Peerless Gigmaster Standard (Peerless, Korea, 2007 first year issue)



The Gigmaster Standard is a model from the Bigsby Artist Series in the original 2007 Peerless catalog. This is from the original 2007 release that launched Peerless guitars on the world, and is of superlative quality (Peerless having made the decision to scale back production numbers to produce high quality instruments under its own name after having made legendary models for Gretsch, Epiphone etc.)  I am not sure if they still make this actual model. 

It comes with a classic archtop jazz shaped body made entirely of laminated maple. It has a metallic finish.  This single cutaway archtop features several layers of top binding, an elevated pickguard and a pair of bound "f" holes. In the bridge section, Peerless opted for a hybrid solution which includes the rosewood base and tune-o-matic top in the bridge combined with a Bigsby vibrato tailpiece. In the pickups area a pair of Epiphone '57 Classic humbuckers is installed. Peerless feature split volume and tone knobs and a three-way toggle pickup switch. Neck is made of maple and equipped with a C contour. Fingerboard is made of rosewood and it comes with a set of 22 frets, split block inlays and 1.69" wide string nut.  The superb inlays pick up the colour of the guitar.  The quality of these early issue Peerless guitars is particularly noteworthy, as it successfully established itself as a maker of professional guitars to rival the Japanese factories. 


SPECIFICATION
Body Shape: L5S
Body Type: Hollowbody
Body Construction: Single cutaway
Body Wood: Laminated Maple
Body Top Wood: Laminated Maple
Binding: Multi-ply
Bridge: Rosewood
Bridge: Tune-O-Matic
Bigsby
Number of Pickups: 2 (Epiphone '57)
Controls : Volume/Tone Pickup 3-way Pickup Selector
Neck Wood: Maple
Neck Shape: C-shaped neck
Neck Joint: Set neck
Fingerboard Material: Rosewood
Number of Frets: 22
Fingerboard Inlays:Split Block
Hardware: Chrome
Tuners:  Die-cast with mini buttons
String Nut: Bone
Scale Length 24-3/5"
Nut Width: 1.69''
Fingerboard Radius: 15.75"
Custom Features: Metallic paint finish

CONDITION
All original in very good condition for its decade in the world. Some play wear from studio and live use (this model was initially owned by Marianne Faithfull's guitarist before I bought it from him in 2008). Overall it is in good condition for a 10 year old instrument. the buyer will not be disappointed.  Please get in touch for more details.
  • RATING = B (Very Good condition for 10 year old guitar)
  • PRICE: £450 (with original Peerless case)