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Grez Archtops are hand-laminated using vintage forms and presses that once belonged to R.C. Allen. Materials range from Sitka Spruce for tops, that we have custom milled specificlly for guitar top laminating to a variety of hardwood veneers and solid woods for necks and fretboards.  

Spruce and Maple Voices

Custom Spruce Veneer

Our backs use a traditional cross-laminating process that creates uniform stiffness across the back while our tops, when spruce, have the same grain orientation for all layers to better emulate a solid spruce top. The spruce tops are laminated thick enough so that they can be thickness graduated much like a solid top would be.

 

Our maple tops use a proprietary lay up schedule that mimics the stiffness profile of a spruce top with X bracing.  This enhances low and low-mid response while maintaining the upper mid and high frequency sound of  Maple, creating an instrument that sounds like no other with great tonal balance and warmth.

 

Anything from 15" to 18" is possible in a body depth and wood of your choosing. There are 4 different headstock designs to choose from with no inlay, a classic flowerpot or an inlay of your design.  Although  I have standard models, nearly every detail is customizable.

NIGHTINGALE

 

15" Archtop, 2" Body Depth

Sitka Spruce Top

Maple Back and Sides

Figured 2pc Maple Neck

Rosewood Fretboard

25" Scale, Jumbo Frets

TV Jones T-Armond Pickups

TonePros AVR2G (Nylon) Bridge

Rosewood Bridge Base

Bigsby Tailpiece

Nitro Finish

Reunion Blues Continental Case

 

As Shown $3,150

Listen to the Nightingale       Video 1        Video 2        Video 3

RC-G1

 

16" Archtop, 2.5" Body Depth

Figured Maple Top Back and Sides

Figured 2pc Maple Neck

Rosewood Fretboard

25" Scale, Jumbo Frets

Lollar Dog Ear P-90s

Rosewood Bridge and Base

TrapizeTailpiece

Nitro Finish

Reunion Blues Continental Case

 

As Shown $3,100

Listen to the RC-G1 in Maple               Video 1  

Listen to the RC-G1 in Spruce              Video 2        

RC-5

 

17" Archtop, 2.75" Body Depth

Figured Maple Top, Back and Sides

Honduran Mahogany Neck

Ebony Fretboard

25" Scale, Jumbo Frets

Lollar Charlie Christian Humbucker Size Pickups

TonePros AVR2  Bridge

Ebony Bridge Base

Trapize Tailpiece

Nitro Finish

Reunion Blues Continental Case

 

As Shown $3,150

Listen to the RC-5   

Grez RC-5 - Randy Quan
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Grez RC-5 - Mitch Polzak
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  Video 1                      Video 2

CRB-15 Bass

 

15.25" Semi-Hollowbody, 2.6" Depth 

Maple Top, Back and Sides

Ebony Fretboard

Hipshot UltraLite Tuners

30" Scale Fretsless

Honduran Mahogany Neck and Center Block

TV Jones Thunder'Blade Pickups

Nitro Finish

 

As Shown $2,600

 

 

I build basses like this in a variety of sizes and depths, both hollow and semi-hollow.  Scale length, fretted or not, pickups, color and everything else is designed to your specifications.  My intention is to recreate cool vintage basses like the Harmony H22 or Howlin Wolf Bass, but with modern reliability and features.

 

© 2016 Grez Guitars    Petaluma, California    barry@grezguitars.com    (707)235-2128

 

Photography by Philip Pavliger     philip-pavliger.com