The Mark Grant Terraplane '59 Long Tenon is heavily inspired by the Holy Grail of the electric guitar, the '59 Les Paul. A perfect low 4 degrees of neck angle, 17 degree tilt back headstock, long tenon neck design, 24.625? scale, pickups w/ butyrate bobbins and M69 rings. Hand-cut mother of pearl inlayed headstock logo, USA made reproduction ABR-1 bridge & aluminum stoptail along with single-line Kluson reproduction tuning machines contribute to the ?59 vibe. Reclaimed highly figured old growth maple top was given a new life on this instrument. Light weight 1 piece Honduran Mahogany body, Sipo Mahogany Long Tenon set neck, Cocobolo fretboard and Jescar Evo jumbo fretwire are simply the finest available. It's completely solid, no chambers & weighs in around 7lbs 5oz. Sporting distressed nickel hardware, a lightly aged & heavily faded finish and is in "NEW" condition. Set up with 10-52 GHS Boomers.
The PAF style humbuckers are hand-wound & assembled by Mark using the finest vintage correct materials available. Featuring 42awg plain enamel magnet wire with correct measurements, specially sourced rough sand cast magnets and 1018 steel alloy pole screws and slugs. Butyrate (original plastic used in ?59) imparts a different tone than the now standard ABS or polycarbonate. We chose this material for our bobbins and ThroBak M69 pickup rings to couple the pickups to the body. While the specs of original PAF?s varied wildly Mark focused on the very best sounding original examples to come up with his recipes. The coils are mismatched in the amount of winds between them. This is very important in the quest of creating the ?Telecaster on steroids? tones he had been chasing. Long Leg threaded USA made baseplates, maple spacers, braided shielded lead wires and reproduction PAF decals finish off the exquisite pickup package. Premium vintage style CTS pots w/ 2 Volumes & 1 Tone control. Gavitt 7 strand pre-tinned vintage push-back wire, a Switchcraft 3-way switch & NOS paper-in-oil capacitor housed in a vintage reproduction M-G case complete the package. 1958/59 Flying V & Explorer wiring scheme provides an incredible interactive relationship between the Volumes and Tone control.
The lightly aged finish is razor thin and based around the vintage style finishes of yesteryear. Starting with our house mixed oil/pumice/nitro grain filler. We use shellac sanding sealer. This guitar has an aniline dye tined top that was sprayed on and heavily faded with UV light. 50's recipe nitrocellulose lacquer body color and aged top coats complete the vintage style finish. The film thickness of these finishes is around .006".
After years of researching and pursuing the Golden Era guitars' DNA, Mark has incorporated the best of the best of them into his designs, while offering fresh perspectives in an attempt to make guitars that don't simply imitate but actually improve upon them. The forward thinking neck heel design puts the uppermost frets effortlessly within your reach without going through any changes at the body/neck junction. The contoured heel simply disappears into the palm of your hand. Truss rods are fabricated in-house, made from 3/16" cold rolled steel and based on the 50?s Gibson system. However, they are flipped around and adjustable at the neck heel on-the-fly via a spoke wheel nut. This yields a strong headstock that is completely intact (truss rod channel does not split the neck in two through the headstock). You will notice flush set output jacks, clay dots & scalloped bone nuts. These details coupled with superior tone and playability are what make Mark's instruments unique and special.
Mark Grant Handmade Guitars are truly HANDMADE instruments crafted 100% in his facility in Northern California. Mark handles every aspect of instrument design and fabrication from raw materials to finished instruments insuring a spectacular outcome every time.