This example of the team-built Tulsa model features a light weight, chambered body of white African limba (AKA korina) with a stunning curly maple top. Both top and back have been contoured in the traditional German-carve manner, making the instrument extra comfortable to hold...
The Tulsa model is a perfect blend of long scale shimmer and short scale grunt. Jol envisioned a guitar that would be comfortable to play for Tele and Strat lovers who wanted a little of that Les Paul muscle without sacrificing their rhythm sound. For Gibson players, the Tulsa will step your tone into new areas and still feel like an old friend. Standard inlays are your choice of 12th fret, seven piece pearl and abalone "claw" or pearl dots. Available with a wide variety of options.
ABOUT THIS GUITAR
This example of the team-built Tulsa model features a light weight, chambered body of white African limba (AKA korina) with a stunning curly maple top. Both top and back have been contoured in the traditional German-carve manner, making the instrument extra comfortable to hold. The body is chambered and is extremely resonant. The matching limba neck is carved in a stout, yet friendly "D" shaped vintage carve, recalling the Juniors of the 1950s. Dantzig guitars utilize a low-mass single carbon steel truss rod, that is pre-stressed to allow both forward and backwards adjustment without resorting to tone-robbing double rods.
The fretboard is old growth Brazilian rosewood from Jol Dantzig's decades old stash and is fretted with 22 medium oval nickel silver frets in what Jol describes as a compensated 25.5" scale. Rather than merely copying vintage practices, this fret scale is adjusted for current string manufacturing techniques, and the resulting intonation is perfect for the modern player. Radius is a comfortable 12". Inlays are mother of pearl dots, with a seven piece abalone and pearl "claw" inlay marking the 12th fret. Side markers are genuine mother of pearl as well.
Pickups are vintage style low-wind units from John Grail. These extremely hard to obtain pickups are subtle enough to allow the tonality of the instrument speak without coloration and their hi-fi output is perfect for post-processing as well.
This lightweight and resonant instrument employs a lightweight aluminum wraparound bridge by TonePros. The locking studs transmit vibration to the guitar's body with striking efficiency, allowing notes to jump out clearly and sustain readily. You will be amazed by the clarity of each note in chords, and surprised by the amplitude of the high E string as well.
Controls are the classic 2 volume, 2 tone (which Dantzig refers to as a contour controls). Combined with a passive treble bleed circuit for each pickup, the matching of Orange Drop capacitors with Bournes pots give a surprising amount of control and variety of tone. The Switchcraft 3-way toggle is placed easily at hand.
All hardware is matte finished nickel, including the ultra-light open back Sperzel Sound-Lok tuners. For an additional vintage touch, the tuner keys are grained ivoroid. The headstock headplate is ebony with matte nickel inlet logo and monogram.
Jol has expressed a distaste for glossy "bowling ball" finishes that are akin to kitchen appliances. Therefore the entire instrument is finished in low gloss nitrocellulose lacquer that is warm and friendly to the touch. The top is colored in a glorious "sunset" burst, while the back and neck are natural korina. Rather than machine-buffed, every Dantzig guitar is hand rubbed in a French polish style. The resulting feel is reminiscent of vintage instruments, without resorting to relicing techniques. The goal is a new guitar that feels like a fine musical instrument (not a toaster!).
- Model: Tulsa Korina P90
- Serial #: 70105
- Finish: low gloss "violin" nitro
- Color: sunset burst top/natural korina back
- Body: white African limba (korina)
- Neck: white African limba (korina)
- Top: bookmatched curly maple, German carve
- Back: 2 piece figured limba (korina), German carve
- Scale length: compensated 25.5"
- Fingerboard: Brazilian rosewood
- Fingerboard radius: 12"
- Frets: wide oval Jescar, .050"x.090"
- Inlay: pearl dots, 7 piece abalone and pearl "claw" @ 12th fret
- Neck shape: vintage D shape
- Nut: bone
- Headplate: ebony
- Logo/monogram: matte nickel inlet
- Tuners: Sperzel open back Sound-Lok, matte nickel with ivoroid buttons
- Pickguard: NA
- Pickups: John Grail Papa Grail P-90s w/metal covers
- Bridge: low mass aluminum locking TonePros wraparound, matte nickel
- Tailpiece: NA
- Strap buttons: Straplock
- Controls: 2 volume, 2 tone contour, 3-way Switchcraft toggle
- Potentiometers: Bournes
- Capacitors: Sprague orange drops
- Case: custom alligator