Newport 'TV' Classictron

Designer's note:

"We decided to dip into a different sonic realm with this guitar for the NAMM show. From a woodworking standpoint the idea was to build an instrument with even more low end growl without losing the shimmer that these pickups produce. The medium scale (24.75") accentuates the fundamental, and a center block makes the mids very focused. We're happy with the result."

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The ultimate grade figured maple top is almost dominated by the three TV Jones Classic Tron pickups. Lot's of chrome, binding and the black chickenhead knob all beg for your attention! We carve the top inside and out, not just the part you see, to make it a true arch top.
The single piece mahogany back is beautifully matched to the neck and finished in a deep cherry lacquer.

Access to the electricals is accomplished via a mahogany door which is cut from the body blank for a perfect match.
The "stair-step" tuner buttons were retained from the stock Newport configuration, and they look even more at home on this guitar.


Gorgeous curly maple on the wide-bodied Newport shape, a feast for the eyes. Slightly larger than a solid-body rock guitar, yet compact enough to rock out—this guitar straddles the lines between several musical genres, both visually and sonically.
One last look at the details. Brazilian rosewood, inlaid with genuine pearl "victory" markers. Think about it, there are thirty inlays on the fingerboard! The hand-stacked ivoroid binding is four-ply, and adds an elegant touch to the guitar's border.