Recent Review Spade
I received my guitar on Friday with no issues. This thing is amazing, it has exceeded my expectations and plays as good as it looks ! She is proudly hanging out with her new family and currently getting all the attention.
Thanks again !
Beast ! No cons what so ever !!!!!!!!!
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Bootlegger Guitar Spade Gen 2 Full Scale Pro Guitar / Travel Guitar With OHSC Case
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The Spade is a full 25.5 scale 24 fret performance guitar. At 5 pounds It is well suited for the traveling pro or the traveling enthusiast. All highest quality South Korean hardware and uses standard single ball strings. Our new Monorail bridge isolates each saddle / string so that it vibrates optimally, not allowing sympathetic vibration.
We use only the highest quality woods, three piece maple neck through construction body, ash body wings and beautiful high polished Brazilian Cherry Jatoba fret board. Comes with OHSC hard case ready for the road or overhead plane compartment. The Ace 4 string bass and Spade are designed by Bootlegger Guitar, and in the tradition of Bootlegger Guitar USA..
- Three piece hard Maple body & neck through construction.
- Hard Swamp Ash wood body wings. 42mm body
- Finish Black Polyurethane
- Neck Through Construction
- Logo Bootlegger Whiskey Tattoo
- 3 piece maple neck through body
- Neck Profile Oval
- Fingerboard Material Brazilian Cherry Jatoba
- Fingerboard Radius 13”
- Number of Frets 24 / Full Fret Access Design
- Scale 25.5
- Frets DHP - 24H / 2.7 mm silver nickel
- Nut Material Graphite White / Width Thick 3.4mm / Length 42mm
- Truss Rod Head Adjustment Location
- Inlays, White Pearl Bootlegger Whiskey Diamond
- Side Inlay Dots Black 1.5mm
- End-of-Board Width 55mm
- Finish Honey Natural Polyurethane
- Width 42mm at zero fret (nut)
- Thick 21mm at zero fret, 23mm at 12th fret
- Radius neck 14 inch
- Black finish
- Bridge & Tuners Taesung HL - New Monorail Bridge System
- Head Taesung HL
- Control Knobs Volume & Tone
- Knobs Black Aluminum
- Switch Tip Black
- Switch Washer Black
- Jack Plate LP Type Black
- Neck Pickup Alnico Humbucker S Korea Bootlegger A500K / 7.50KΩ
- Bridge Pickup Alnico Humbucker S Korea Bootlegger B500K / 8.40KΩ
- Controls 3 Way Toggle Switch
- Conductive shielding for hum noise and radio interference reduction
Strings & Set Up
- Strings. 009, .011, .016, .026, .036, .046
- Uses Standard Single Ball Strings
- String Setup 1mm
- Size 27” long / 10” wide
- Guitar weight 5Lbs
- Guitar Measurements 30 inches long, 10 Inches Wide, 1 1/2 inches Thick.
- Case With Guitar Weight 12 Pounds
- Case Dimensions 33 Inches Long, 13 Inches Wide, 4 Inches Thick
- Case Bootlegger Tattoo Hard Shell Case
- Included Accessories Case Key & Related Truss Rod & Tuning Tools.
All hardware and pickups high quality BHK Industries S. Korea. We design and build professional quality guitars and tube amps.
We have sold our guitars and our Tube amps to players all over the world.
Since the 80's creative luthiers like Steinberger have challenged the standard by producing high quality guitars without heads. This unconventional, but savvy design places all of the hardware in one location.
Having everything in one place eliminates the need for a nut, which is a boon for your open notes and intonation in general. Without that extra wood and hardware at the end of the neck, balance of the guitar shifts to the body, alleviating the strain on your strap shoulder. Lighter, full scale, compact and works great as a travel bass.
Current headless builders such as Strandberg, Teuffel, Mayones, NS, Roehrs, Kiesel, Skervesen and Carvin make high end high quality headless guitars. Now Bootlegger Guitar is introducing the new Spade Gen 2 and Ace 4 string bass, inspired by our original Spade six string guitar. Both these high quality guitars are built by our factory Muse, South Korea, bring value and extreme playability enjoyment.
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.
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. Great guitar and Great customer service, can't beat that :)
It was great working with Chuck directly. He answered all my questions and I'm happy with my purchase.
Headless Guitar Performance Guitar Travel Guitar Pro Guitar
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.
A few notable headless players
Eddie Van Halen
35/18/6 16lbs shipping