Zeniths started out as a catchall for custom ideas, and that led to some amazing guitars. But when I stumbled onto some 70-year old Douglas fir, that changed…..immediately. Its resonance and consistency were exactly what I was looking for in a body wood. An added bonus was the discovery that Orford cedar and western red cedar were equally as wonderful. Consider the Zenith now dialed-in.

Specs include, but are not limited to:

  • Solid Douglas fir, Orford cedar, or western red cedar bodies
  • Torrefied and figured maple neck (C-shape, 0.84” to 0.90”)
  • Torrefied maple or pau ferro fretboard with small dot inlays
  • Cardinal T-Style bridge
  • Cardinal Tb and CI90 pickups (Cardinal Hb and Tn optional)
  • Volume, tone, 3-way blade switch on Cardinal control plate
  • Cardinal hardware
  • Hipshot locking tuners
  • 21 jumbo Jescar frets
  • 25-½” scale length
  • Radius = 12”
  • Body edge binding
  • Nut width = 1.70”
  • Bone nut
  • Natural and or distressed milk paint finish
  • Burnished oil based violin varnish top coat


To see available Cardinal Zenith series guitars click here