BOUTIQUE GUITAR SHOWCASE 2020

Ten countries, 25 cities, and over 35,000 miles, but only one Chicago Music Exchange! Thank you for catching the Boutique Guitar Showcase 2020 on its worldwide tour, when the mobile guitar convention stopped by our beautiful Lincoln Avenue showroom to share and sell masterworks from some of the world’s finest boutique builders.

Curator Jamie Gale was on-hand September 12th for special, appointment-only viewings of the following American and international builders and brands which you can see demos of some and more details below!: 

Wild Customs
Wilborn Guitars
Vilhelm Engström Guitars
Tim Bram Guitars
TAO GUITARS
Skytop Guitars
Sankey Guitars
Robert Robinson Luthier
Relish Guitars Switzerland
Paoletti Guitars
Padalka Guitars
OD Guitars
o3 Custom Guitars

Call or click today! All of these instruments (that are not sold) are available for the duration of the tour. Please feel free to inquire on any of these builds or a build of your own from any of these amazing boutique builders. Supply is extremely limited so get your order or request in now. Subscribe to our newsletter (by signing up for our giveaway) for more information and learn more about the Boutique Guitar Showcase 2020 today!

SELECT DEMOS FROM THE SHOWCASE

"STORIED GUITARS" EN TOUR 2020

"HEAVEN AND HELL CHAPTER 2" DI DONATO GUITARS

Enrico Di Donato
B. Venice, Italy 1976

Heaven & Hell - Chapter Two, 2020
Bliss and donuts on wood: 101 x 131 cm

In Chapter Two of the work "Hell&Heaven", Enrico Di Donato provides a representation that fills our senses, mixing ethereal and material, Paradise and Heaven. Stimulation of the senses is not an end in itself but serves as nourishment for the Soul and all the materiality of objects and characters ends up becoming the springboard for a spiritual catharsis.

Body: Figured Maple
Neck: Mahogany
Headstock: Brass
Scale: 25"
Nut Width: 1.69"

Fretboard: Flame Maple
FB Radius: 10"
Frets: 22 Stainless Steel
Bridge: Custom Di Donato Aluminum
Pickups: Di Donato Bridge

Switch: 3 Pos. Schaler
Tuners: Schettler Gold & Ebony
Finish: High Gloss
Case: Custom Cedar Creek

"TAO YAMAKAGE" TAO GUITARS

From Tao Guitars: 

The Eponymous « Tao » Guitar

This guitar was there from day one when the brand was created and named, as an idea of building an instrument that would settle the guiding lines of the shapes of things to come, a guitar that will represent the willingness of being innovative by design.

We made the deliberate choice of going the opposite way of what we were previously known for, by choosing a more natural feel & appearance, showing wood grain and working with a maximum of natural elements, a choice that is both visual and a willingness to find a new unique tonal voicing. The body is carved out a single piece of a selected Mahogany; the neck is made out of European quartersawn flame maple with an Indian rosewood fingerboard.

The hardware is kept to a bare essential; the bridge is made out of ebony with six individual brass saddles that run through the bridge to connect directly to the mahogany body, the bridge also discretely integrate a coil tap button.

The pot buttons are hand turned out of ebony, with lining patterns that reminds vintage oriental teapot, lightly recessed in the body for a stone on sand appearance.

The body comes decorated with a “Bashimen” (literally pickguard in Japanese).

The Shamisen inspired headstock is carbon layered on his back for added stiffness, this design allows a straight to tuners string path, finished in deep translucent black the highly flame maple neck is adorn by recessed polished brass side dots who ads both a sleek look and a sensitive feel, the Indian rosewood fingerboard is darkened for color unity.

The neck allows full acces, his deep cut asymmetric heel enhance with our custom fretting makes this guitar a effortless playing experience.

Concerning the electronics, we decided to collaborate with Benedetti pickups in France to come down with the tailor made “Tsurugi” (double blade sword), we were looking for a pickup that could emphasis the natural acoustic sound of the guitar and that’s exactly what Benedetti delivered, both warm, clear & transparent that just let the woods express themselves for a unique tone full equation. These pickups are hidden behind some handmade wood covers finished with the “Shou-sugi-ban” technique (charred wood) used in traditional house making , the pickups height can be adjust through the little brass rings on the sides ,the red paper wire in the middle just complete the overall styling . 

Body: Spanish Cedar
Neck: European Flame Maple
Headstock: Indian Rosewood
Scale: 24 3/4”
Nut Width: 1.73”

Fretboard: Indian Rosewood
FB Radius: 12”
Frets: 22 Nickel Silver
Bridge: TAO
Pickups: Benedetti & TAO Collaboration

Switch: 3-Way
Tuners: Gotoh ‘Stealth’
Finish: Matte Urethane
Case: Custom SKB I

"JERRY GARCIA STRAT TRIBUTE" ERLEWINE GUITARS

Body: Black Walnut
Neck: Hard Maple
Headstock: Hard Maple
Scale: 25 1/2”
Nut Width: 1 11/16”

Fretboard: Hard Maple
FB Radius: 9.5”
Frets: 22 Nickel Silver
Inlay: Indian Rosewood
Bridge: Tune-o-matic

Pickups: Erlewine
Switch: Centralab
Tuners: Standard Kluson 6-In-Line
Finish: Lacquer
Case: Gator

"RICHARD FORTUS SIGNATURE" PAOLETTI GUITARS

Body: 150-Year-Old Chestnut
Top: 150-Year-Old Chestnut
Neck: Canadian Roasted Maple
Headstock: Canadian Roasted Maple
Fretboard: Canadian Roasted Maple

Scale: 25.5"
Nut Width: 1.69”
Frets: 22 Nickel Silver
Inlay: Pearl White
Bridge: Paoletti

Pickups: Paoletti
Switch: Paoletti 3-Way
Tuners: Kluson Deluxe
Finish: Nitro
Case: Custom Paoletti

"NO. 125A" MATSUDA GUITARS

From Matsuda Guitars:

“The guitar used to be called broken Les Paul copy that I found on a local Craigslist.”


Matsuda No.125A. Recycle, Art, Guitar, project.

Top Face: Used chopsticks from a local sushi bar.

Soundboard (located under the top face): a broken piano soundboard. There is the brand name on its face. It is from Chickering and Sons’ Pianos. They were a high quality piano maker in Boston. serial No.69300 or 69308.

Neck and Body: Unidentified broken Les Paul copy guitar that I found in local Craigslist. The sound reflector at back is made from a broken kitchen table.

For this project, the first thought that came to my mind is how I can make something “new” guitars out of broken guitars, instead of repairing them. In other words, how I can add new value to unusable guitars. It is the project which combines “recycle” “art” and “guitars”. also “ identification” comes to the interesting point in this project. I am making a new guitar by using unusable guitar as material. I intentionally found a broken Les Paul copy guitar as representation of iconic guitar identity. Then I intentionally did not alter this guitar shape. It is a Les Paul guitar shape. I did it, because I wanted to ask a question, which is that “Am I recycling Les Paul design as a part of recycle project? Is it appropriation in art? Or is it just copy?”

It is acoustic electric guitar. it doesn’t have acoustic box, but it has acoustic sound board. This actual sound board locates under chopsticks top face. There is narrow open space between top face and the sound board. Arch top style bridge set on sound board. Instead of having acoustic box, there is sound reflector located at back, center of the body is hollowed out.

I didn’t have any intended tonal character to achieve on this guitar. I just like to accept whatever the sound come out. I am curiously interested to see what sound come out from these recycled materials.

Body: Plywood
Top: Spruce & Chopsticks
Neck: Lauan
Headstock: Rosewood
Scale: 24 3/4”

Fretboard: Wenge
FB Radius: 15 3/4”
Nut Width: 1 11/16”
Frets: 22 Stainless Steel
Bridge: Wenge

Pickups: Seymour Duncan ‘59
Tuners: Sperzel
Finish: Oil & Resin
Case: Cedar Creek Case

"LUCY" ERLEWINE GUITARS

Body: Black Walnut & Maple
Neck: Black Walnut & Maple
Headstock: Black Walnut
Scale: 24 3/4”
Nut Width: 1 11/16”
Frets: 22 Nickel Silver

Fretboard: Indian Rosewood
FB Radius: 12”
Binding: Indian Rosewood & Maple
Inlay: Pearl & Abalone
Bridge: Tune-o-matic

Pickups: Erlewine
Switch: Centralab
Tuners: Grover Rotomatics
Finish: Lacquer
Case: Gator

"PARK LANE" JJ GUITARS

 From JJ Guitars:

P a r k L a n e  
by JJ  G u i t a r s  


My wood suppliers obtained the work to import wood and provide for the Park Lane refit and also remove the old original materials. I was informed because I was looking to buy some Brazilian Mahogany. They explained that their job was a palatial refit in Park Lane London (built around 1720) and that they could supply wood from the refit and also supply some from their newly imported wood, etc.

I asked more about the building but they were sworn to secrecy and they were not able to divulge any private personal client details. It was mentioned that Mohammed Al- Fayed had just sold his Park Lane property so this could be the building but I really cannot confirm that this is the case. I think Al-Fayed sold Harrods in London at the same time which was around 2010.

I only have enough of this wood for another 7 guitars and these are un-sold at the moment. The first Park Lane Guitar was sold a couple of years ago to Jeff McErlain who subsequently used it on his latest album entitled “Now” with Robben Ford. Another Park Lane Guitar was supplied last January to a customer at NAMM and I am due to complete a Park Lane guitar for Jess Lewis who is a major talent. She did many of the tracks for Jam Tracks Central when she was younger. This one is in Sea Foam Green for a change and the Mountain Grey Guitar will soon be with you on the showcase. 

Body: Brazilian Mahogany
Neck: Brazilian Mahogany
Headstock: Ebony
Scale: 25”
Binding: Cream Celluloid
Nut Width: 1.69”

Fretboard: East Indian Rosewood
FB Radius: 12”
Frets: 22 Dunlop
Inlay: Mother of Pearl (Jewelry Grade)
Bridge: Aluminium Schroeder

Pickups: Bare Knuckle VH2
Switch: JJ Edition 6-Way Toggle
Tuners: Kluson Vintage Locking
Finish: Mountain Grey Metallic Nitrocellulose
Case: JJ Guitars Hiscox

"PHAETON 'VILLA D'ESTE" TAO GUITARS

From Tao Guitars:

Villa d’Este ---------------

This particular Phaeton is more on the jazz/archtop side kind of Orville meets D'aquisto into Raymond Loewy streamline style.

So it's quite unique compare to our previous ones, we've call it "Villa d'Este" because it kind of bears the aesthetics of the Alfa Romeo from 1949 6 C 2500 "Villa D'este". The place called Villa D'este on the lake Como is also known from all collector cars enthusiasts as being the ultimate " Concorso d'eleganza" that started in the 30’s, the connection between the guitar and the classic car was obvious so we found the name of this special project.

It features a 3D binding as found on some classic German archtops from the 50’s as Hopf An ebony and bone “Jimmy D’aquisto” style adjustable bridge and a machined aluminum tailpiece and matching ebony pickguard in the “streamlined” theme.

Apart from being an aesthetically striking piece, it's also a real player, a smooth operating jazz guitar wearing our brand new Ribbon pup with a clear and articulate sound a 3 position switch that gives you more sounds options than the standard jazz neck pup, neck side bobbin clear and warm, both more clarity and last a weaker bobbin close to those classic Italian sought after "Wandré" guitars from the sixties

Let this guitar speak for herself.

Body: Mahogany
Top: Spruce
Neck: Mahogany
Headstock: Ebony
Scale: 24 3/4”
Binding: Acrylic

Fretboard: Ebony
FB Radius: 12”
Nut Width: 1.73”
Frets: 22 Nickel Silver
Bridge: TAO

Pickups: Benedetti & TAO Collaboration
Switch: 3-Way
Tuners: Gotoh ‘Stealth’
Finish: Thin Urethane
Case: Custom SKB I

"MATTER INTERPLAYS" NOAH GUITARS

Body: Aluminum Alloy
Neck: Birdeye Maple
Headstock: Birdeye Maple
Scale: 25.5”
Frets: 22 Nickel

Fretboard: Pau Ferro
FB Radius: 9.5”
Nut Width: 1.61”
Inlay: Aluminum Alloy
Bridge: NOAH

Tuners: Hipshot Grip-Lock Open Gear
Pickups: Joe Barden Danny Gatton
Switch: Schaller Mega T
Finish: NOAH Magic Mirror & Sand Dust
Case: Custom TKL Hardcase

"SHEN" GIULIO NEGRINI GUITARS

Body: Balkanian Flamed Maple
Neck: Balkanian Flamed Maple
Headstock: Balkanian Flamed Maple
Scale: 28”-25.5” Compound (8 String)
Fretboard: Ebony & Birdseye Maple

FB Radius: Conical Radius
Nut Width: 2.34”
Frets: 24 Stainless Steel
Inlay: Mother of Pearl & Maple
Bridge: Example

Pickups: GNG
Switch: 5-Way Schaller Megaswitch
Tuners: ABM Locknut
Finish: Oil
Case: GNG Custom Flightcase

SHOP THE BOUTIQUE GUITAR SHOWCASE | 2020

Sankey Truffle Maple Burl
Sankey Truffle Maple Burl
Sankey Truffle Maple Burl
Sankey Truffle Maple Burl
Sankey Truffle Maple Burl

Sankey Truffle Maple Burl

$3,500.00
R. Robinson Model F
R. Robinson Model F
R. Robinson Model F
R. Robinson Model F
R. Robinson Model F

R. Robinson Model F

$4,800.00
R. Robinson Domino
R. Robinson Domino
R. Robinson Domino
R. Robinson Domino
R. Robinson Domino

R. Robinson Domino

$5,500.00
Relish Mary Tineo
Relish Mary Tineo
Relish Mary Tineo
Relish Mary Tineo
Relish Mary Tineo

Relish Mary Tineo

$5,000.00
Relish Jane Flamed Blue Custom
Relish Jane Flamed Blue Custom
Relish Jane Flamed Blue Custom
Relish Jane Flamed Blue Custom
Relish Jane Flamed Blue Custom

Relish Jane Flamed Blue Custom

$6,500.00
Paoletti 112 Jazz Master Thinline
Paoletti 112 Jazz Master Thinline
Paoletti 112 Jazz Master Thinline
Paoletti 112 Jazz Master Thinline
Paoletti 112 Jazz Master Thinline

Paoletti 112 Jazz Master Thinline

$5,000.00
OD Guitars Minerva Pre-Order
OD Guitars Minerva Pre-Order
OD Guitars Minerva Pre-Order
OD Guitars Minerva Pre-Order
OD Guitars Minerva Pre-Order

OD Guitars Minerva Pre-Order

$5,000.00
OD Guitars Rhea
OD Guitars Rhea
OD Guitars Rhea
OD Guitars Rhea
OD Guitars Rhea

OD Guitars Rhea

$5,000.00

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