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The Big River "Izabella"

7lbs. 5oz.

Up for sale is a brand new Big River "Izabella" S-Style guitar. The body is made from Catalpa, which is similar to Ash but is a bit lighter in weight with a crazier grain structure. To start the body was prepped, sanded, pore filled and sealed. It was then given 14 coats of our custom mixed Lake Placid Blue Nitro and left to do it’s thing. Once the body was ready it was wet sanded and buffed. Like most of our guitars, the aging and relic’ing, including some really cool checking throughout, was inspired by a couple of vintage strats we found. To the touch, this S-Style guitar feels like a well worn instrument.

The neck is a licensed roasted maple with a rosewood fingerboard. A 9.5" radius, 22 med jumbo frets with rounded and hidden ends, a medium C shape that is a little more substantial than a Fender modern C, a bone nut, and is finished with several thin coats of lacquer and buffed to a super smooth satin finish. These frets are absolutely fantastic, also of my necks receive a fret level, crown and polish prior to being bolted on. I went with a set of Hipshot locking tuners for added stability that we aged to match this build.

I went with a Hipshot 2pt. Trem with a big block and steel saddles. This bridge/trem gives this Strat incredible tuning stability, resonance and sustain. All of the hardware, including this trem, pickguard, covers and knobs on this Izabella were aged by us as well.

For the electronics i went with a standard 5way switch with a blender pot on the 2nd tone knob that operates as a coil tap for the Humbucker in the bridge. I used a an Oak 5way switch, 250k CTS pots, a CTS blender pot, a .047 Mullard NOS Tropical Fish cap , a John Suhr Treble Bleed, a PureTone 4 prong input jack for added stability and Gavitt Cloth pushback wire throughout. The blender/coil tap allows you to turn the humbucker into a single coil. You can also tap as much or as little of the humbucker as you like!

For the pickups i went with a set of Suhr Mike Landau, ML, single coils (V63’s) in the neck and middle (RWRP) and then a Suhr SSV+ humbucker in the bridge. Here is what Suhr had to say….

“The Mike Landau (V63) started with John’s V63 design and he overwound it, creating a hotter pickup with more output and incredibly rich tone. Previously referred to as the ‘ML’, we’ve updated the name to help players better understand the tonal response and sound. The V63+ pickups offer a balance of tight lows, focused midrange and smooth top-end sparkle.“

And the SSV+ …..

“Our most popular humbuckers. The SS, or single screw, series of pickups feature the classic, authentic combination of a single row of adjustable screw pole pieces, and a row of slug pole pieces. These pickups offer the warmth of a vintage humbucker with increased clarity and definition. The SSV has a broad sonic aperture with very little compression, making for a dynamic, vintage output humbucker. The SSV Bridge is a versatile pickup that combines the warmth of a vintage humbucker with increased clarity and definition with increased sustain and midrange response.” 

Not only does Suhr make incredible instruments, their pickups are absolutely out of this world. If you haven’t had a chance, I highly recommend them. This HSS set is completely balanced and sound fantastic! And I have to say, other than a set of Fralin Unbuckers, this SSV bridge pickup when tapped with the knob on “3” is one of the best sounding “humbucker split to single coil“ tone out there. You would have thought it was just the single coil bridge pickup. Super Cool!

This aged Lake Placid Blue Strat looks and feels like an instrument that has been gigged for years. With low action, incredible stability, resonance and sustain, this Izabella Strat plays and sounds like a guitar that punches way above its weight class. This one turned out beautifully so get your hands on it quick because we have been selling out of our builds super quick!

**Check out the incredible demo down below of this HSS set in action**


Here at Big River we've started doing our
own Nitro finishing on guitars. We mix our
own colors to try and closely match the
classic colors of the ttgolden age of Strats
and Tele's . We are also mixing some
more modern Fender colors as well.
Some guitars will be relic'd, some will just
have that incredible old school feel.
Check back often to see what other
Strats and Tele's we turn into great
looking great sounding quitars.

My instruments receive a full setup, with a
deep body/neck cleaning and polish. All
gloss maple boards are polished, while all
rosewood/darker boards receive an F1 &
lemon oil treatment. make sure all
electronics are in working order and if
something under the hood needs to be
changed, I make that determination
based upon what type/year guitar im
working on. But either way I am upfront in
my listing. Guitars are set up with
D'Addario XL 9-42's. Action is checked.
and adjusted to Low-Med if necessary.
and tuning and intonation is set on all
instruments before I pack them to ship.

It always made me feel good when i
pulled a guitar out of a box and basically
only had to tune it up to pitch and away
you go, so I try to afford you the buyer, of
that same courtesy. Understand though
set ups are a truly personal thing. I
cannot guarantee everything but I try to
use the bell curve when it comes to
setting up instruments, so even if there is
something you wanted changed it is not a
big ordeal. Feel free to ask if there is
something specific you would like.
Anywho thank you for checking us out, if
you have any questions feel free to ask, if
there are any upgrades you wish to have
done on any guitar, let me know and I
promise I will be incredibly fair when
offering quotes for upgrades. Even if you
know you want to upgrade for example
the stock pickups on a MIM Fender Tele
but don't know to what, shoot me a
message, I have knowledge on a wide
range tonal options.


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Listed3 months ago
ConditionMint (Used)
Mint items are in essentially new original condition but have been opened or played.learn more
  • Stratocaster
  • Lake Placid Blue Nitro Relic
  • 2023
Made In
  • United States
Right / Left Handed
  • Right Handed
Number of Strings
  • 6-String
Body Type
  • Solid Body

Big River Guitars

Saint Louis, MO, United States
Joined Reverb:2021

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