One of the first things you will notice when you first pick up Rick Toone's Spearfish is the build quality. There is a weight and a balance and a solid feel of precision. Every aspect of this instrument has been beautifully engineered for performance in professional recording and touring environments...
One of the first things you will notice when you first pick up Rick Toone's Spearfish is the build quality. There is a weight and a balance and a solid feel of precision. Every aspect of this instrument has been beautifully engineered for performance in professional recording and touring environments.
Details like stainless steel fasteners, anodized aluminum components, and a carbon fiber pickguard are ready for years of service in the most difficult conditions.
The Element™ neck and headstock are CNC machined from lightweight single billet aircraft aluminum that is anodized to aerospace standards. This alloy far surpasses the performance of traditional wood necks in strength, stability, sustain, and tonal clarity. Intonation is perfect. Complex chords will ring, with every interval clearly audible and musical. Multiscale fanned frets are polished stainless steel. The stainless steel nut is engineered for tonal continuity and ease of string height adjustments. Hipshot locking tuners are smooth and provide rapid string changes.
The patented Intonation Cantilever™ are the finest bridges available on the market. CNC machined from stainless steel for solid sustain and tonal transfer, you will immediately notice a stunning range of high fidelity frequency capture. Clean harmonics to deep bass fundamentals, the full force of the string vibration is directed directly into the wood resulting in a natural organic sound. String-to-string note separation is ensured as each bridge is independently mounted to the body.
Custom OEM DiMarzio pickups are exclusive to Rick Toone guitars. Designed for Rick by industry veteran Steve Blucher, head of R&D at DiMarzio Pickups, Staten Island, NYC. These exceptional pickups are specifically voiced to match the tonal clarity and extended frequency range of Rick's guitars. You will discover Spearfish always cuts through the mix with presence and balance, yet without any hint of harshness. 5-way switching is entirely hum cancelling, with 2 & 4 positions bringing bell-like single coil tones as contrasted with the heft and punch of 1-3-5. Stellartone's ToneStyler is a 10 position studio grade EQ, featuring true bypass, allowing the full spectrum of the pickups to shine.
Premium solid swamp ash is the wood of choice for the best of the early Fender Strats and Teles. Snap and sparkle combined with warmth and depth. Gorgeous thin modern poly finish preserves the resonance of nitro, without the fragility. Spearfish blends the best of the old with new.
Most importantly, this guitar is built to fit you. Every subtle curve is matched to your body, the result of intensive ergonomic engineering. Seated position, classical position, standing for performance. Familiar shape, finally done right.
The comment Rick Toone most often gets from Spearfish owners is: "I can't ever go back to my other guitars."
NOTE: The woman holding Spearfish in one of the photos below is Daniela Villarreal. She is guitarist and singer for The Warning, based in Monterrey, Mexico.
- Element™ precision machined aircraft aluminum neck (24.625" vs. 25.626" stainless steel multiscale frets and nut)
- Intonation Cantilever™ patented precision machined stainless steel bridges
- Hipshot locking tuners
- DiMarzio OEM custom pickups with 5-way switching
- ToneStyler studio grade EQ
- Carbon fiber pickguard
- Swamp ash solid body