1989 Zemaitis Custom Deluxe Metal Front Guitar
When shipping guitars of this caliber over a few thousand miles it pays to pack them well, the guitar is protected by a made to measure super high end serial numbered Calton case & then placed inside a made to measure high density packing case, all opening were secured by over 30 screws, it took a while to get in to but for sure, no prying eyes or hands were going to be handling this guitar in transit.
Commissioned in 1988 & completed by Tony in 1989, the guitar has had two owners, from a specification standpoint it really is as high a spec as was possible with Tony back in the day, it is a full custom deluxe model & then with advanced switching, full & intricate engraving by Danny O’Brien, this would have been “beyond expensive” in Tony’s world 24yrs ago, nowadays it is very hard to find a Zemaitis metal front at this level & in near perfect condition, we are thrilled to have this guitar available.
Two octave neck, Ebony headstock overlay & a Rosewood fingerboard, zero wear to the original frets or the fingerboard.
The engraving encompasses the entire metal front & would have been a very long involved job for Danny to complete , the top half of the front down to the bottom of the bridge pickup features the usual flowers & Tonys name plate, the lower half is fully occupied by a fire breathing dragon, the tail of the Dragon wraps around the pre-set tone switch & bridge pickup volume control the metal front is in near perfect condition.
Hand made & engraved tailpiece, hand made bridge, hand made & engraved pickup surrounds, engraved position markers for the pickup selector switch & three position tone switch hand wound PAF replica pickups, the original owners initials are written in Tony Zs hand in the neck pickup route, Tony also signed “ACZ” in the bridge pickup route.
Non personalized engraved truss rod cover, engraved Zemaitis fleur-de-Lys headstock badge.
An extremely rare Zemaitis metal front, built to the highest specification & attention to detail,very likely the nicest Zemaitis MF available anywhere in the world today!