Bonneville guitars are handmade in Nashville, Tennessee, by Roland "Lindz" McKay. After years of studying, repairing, and refinishing vintage originals, McKay uses his extensive experience to build a limited number of guitars each year. Based on classic American templates, Bonneville guitars feature custom finishes that give each guitar its own unique character. Each Bonneville is a true handmade instrument constructed from the finest tonewoods and materials available. Using traditional methods and high-quality, USA-made parts (including hand-wound pickups), Bonneville captures the mojo and inspiration of treasured vintage guitars.
This Bonneville S-Style was completed in 2020, and it features a lightweight Alder body with a stunning nitrocellulose Surf Green finish. It has a Maple neck with a slab Rosewood fingerboard. All of the finish and hardware have been aged and relic-ed to evoke the feel and character of a vintage instrument, but this guitar was handmade with modern-day precision. For hardware, it has a vintage-appropriate Kluson steel-block tremolo assembly and vintage-style Kluson tuners. Bone nut, medium jumbo frets—it's set up exactly as it should be!
For electronics, this S-Style is outfitted with Arcane '61 Strat pickups. Hand-wound in Los Angeles, these Arcane pickups produce clear, sweet strat tone. They are a bit brighter than the Arcane '54 Strat pickups, so they balance well with the alder/slab board configuration. Overall, this guitar feels and sounds like a well-loved early-'60s original. All of the aging and relic-ing is tasteful, and it looks authentic instead of over-the-top.
This 2020 Bonneville S-Style is in excellent condition. It includes its original hardshell case. It's a great player that gives you all the strat versatility you could ask for. It's hard not to love how the Surf Green clashes with the tortoise guard. Also, if you're a fan of numbers, this one is serial number 77.