FS Thorn Artisan Limited Series 1- Swamp Ash, rosewood neck, GT-90's, only 6.6 lbs.!

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  1. J Ritt

    J Ritt Member

    Jun 21, 2012
    Charlotte, NC
    I'm the original owner of this little golden rock machine. I had it built to my spec early last year. It has been a bit of a case queen for me, and is in virtually new condition. Below is Ron Thorn's Intro to the Artisan Limited Series. All 12 of the guitars in this run sold out almost immediately, and for good reason!

    Artisan Limited ~ Series 1 (My guitar is #7 of 12)

    After a long hiatus, the Thorn Artisan line is finally reborn! No longer full-blown 1-offs with huge lead times, but instead an Artisan with a fixed set of specifications and limited options allowing for reasonable delivery times, built in a series with a defined quantity not to be reproduced or repeated, each series being unique from the others.

    Series 1 will consist of only 12 guitars. They feature the original Artisan Standard flat-top body shape and straight string-pull headstock shape. An East Indian Rosewood neck and fretboard set into a Swamp Ash body, a wood combination never tried on an original Artisan.

    The snap of the ash body blends with the low-midrange growl of the rosewood neck, resulting in an amazing throaty punchiness that responds to the GT-90 staple top pickups perfectly. A unique tone that is ideal for blues and rock, with enough girth to handle rhythm and cuts right thru for leads.

    Also never seen before on an Artisan is optional binding on both the body and/or the fretboard. The MojoAxe compensated wrap-around is a simple-machine providing rock solid coupling for total string transfer to the body and providing spot-on intonation.

    Artisan Limited ~ Series 1 Specifications (photo of spec sheet below)

    Materials and Components:
    · Body: Swamp Ash

    Neck: East Indian Rosewood
    · Fretboard: East Indian Rosewood
    · Bridge: MojoAxe compensated wraparound
    · Pickups: Thorn GT-90 Staple Tops with black covers
    · Controls: Volume / Tone / 3-way Toggle
    · Tuners: Custom locking Sperzels with Ivoroid buttons
    · Pickguard: Black Bakelite
    · Deluxe TKL hardshell case (included)

    · 24-3/4" scale length
    · 12" fingerboard radius
    · 22 frets - Jescar 6100 Nickel Silver
    · 1.67" wide Tusq nut
    · Neck carve - Med/Fat "C" 0.860"/0.960"

    Construction Details:
    · Long tenon neck joint
    · Hand-polished frets with hidden fret-ends
    · Extra rolled fretboard edges
    · 10 degree tilt-back headstock

    Cosmetic Details:
    · Cream body binding
    · Hollow "Thorn" Rosewood truss rod cover
    · Mother or Pearl inlaid headstock logo
    · Cream fretboard binding
    · Bakelite back plate
    · Nickel hardware
    · Ultra-thin nitrocellulose lacquer finish in Shoreline Gold

    Weight: Crazy light at 6.6 lbs!

    OHSC and all paperwork/hang tags included.


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    Last edited: May 6, 2016
  2. big mike

    big mike David Grissom Wannabee Staff Member

    Oct 31, 2003
    Wow. GLWTS wish I could, it's beautiful. I bet the Swamp ash sounds amazing with the GT90s.
    J Ritt and soulmap like this.
  3. Mark Ray

    Mark Ray We're Jammin' Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 5, 2002
    Knoxville, TN
    Peeps, as owner of #12 in this series, I can vouch for the superb playability and tone from these killer axes!
    J Ritt likes this.
  4. Dave Orban

    Dave Orban Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 6, 2002
    Trenton, NJ
  5. J Ritt

    J Ritt Member

    Jun 21, 2012
    Charlotte, NC
    Thanks for the kind words gents...this one is SOLD.

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