The creation of this tone machine is the result of months of work and research with the support and contribution of “king of blues” Lazer Lloyd. The La Grange Wheel looks like she sounds and sounds like she looks!...
Since Benjamin, the owner of La Grange Guitars, became a guitar builder, he has been eager to create a new "classic" instrument for the blues and rock guitar player. He wanted to come out with an original design with uncompromised playability and comfort that would look and feel familiar, an instrument with incredible responsiveness and sensitivity, able to produce a wide range of tones, from fat and juicy low ends to sparkling highs, through crunchy middles tones.
The Wheel is the result of this quest - a short scale (24.75") set neck guitar that combines a light soft wood korina body with a stiff neck made of two quarter sawn rock maple blanks and a purple heart stripe with an ebony fretboard. This original tone woods combination provides the twang and high ends that you can't get on traditional short scale style guitars and your low ends can be really fat and juicy without losing clarity.
Easy access to the upper frets is ensured by the original design of the cutaway and of the set neck joint. Fingerboard smooth rolled edges, body curves and a belly cut provide maximum comfort to the guitar.
Tyson Tone pickups (hand made in California) made the ultimate P90s set to match The Wheel and achieve the balance Benjamin was looking for between pickups. With the orange 22k capacitor and the treble bleed circuit, you can really dial your tone using the volume and tone controls.
The Dog-Hair finish is Benjamin's favorite finish for The Wheel. It brings out the best of the korina body. But, you can ask for something else. Now, it is your time to play! Everything is in your hands!
- Model: Wheel
- Date of build: 06/2017
- Serial number: W1703
- Body: one piece limba
- Neck: hard maple with purpleheart stripe (vintage amber finish)
- Fingerboard: African ebony
- Fretwire: 22 Jescar jumbo
- Headstock: Indian ebony with celluloid inlay
- Electronics: Switchcraft toggle, CTS 250k pots, 22k Orange cap, treble bleed circuit, shielded cavities
- Parts: aged, Gotoh tuners, USA ABR-1 bridge, aluminum tailpiece
- Weight: 6.39 lbs.
- Finish: black dog hair
- Pickups: Tyson Tone Lab P90s (60 set)
- Strings:10-46 D’Addario