Oh, Magpie, you magnificent beast. You’ve become my dual humbucker sweetheart. You’re refined and lovely, then tough and mean. Works for me, and it will for you too.

A 24-9/16” scale length is where the Magpie excels, with its 22 frets and slightly overwound bridge pickup. Snarl and clarity – be sure to listen for those overtones – then back off the volume for a clean tone to die for. Perfect fat tones in the neck position thanks to that under-wound Cardinal Hb. Woods? So many have worked beautifully over the years, and I’m now using my favorites.

  • Solid cypress or limba body
  • Spalted or burled maple top
  • Torrefied maple or poplar (yes poplar, trust me on this one) neck (C-shape, 0.85” – 0.90”)
  • Indian rosewood or Honduran rosewood fretboard with Cardinal inlays
  • Dual Cardinal Hb humbuckers
  • Tune-O-matic bridge with custom Cardinal tailpiece
  • Locking Hipshot tuners
  • Cardinal hardware
  • Volume, tone, and 3-way toggle
  • 22 jumbo Jescar frets
  • 24-9/16”” scale length
  • Radius = 12”
  • 1.70” nut width
  • Bone nut
  • Burnished, oil-based violin varnish finish
  • Hardshell case


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