As usual we love all things vintage, especially cool vintage. We bought a few “Days O Work and “Brown Mule” metal tobacco stamps. They were used to press the brand name onto plug chew tobacco bricks back in the day. They are stained from use and very cool.
Plug chewing tobacco is pressed tobacco leaves into a square, brick-like mass of tobacco. For chewin, spittin or smoking.
We tool them into custom pickguards designed for our guitars and glue on thick felt backing. This creates a unique look no other guitar can claim. True outlaw, vintage, 98 Proof Blues.
The reason we call it the Rye is because it emulates the brash flavor of the whiskey. It’s sound is full, pure, and will leave you with a solid buzz after you hear it. This guitar is found in the mom and pop shops, the garages, and the hands of those who seek an identity all their own.
The smaller body is shaped to emulate the Stratotone H45, a design from the Harmony Guitars namesake then later, Silvertone. The shape continues because people dig it, which is why we put our own spin on it. The finish is a Vintage Violin Burst Gloss with a traditional off-white pick guard.
This 55mm Maple and Mahogany body is equipped with two Ivory soap bar P-90’s. The Tune-OMatic bridge is attached to our vintage style tailpiece. Two volume knobs and two control knobs rest alongside the three-way toggle switch.
The neck is C shaped Canadian Maple, with a Rosewood fingerboard. Included is the Bootlegger original 43mm graphite nut. Complete with 20 frets and a fret space of 2.7mm, it gives you the room to move any way you please.
Whether you play with clean or overdriven tone, the Rye sparkles with brightness and an unmistakeable Bootlegger sound. It goes down smooth but packs some serious bite. The Rye is the maverick; no excess and certainly no bull. It delivers a gritty sensibility and hard edge to it’s performance. This guitar is for the bold and brazen; those who like their sound 98 proof