At the southern end of the Great Dividing Range, in the mountains just north of Melbourne, is a small workshop producing some of the finest handmade electric guitars available today. The small town of Woodend, Victoria is the home of Dirty Elvis Guitars.
What makes this guitar unique?
The way the chambered body is constructed is quite different from the way other guitars are built. The top (known as a drop top) is not installed over the entire top of the guitar, the drop top of a Dirty Elvis handmade electric is installed 'into' the actual body of the guitar. This means it needs to be precisely cut to fit into the top of the guitar.
The body is perfectly chambered for sound, strength and playability (weight/balance). The flat top is complimented by a subtly radiused (curved) back, with a hand carved neck that provides each guitar its own individual character. Finished in nitrocellulose lacquer, the intricately defined colour is painstakingly complex to apply, but worth the hard work, producing a deep gloss, great feel and unique look that ages with you and the guitar.
A Dirty Elvis - Handmade Electric is available in a range of colour schemes, woods and pickups.
It takes approximately 90 days to build from start to finish. Please message for waiting times and further details.
STANDARD BUILD SPECS
Body thickness: 38-44mm (with 15’ radiused back)
Body length: 45cm
Body width at lower bout: 33cm
Nut width: 43mm
Thickness @ 1st fret: 21mm
Thickness @ 10th fret: 23mm
Scale length: 24 3/4”
Fingerboard radius: 12”
Neck Joint: Fret 15
Fretwire: Sintoms 2.5mm nickel/silver
Truss Rod: 2 way adjustable
Wiring: CTS pots/Switchcraft 3 way switch/Sprague Orange Drop Cap
Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Strings: Daddario 10-46
Case: SKB or Hiscox hard case.
Dirty Elvis Guitars is Matt Gandy. He is a teacher, musician and a luthier. He lives with his wife and kids in Woodend, Australia.