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



The Gigmaster SC 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.). 


The GIGMASTER SC is a 16-inch by 2 3/4 inch Arch Top Florentine Cutaway guitar with laminated arched maple top and back with Rosewood fingerboard, bridge base , tailpiece and pickguard and a (roller) tun-o-matic bridge and a mahogany neck and 2Dog ear p90s. Acrylic Mother of pearl fretboard inlays and bone nut.  Peerless used to make the sought after ES295 model for Epiphone, and that stylistic influence is very, very pronounced on this model (in fact it is virtually identical except, for me, the Peerless Gigmaster has a reshaped Gibson like head and a see through pickguard).  This is a first year model from 2007.  
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 after drastically reducing the factory's output to concentrate on building its reputation with own brand instruments (albeit often heavily influenced by those it had been making for Gretsch and Epiphone among others). 

SPECIFICATION
The dog ear pickup covers have been swapped to black, but the original cream covers are included.  Likewise a roller bridge has been fitted at some point to ensure tuning stability for those rockabilly shimmers. 

Headstock
Shape Peerless “Lady Lip” Style
Binding Aged White/Black Triple
Truss Rod Cover blank denoting an early model (later models has Black/White 2 ply “Gigmaster SC” Silk Screen)
Machine Heads
Grover GH109 with Imperial style buttons. 
Body
Metallic Gold High Gloss finish.
Arch Top Florentine (Sharp) Cutaway
Top Laminated Maple
Back & Sides Laminated Maple
Body Depth 72 mm (2.84
)
Body Width 410 mm (16.14
)
Top Binding Aged White/Black Triple
Bridge Original Tun-O-Matic*/Rosewood Base (unpinned, held with double sided tape only)
(*) pics show generic roller bridge, it will be supplied with the original bridge
Pickguard PE Style
Tailpiece B70 Bigsby Chrome
Neck
Wood Mahogany
Fingerboard Rosewood
Scale 628 mm (24.72
)
Width at Nut 43 mm (1.69
)
Width at the end fret 57 mm (2.25
)
Neck Joint 14 F
Number of Frets 20 F
Fingerboard Inlays Acrylic
Nut Bone
Electronics
Pickups 2 Dog Ears ivory or black cap (P-90 Classic style Alnico-v Magnet)
Controls 2 Volume, 2 Tone, 1 Toggle
Hardware Chrome

CONDITION
All original except for upgraded bridge. Limited play wear from light studio use only. Overall it is in very good condition for a 10 year old instrument, having spent most of the time in its case! Please get in touch for more details.


  • RATING = B+ (outstanding condition for 10 year old guitar)
  • PRICE: £650 (with original Peerless case)