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CpThornton Classic Guitar

BluesLou

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Hi everyone, this my first post here but I wanted to share this with others.

This guitar is a Tele style guitar but has some great innovations as designed and built by Chuck Thornton.

Ok, I picked up this little beauty from Chuck of CpThornton Guitars on New Years eve day. Here is a link to his photos, as he documents each of his builds.
http://www.cpthorntonguitars.com/gallery/classic/0223%20Honey%20Burst%20Classic/

This guitar just is amazing. The range of tones it gets is truly wide ranging. With the neck pickup selected and the tone pot just cracked open the jazz tones are simply luscious. Go to the bridge position open up the tone control and the chicken picken is there for the taking.

This guitar is very touch sensitive, with the Lollar pickups it is very interactive, what I would describe as a live instrument, you can make it sound so many different ways by the players input.

I was playing the guitar through a 1967 Deluxe Reverb with that great black face tone and it was just popping, from clean to rowdy this guitar just worked so well with this amp.

This guitar ended up being a one piece body, the wood grain is wonderful.
The pictures are good but just don't do it justice. The same can be said for the CpThornton Professional I have also.

The finish that Chuck is now using on the guitars is superb. I like the non overly glossy look that Chuck gets with the Nitro finish. Some guitars have that overly thick glossy look but this is so subtle and complimentary to the over all build. This finish for the lack of better words seems light and satiny. The stain on the birds eye maple neck looks so good, it also matches the body stain so well and makes the guitar look rich. These are the great details that are not missed by Chuck.

I also love the small dark fret board inlay dots that Chuck uses instead of those big dots used normally on other builds.

The neck is just as slick as a tung oiled neck I have on another guitar, it is really really fast. The way Chuck rounds off the neck and fret board edges is so comfortable and the fret dressing is second to none.

Of course Chucks hand made builds are flawless.
Chucks neck heel design is just so innovative and incredible, it is the proverbial icing on the cake. You can play chords with ease right up to the last frets, left hand placement with that neck heel is a snap in the upper neck/fret board registers.

Yes yes I am very happy with this guitar. I can't wait to really play it in over the next few weeks. As far as I'm concerned what Chuck offers in a custom made guitar is a steal in comparison to what the majors are offering which in many cases are for way more dollars.

To really understand what he is offering with his model the Classic, go to the video he created and see all the details that are in his builds.

http://www.cpthorntonguitars.com/multimedia/video/

Lastly, I already ordered one of his Blues Queens models. I had a chance to play one while my girl friend sat and listened (she said the tone gave her goose bumps) and it impressed her so much she told me to order one right then and there, now that my friends is impressive...the little lady saying you need to order another guitar NOW as your picking a new one up
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So as all men do I immediately obeyed


That's it. I am a happy happy camper... great start to 2010 for me.
I hope you all have a good year to.
 
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John Thigpen

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I like it! I love that honeyburst finish. Mine is #202, butterscotch, with a Fralin P-92 in the neck, a Fralin strat pickup in the middle and a Fralin bridge pickup. It's a very innovative take on a Tele style guitar.

Did you get Chuck's standard 16" radius, or opt for 10" or 12"? Chuck only offered the 16" when I got mine last summer, and I was concerned about it, but it's actually very comfortable.

John
 

BluesWannabe

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Congrats on your new CP Thornton... I have an Elite, and I absolutely love it!

I've had my eye on one of his Fusion guitars... and maybe a Blues Queen...

I'll stop now.
 

BluesLou

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I like it! I love that honeyburst finish. Mine is #202, butterscotch, with a Fralin P-92 in the neck, a Fralin strat pickup in the middle and a Fralin bridge pickup. It's a very innovative take on a Tele style guitar.

Did you get Chuck's standard 16" radius, or opt for 10" or 12"? Chuck only offered the 16" when I got mine last summer, and I was concerned about it, but it's actually very comfortable.

John
Hey John,
When I picked up my Professional, Chuck had an unfinished Classic with the 12" neck radius. He said the Honey Burst would be interesting as a finish on the swamp ash and I am very very happy with the way it came out. It is just a sweet instrument.

Chuck is great to work with, just a cool guy.
I really like the Lollar Pups on mine. I almost went with his 3 pick up style as you received but being I have a strat I went with the standard tele set up.

I saw the Cherry Burst Fusion that is listed for sale and it looks even better in person man it is gorgeous. I am so tempted to snag it but will try and maintain some self control. :messedup
 

Vibrolucky

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I have lots of nice vintage and new guitars....my CP Thornton 'Elite' (#46) is still my go-to guitar and will do anything. Fantastic quality, feel, playability, and easy on the eyes....

The classic looks like a great build - If I were in the market for a new guitar, that would be it.....I love the color you chose, BTW.
 
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John Thigpen

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I saw the Cherry Burst Fusion that is listed for sale and it looks even better in person man it is gorgeous. I am so tempted to snag it but will try and maintain some self control. :messedup
Self control is overrated.

John
 




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