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Thrace II: A bright dream of adventure

It’s no secret that my builds are heavily inspired by sci-fi. Sci-fi deals with topics like the possibilities of faster than light space travel, existentialism, adventures in future technologies and exploration of other relms, all themes found wovern through much of the music I love.

This year I set off on my own adventure with my amazing partner, exploring the UK canals and waterways on our narrowboat home, while still building guitars. We chose to do this for a few different reasons, to explore the country, as well as the exploration of alternative, more off-grid living. We want to live more consciously; with greater awareness of what we need to survive (and thrive) and also conscious of what we waste and what we put back into the world. Most of the year, our power is supplied by four solar panels, even on grey days. Our boat is not perfect from a green perspective, but it is something we are increasingly more conscious of and trying to improve upon. This life gives us the chance to explore the country, via the fantastic and historic waterways, and as much as I would love to be on an altruistic adventure through space, spreading a message of peace, love and grindcore whilst taking in nebulas and exploding stars, we get to live in the heart of nature, making contact with ducks and moorhens as we traverse this fantastic feat of Victorian engineering, portaling through locks, gliding over aqueducts and slipstreaming through tunnels.

Despite the way things feel in a worldwide sense, I feel full of optimism for the future of our planet and the adventures (and misadventures) we may finally have when we begin to explore the further reaches of space. That is the spirit in which I built this Thrace guitar.

My first Thrace guitar was more focused on mental health and atypical thinking. This build feels like my core guitar themes of sci-fi and ergonomics taken to extremes; an exploration of shape and theme whilst working in new ways and exploring different building methods.

The result is an optimistic beast of a guitar.

Built to an unusual hybrid/baritone scale and designed to sit at a higher angle, with complete, unhindered access to a full, double octave fretboard. Decoratively, a stabilised boxwood top has been left to do a lot of the heavy lifting, but the unusual ergonomically driven body shape has been embellished with exposed body carves and stains. The African mahogany in the body and neck is completely reclaimed. As well as being more carbon neutral, this adds extra stability to a light, thin guitar. The bridge comes from Mitsel Hardware in Ukraine and is comfortable and easy to use, (much like the rest of the guitar) leaving the user free to explore the realms of musical space!

Joking aside, if we ever want to get to a place where space travel is commonplace, we must have an earth left that can support the glorious biodiversity of life. For this reason, I will be donating £500 from the sale of this guitar to Solar Aid.

Specification

  • 28-26.5" scale, 24 fret
  • 10.5mm bridge spacing,
  • 42mm Corian nut
  • Two-way trussrod, carbon fibre reinforced
  • Through neck construction, 7 part
  • Jumbo Dunlop frets
  • Bare Knuckle Warpig pickup
  • Mitsel bridge system
  • 500k CTS volume with push/pull coil split
  • Reclaimed African mahogany neck and body wood. Padouk, maple and walnut neck splices with tulip veneers
  • Fumed eucalyptus fretboard bound in UK horse chestnut, with nebula inspired brass and mica inlay
  • Stabilized boxwood top
  • Spray stain and polished Osmo oil finish.

Condition

At the point of writing, this instrument is in immaculate condition but this is a stock/demo guitar and will be used regularly at shows and in stores. Any listed discount given is reflective of the condition of the guitar.

Custom guitars

All of my core guitar and bass models can be ordered completely custom spec, if you are looking for something more particular. Please feel free to get in touch with me directly if you would like to discuss possible options and see what I could do for you.

Shipping

All instruments shipped worldwide. Price includes gigbag but for additional cost, can be sent in a flight case. Price on request.

Condition
Brand
Model
  • Thrace II
Finish
  • Oil
Categories
Year
  • 2023
Made in
  • United Kingdom
Pickup configuration
  • H
Fretboard material
  • Eucalyptus
Fretboard radius
  • 20"
Body material
  • Mahogany
Right/left-handed
  • Right-Handed
Number of strings
  • 6-string
Wood top style
  • Quilted
Body shape
  • Single Cutaway
Neck material
  • Mahogany
Finish style
  • Gloss
Body type
  • Solid body
Neck construction
  • Neck-through
Offset body
  • Yes
Finish features
  • Matching headstock

About the Seller

SBC Guitar & Bass

Langford, United Kingdom
(6)
Joined Reverb:2018
Items Sold:12

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