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Bootlegger Spade Headless Travel Pro Guitar With Custom OHSC Case & Whiskey FlaskNick S. – Nov 1st, 2019
Guitar is awesome!! Stock pickups sound great and clean up very nicely. Holds tuning amazingly well and string changes are a breeze all things considered. My only gripe is the ergonomics if you play without a strap like me. Leg cutout sits at a strange angle so it moves around a bit but nothing that will make me put this thing down. Great job bootlegger!!
June 24, 2019
I wanted a headless guitar and searched Amazon first. At that time this Spade guitar was not listed on Amazon.
I purchased it from bootlegger president Chuck Wilson. I am very pleased with it, and impressed with the outstanding
service I received. Chuck emailed me when his tech did the final set up before delivery to me. When it arrived Chuck had placed 2 of his business cards in the case. I emailed him that I was very happy with the guitar. Shortly after he personally called me to follow up and if I had any questions. Chuck personally design this 2nd version Spade. I feel like I bought a custom shop guitar for a unbelievably low price. To me this could be easily sold as $1,000 plus guitar. There are you tubes videos on this guitar but their recorded sound quality does not do it justice. I played it through a VOX modeling amp and it sounded awesome. My wife thinks it sounds better than my Fender Deluxe telecaster. I have been playing since 1962 and owed all the top end guitars from Fender, Gibson, Gretsch ,Brian Moore, Ovation etc. This one has the most bang for the buck. Easy to tune, perfect action, easy to string. Very easy to play the higher frets. Wood looks great Neck is finished beautifully, pick ups and all black hardware are quality. Playing comfort is great ,its light weight,but not too light. I spent hours researching headless guitars and this one was my top choice by far. FYI clip on tuner fits nice, strap fit is just right and guitar sits safely on my old stand. If your ready to dive in to a headless guitar this is it!.
Beast ! No cons what so ever !!!!!!!!!
Who-da-thunk ! After playing for 50+ years, thought the Spade would be a good guitar to practice on, Yup, but actually I'll be using her live. Chuck gives a rather complete description of the pros and cons, but in reality there are more pluses. Build quality is excellent, from the fret work to the hardware. It's really stable, and didn't take long to get used to the feel (gotta stop tryin' to fine tune the invisible tuners on the headstock though).Only needed some minor set up tweeks right out of the box (neck was arrow straight, needed some relief for my style) Even though it has the "dime" pots, the cavity is shielded, the pups are well balanced and can roar ! As primarily a Strat player, love the scale on this, and the ability to get vintage bucker tones without switching guitars. Time will tell if it holds up to my abuse, but so far I'm very impressed. Some say it's weird or ugly, but so am I. I anticipate a lot of questions when folks hear her.
Verified purchase: Yes | Condition: New | Sold by: musicworld2016
Recent Guitar Reviews
I was looking for a good quality travel guitar which would not break the bank and came across a video review of the Bootlegger Spade 2 by a guy named the ‘Tone King’. I typically do a lot of research when looking at buying things, especially for something like a guitar, and knew there was a risk that what I saw on a video review would not translate to something I liked when I sat down to play it but was pleasantly surprised by the Spade 2. In fact, I’d say its pretty darn good for an reasonably priced travel guitar. I received it last week and sat on the couch playing a few blues scales and a little ‘Stormy Monday’ was pleased with the ease of playability and the tone I was able to achieve. It’s definitely not in the same class as my USA made G and L legacy but I did have a fun time playing it and think it will be great for a travel guitar to take on the biz trips to Asia. I plugged into a little Blackstar Fly 3 amp and thought ‘not bad’. I then plugged into my Fender Hot Rod and ‘not bad’ became ‘pretty darn good’. I’d definitely recommend the guitar over other cheaper travel guitars and look forward having something to do in the evenings after a long day at the factory-
Wow! The Spade arrived yesterday and it is wonderful. You were right, the online pictures do not do it justice- the guitar is lovely and the neck and frets are truly pro quality. I put some light gauge jazz strings on it (and tuned down a whole step) and the guitar has a beautiful warm tone. I have been looking for an affordable travel guitar for three years and was never able to pull the trigger on a chinese model because they always felt cheap. The Spade is a great guitar (at a great price; and thanks for throwing in the flask. I will toast you whenever I use it!). Thanks Chuck. On Thursday i fly to the in-laws and this will be my first trip with guitar in hand.
And thanks again for the GREAT service. I will definitely spread the word on some online jazz guitar forums.
A happy customer!
Great guitar!! UPS managed to bust off the selector switch, even though it was packed Extremely well. Sent a message to Chuck and he called almost immediately with multiple solutions to get this corrected. Since I'm good with a soldering iron, opted for him just to mail me a new switch. 2 minute fix.
Greg Kinder 4/19
Do you like being the first one of your friends to discover a new micro-brew, food truck or small-batch whiskey? Who doesn't, right? The Bootlegger Blues 30 is all of that excitement in an amp. I've been playing through a variety of "big brand" amps over 30 years and always chasing tone. The Blues 30 delivers the exact sound I was looking for - a combination of the sweet spot from each amp wrapped into one! I heard it, loved it and had to have it! GREAT product, GREAT company, unbelievable price point.
Chris Baurer 3/18
The Band Lexington, Santa Clarita, Calif
Try their products , then you'll ask yourself the same thing I did... Why did I waste so much money on the other brands ?
Truly one of the best kept secrets BOOTLEGGER !!!
Feb 19th, 2018 by Russ H.
Bootlegger Guitar Single Barrel Matte Brown Stain Burst P90 & Single Coil All Maple Padded Gig Bad
So, if you're looking for a well-playing instrument with lots of character/mojo that is sold well below what it's actually worth (sounds like most musicians I know), then you need a bootlegger guitar. Chuck is a super cool guy, eager to answer questions and share knowledge/experience. The buying experience was hassle free and fun. The guitar is beautiful and plays and sounds like a million bucks. Get in on the ground floor before people start realizing what these guitars are worth!Try their products , then you'll ask yourself the same thing I did... Why did I waste so much money on the other brands ?
Truly one of the best kept secrets BOOTLEGGER !!!
Feb 1st, 2018 by Jonathon B.
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