Joe Till caught my attention. Till is based in California and builds each guitar by hand, sometimes using reclaimed timbers from doors, floors or furniture. This particular guitar, Joe Till Guitars model TG-250, #145, is named "Lady on the Beach" and is finished in quite an eyecatching "swampburst". The shape is akin to a Fender Jazzmaster, although the Lady on the Beach is a much more luxurious affair with a set neck and a highly sculpted semi-hollow body based around a core of alder and with a curly maple top and back. Pickups are a pair of Seymour Duncans (SH-2 "Jazz" at the neck, SH-4 "JB" at the bridge) which are fuily tapped for the full range of tones.
You know that with an exquisitely hand-built guitar such as this it's not going to come cheap. This example has been "manufacturer refurbished" after having been played by customers in a guitar store and gaining the odd minor abrasion; it is currently listed on eBay with a starting price of $2,150.
G L Wilson
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