The Little Sister from B&G is a marvel of modern meets vintage design and engineering, producing tones that keep you reaching for more and sporting absolutely superb feel and playability...
To all at Destroy All Guitars it is very evident that the luthiers at B&G love their craft. We have been so incredibly moved and taken by the build, tone, playability and design of the Little Sister guitars and feel it an absolute honor to have them aboard.
The Little Sister Private Build from B&G is a marvel of modern meets vintage design and engineering, producing tones that keep you reaching for more and sporting absolutely superb feel and playability.
The story of the Little Sister Guitar began in March 2011 while designer David Weitzman was listening to the only existing recordings of Robert Johnson. Something that puzzled Weitzman was the fat and throaty tone of the small bodied parlour guitars played by these early delta bluesmen so he decided to find what is the secret of these instruments and embarked a journey to the crossroads that lead to a completed modern parlour guitar. Weitzman took the guitar to B&G guitars in order to give it some final touches. According to Weitzman, "I left the guitar and a week later got a call from Kiki Goldstein, who said 'We want this model - we want to build it. During the time it was at the workshop it was played by many of our clients and they all loved it I think that everyone needs a little sister guitar!'"
In order to create the best sounding guitars B&G has one simple rule - everything must be made in house. They cast their own brass hardware from a unique alloy that conducts the fullest frequency range (they even use thick brass pickup covers to isolate the coils instead of the chip pressed tin covers used by other manufacturers). They wind and make their own pickups and they use their rare stock of aged wood such as Brazilian rosewood, Madagascar rosewood, Amazon rosewood, Honduras mahogany and Eastern maple (some of it is 90 years old!). They even make the glue they use.
The result is consistency in the quality and the sound of their instruments.
B&G is using the best electronic parts available in the market. They wind their own pickups and which are 100% identical to the best classic pickups that were made back in the '50s during the golden era of the electric guitar.
Nitrocellulose is the original lacquer that was used on almost all of the vintage classic guitars and is still the perfect finish for modern classic instruments. At B&G, they love the look, the feel, and the sound the nitrocellulose provides and it also ages beautifully.
B&G puts a lot of effort into the design of the chambered body cavity. The Little Sister has a perfect balance between solid and hollow body. This is why it has better clarity, and it is a warmer sounding guitar.
The wood has a crucial influence on the sound of an electric guitar. B&G has their own stock of old growth Honduran mahogany, rock maple and Brazilian rosewood. They use only the highest quality wood on their guitars and put a lot of effort into sourcing, locating and increasing their stock.
For the neck B&G uses the classic and comfortable soft V shape '50s style. Custom neck shapes are available.
- Body type: non-cutaway
- Top wood: figured maple
- Back wood: African mahogany
- Body thickness: 1.96"
- Body length: 17.7"
- Body width: 13"
- Neck wood: reclaimed Honduran mahogany
- Fretboard: Brazilian rosewood
- Scale length: 24 3/4”
- Fretboard radius: 12"
- Neck shape: B&G soft V
- Neck joint: @ fret 14
- Truss rod: one way traditional spoke wheel nut
- Neck thickness at 1st fret: 0.89"
- Neck thickness at 10th fret: 0.96"
- Fretwire: width 0.080", crown 0.050"
- Inlay: pearloid
- Nut width: 1.68"
- Headstock: slotted
- Tailpiece: full brass B&G
- Bridge: Faber abr1 gold
- Pickguard: brass
- Tuners: Waverly
- Potentiometers: CTS 500k
- Pickups: '50s style B&G hand-wired P90s
- Weight: non-cutaway, 6.8-8 lbs
- Guitar length: 44.49"