the best attributes from those early PAFs pickups, but combined with a slightly degaussed Alnico 5 magnet and 42 enamel wire, delivers a sound unmatched in current handmade pickups today.
The hardware and electronics of the guitar are also built of the highest quality materials. The Speed of Sound features a brass tremolo design made popular in the late '70s through early '80s. They are constructed from 360 brass, and the bridges are available in hard-tail and tremolo models. They provide a unique tone and sustain tuning stability due to the unique shape of the bridge saddle. Of course, models are available with Floyd Rose tremolos upon request. The Speed of Sound is wired with vintage-accurate cloth-covered 22-gauge wire with authentic paper-in-oil capacitors and vintage-taper potentiometers designed to get great tones delivered from zero to ten.
Roasted Birdseye Top Merlot Finish
- Solidbody Electric Guitar
- Maple Top (Options for Roasted, Quilt & Flame Maple)
- More Top Wood Options include Ash & Mahogany
- Colletti Carve Neck with Heavily Rolled Shoulders
- 5 Degree Headstock Angle • Brass Side Dots
- 25.5" or 24-3/4" Scale Length Options
- 1.65” Width Brass Nut • Jumbo Nickel Frets
- Specially-Voiced OX4 Pickups with Reverse Magnet Neck Pickup
- Emerson Paper in Oil .022 capacitor
- Mojotone Vintage taper volume and tone potentiometers with Cloth Wiring
- Brass Ground and Jack Plates, , Legacy Control Cavity
- Patent-Pending Reso-Link
Introducing the Colletti Guitars 'Speed of Sound': Vintage-Inspired & American-Made!
Currently, the Colletti Guitars Speed of Sound is available exclusively at The Music Zoo. You can shop at The Music Zoo's website, or make an appointment to the showroom in Farmingdale, New York.
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