Our Hand- Tooled Approach

 

Giving a voice to a song that is unique unto its own.

 

Our mission is to bring back the craftsmanship, and hand-tooling from a time period we consider the "Golden Age" of guitar making; 1950 to the early 1960's. The goal isn’t to reinvent the vintage guitar, but rather carry on its legacy. Our hand-tooled process creates guitars with subtle variations and what we consider beautiful inconsistencies.  No two guitars are ever the same.  Technology today provides wonderful benefits to modern guitar making.  However, with automated manufacturing, the "stamp-out" process creates perfect clones with much of the character of the guitar lost. We create guitars with a human touch, a soul.

Each guitar starts out as an individual rough sawn plank, chosen for its unique figure and grain. The wood is then paired to make a 2-piece body, milled to the desired thickness, and hand-tooled to the bel.Sonique shape.  Sanded and sealed, the 2-piece, seldom used 3-piece body is than sprayed with a Nitrocellulose base coat and clear coat if needed. the bodies are fitted with cooled rolled/stainless steel, bridges, control and neck plates, as well as age specific hardware and tuners. 

Your bel.Sonique guitar is crafted in a way that our only concern is to provide you a unique, custom instrument, with a truly “handmade” one of a kind feel.

-Ian Blakey Luthier

 

Hand Selected Woods

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We use the tried and true "Tone Woods"- Ash, Alder, Pine, Maple, Mahogany, Rosewood, Walnut, and even Korina 

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Hand-tooled

There is no automation or CNC in the shop. Everything is hand-tooled.

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Paint & Finish

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Your bel.Sonique guitar is finished from sealer to topcoat with Nitrocellulose lacquer. we spray the thinnest coat possible to achieve the desired look. Your guitar is then wet sanded, polished and buffed through a multi-step process. Your guitar’s finish will appear as though it was made in the Golden Age of guitars. It might have some slight wear through the finish and top coat, giving it that nice vintage vibe, worn-in feel. After many hours of playing, don’t worry when your forearm gently wears through the topcoat of the guitar, think of it as your favorite ball glove growing up. How the blood, sweat, and even tears, broke the leather in.

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The Electronics

Each guitar is fitted with boutique quality caps, pots, switches and jacks. All Solder joints are strong, and connections have been made with vintage push-back wire and shielded wire where necessary.  Pickups come from Lollar Pickups, with other options available upon request. Combinations have been well thought out to make your guitar sing, scream, and wail!

The Hardware

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Your bel.Sonique guitar is outfitted with custom cold rolled and stainless steel components, as well as vintage specific tuners and hardware.  The guitar’s hardware and components have been slightly aged for that “Golden Age” look.

The Set-up

Your guitar was been professionally set up with the expectation that it is ready to be played, rocked out on, and recorded upon receipt. Please understand that due to the shipping process and enviornmental changes, some tolerences may be out of whack. If you need to consult with your local set up guy, please refer to the “build slip" to see the specifics of your guitar.  This also will contain contact info to register your new guitar.