1999 James Trussart Rich Robinson Steelphonic

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We first bought this guitar from Rich Robinson in 2002 , see attached letter from Rich to me dated October 2002, this is a very special Trussart, custom orderd by Rich & built by James Trussart during 1999. The engraved Black Crowes were applied by renowned engraver P. Sabatti. Mr. Sabatti was commissioned for this work prior to an exhibition of his work at thew Louvre in Paris, and this guitar was a part of that exhibition. The Rich Robinson Steelphonic guitar is now back in stock with us.

Rich upgraded the standard pickups to two Tom Holmes aged Humbuckers

The Brushed SteelPhonic is a classic single cutaway design with a Hollow steel body and a wood neck that is both beautiful to look at and to play. Designed to capture the ringing, metallic tones of classic resonator guitars, while having the feel and playability of an electric, the SteelPhonic’s sound is built around a metal “candy box” attached to a transducer pickup. This unique tone can be blended with the sound of the guitars’ two magnetic pickups, creating an array of pleasing sounds no other guitar can produce. A true stereo instrument.

The SteelPhonic features our exclusive hollow steel body and custom metal appointments, like the recessed steel head cap that is beautiful to look at and functional, by adding mass to the headstock it increases sustain. The steel body while also being the perfect medium to display the beautiful Trussart custom finishes and engravings also has tonal advantages. The Trussart SteelPhonic tone is a uniquely classic, thick and resonant tone combined with an edge that cuts through. The construction of these instruments is only half of the story, the other half is the finish, every instrument comes with a history & uniqueness all its own!

Features and Details

  • Hollow Steel Body
  • Bolt-On Maple Neck with a Recessed Steel Head Cap
  • Neck Shape- ’59 Standard,
  • Upgraded Ebony fingerboard
  • 25 1/2″ Scale
  • 1-5/8″ Wide Nut
  • 10″ Radius
  • Frets #6130 (Medium Jumbo)
  • 6 Saddle Custom Hard tail Style Bridge with Custom B-Band pickup and preamp.
  • Controls- Magnetic Pickup Volume, Resonator Pickup Volume, 1 Tone and a 3-Way Toggle switch.
  • Tom Holmes Humbuckers
  • B-Band Acoustic Contact Pickup and Preamp
  • Weight 8 pounds
  • Setup with DR 10-52 gauge strings
  • Made In America