The latest model in the Step Sister family is the Redwood. The key elements of the already-classic Step Sister design are preserved entirely, from the chambered body to the one-piece genuine mahogany neck...
The latest model in the Step Sister family is the Redwood.
The key elements of the already-classic Step Sister design are preserved entirely, from the chambered body to the one-piece genuine mahogany neck, with a 22-fret pau ferro fingerboard that joins the body at the 16th fret with a sleek-designed heel to allow comfortable access to the upper frets.
The body is carved from one piece of African mahogany and topped with a solid maple board. The top is then routed, to host a book-matched 2mm redwood overlay 'sunk-in' to the maple top. The redwood overlay is cut to leave just enough maple around the outer edges, for a natural binding visual effect.
The solid headstock similarly carries a matching redwood overlay, bound with a maple strip, that extends as a fingerboard binding all along the neck.
The added touch of the redwood top lends a special appearance to the guitar, as the redwood grain and figuring is so different from every wood blank, that no two tops may look the same.
Sonically, the redwood, native from Northern California, has a warm yet dry and direct imprint, brighter and bolder than cedar, but with a softer attack than maple. The electric tone is rich and open on the upper range and the harmonics for a well balanced, versatile result.
The nickel plated, lacquered B&G hardware, and the hi-gloss, transparent nitro finish, contribute to the natural beauty of the Step Sister Redwood.
GOLDEN ERA LUTHERIE
B&G Private Build guitars are hand-built using the traditional techniques of the "golden era" of electric lutherie, delivering a vintage feel, look and sound right out of the case.
Glue is one of the critical elements in the building of a guitar. Traditional hide glue for the neck joint, fish glue for the frets and urea formaldehyde for the top all crystalize like glass when dry and create a substantially thinner layer between the different parts. These glues allow for optimal string energy transfer -- significantly better than modern synthetic glues can achieve.
Single rod, one-way truss-rods are lighter and require a smaller channel in the neck. This building technique also requires neck woods that are perfectly aged and accurate installation of the truss-rod. Private Build B&G guitars only use this specific truss-rod design for improved tone transfer and sustain.
The vintage recipe for the best looking, thinnest and most resonant finish, is still the best one. Nothing compares to an adequately sprayed and buffed traditional nitrocellulose lacquer, the only finish that ages together with the wood, becoming thinner over time, merging into the wood molecules and allowing them to vibrate freely.
Private Build pickups are developed and hand-wound in-house, to ensure that specific nuance of vintage tone. P90s, Kikbuckers or humbuckers either potted or unpotted based on AlNiCo magnets and 42AWG lacquered enamel copper wire are voiced to perfection. Even the brass cover is included in the tone equation and, together with all the other aspects, allows for the unparalleled airy warm and organic tone of a B&G guitar.
Brass is a beautiful metal for guitar hardware. It offers a great tranferring function of the entire frequency spectrum without sounding too metallic. This is the reason why B&G manufactures the bridge by milling a solid block of brass, yet another B&G exclusive feature.
The B&G solid brass tailpiece is built to resonate, delivering a world of overtones just like a natural reverb. A piece of jewelry conceived to look just as good as it sounds.
RULE OF 18
The vintage-sized frets are precisely installed on the fingerboard using the historic "rule of 18" (24-3/4 scale) to ensure the comfortable playability that only a vintage instrument is able to deliver.
The Step Sister is all about playability. While keeping the classic 24-3/4" scale length, the neck joins the body at the 16th fret and the fingerboard grows to 22 frets. Available in the Cutaway version only, it grants easy and comfortable access to the upper freets for the most advanced rock, jazz, fusion and blues playing styles.
The neck joint affects the access to the upper registers significantly. The Step Sister sports a neck heel that grants the maximum transfer function of the string vibrations while virtually disappearing under the hands of the player, allowing the most comfortable reach up to the 22nd fret.
Each B&G Private Build instrument needs time from start to finish. The guitar will need weeks to evolve from beginning the assembly of different wooden pieces to becoming a unique, vibrant, resonant entity. B&G instruments are built to last more than a lifetime; the 3 to 4 months needed to complete each one are definitely well worth the wait.
- Construction: chambered
- Body thickness: 1.75" / 4.45cm
- Body length: 17.2" / 43.7cm
- Body width: 13" / 33cm
- Back wood: one-piece African mahogany
- Top wood: redwood and maple
- Nut: TUSQ
- Scale length: 24 3/4"
- Fingerboard radius: 12"
- Neck joint: @ fret 16
- Frets: 22
- Neck wood: Honduran mahogany
- Fingerboard: ziricote
- Fretwire: nickel-silver, width 0.080", crown 0.050"
- Inlay: pearloid
- Truss rod: traditional one-way, spoke wheel nut
- Headstock: solid, redwood head-plate, maple binding
- Tailpiece: solid brass B&G
- Bridge: B&G solid brass ABR
- Pickguard: brass
- Tuning machines: Gotoh
- Strings: Ernie Ball 0.10-0.46
- Potentiometers: CTS 500k
- Toggle switch: Switchcraft 3-way
- Jack: Switchcraft
- Wiring: 50s style
- Total: 7.7 - 8.8 lbs / 3500-4000 gr
- Total: 38.9" / 987mm
- Type: nitrocellulose natural
- Total: 38.9" / 987mm
- Orientation: left-handed, right-handed
- Nut width: standard 1.68", wide 1.75"
- Neck thickness @ fret 1: standard 0.89", slim 0.86"
- Neck thickness @ fret 10: standard 0.96", slim 0.91"
- Neck shape: B&G soft V, custom
- Pickups: B&G hand-wound P90s, B&G hand-wound humbuckers, B&G hand-wound Kikbuckers
- Wax potting: unpotted, potted
- Control layout: switch-volume-tone (default), volume-volume-tone (by request)