Bartlett Retrospec Burst (used)

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*This is a used guitar in excellent condition
*This is a consignment item. 
*Includes Bartlett flight case

*Observations: There are a couple small marks in the finish on the back but overall condition of this guitar is excellent. Lovely checking in the lacquer creates a beautiful vintage vibe. Very resonant, sounds great plugged in or not. The radius is flat and the neck is a little chunky; Jazz players will definitely love love this guitar. Frets show almost no sign of wear and are in excellent condition. 

$6,499.00 plus $30.00 shipping (consignment)

  • Model: Retrospec
  • Top Wood: Carved Maple
  • Body Wood: One-Piece Genuine Mahogany
  • Neck Wood: Genuine Mahogany Single Piece Neck With ‘Ears’
  • Neck Profile: Rounded ’59 profile; 0.850"  depth @ 1st fret, 0.977" @ 12th fret
  • Fingerboard: Brazilian Rosewood
  • Scale Length: 24 ¾"
  • Radius: 12"
  • Frets: Medium (.095" x .045"), 22
  • Inlays: Cellulose Nitrate Inlays
  • Nut: Nylon; 1.704"
  • Tuners: Kluson Deluxe Vintage Style
  • Bridge: Faber® Tune-o-Matic Bridge and Stop-Bar Tailpiece with 1"- Long Steel Studs
  • Pickups: OX 4 Hand-wound PAF
  • Controls: 2-Tone, 2-Volume Controls With 3-Way Selector Switch
  • Finish: Burst, Super Thin Non-Plasticized Nitrocellulose
  • Case: Custom Flight Case
  • Weight: 9 lbs 1 oz
  • Handmade In Toronto - Canada

Retrospec Features

Cream "Royalite" Binding, Single Action Vintage Style Truss Rod, Set Neck, Hide Glue Construction, Bartlett Cab M-69 Pickup Rings, 500K Volume And Tone Pots, Hand Made Bumblebee Caps, Gold Silkscreen, Aniline Dye.

The Retrospec's design is the brainchild of the esteemed and talented Swedish industrial designer Magnus Malkersson, Kim Lafleur of Historic Makeovers and master luthier Tom Bartlett.

The Bartlett Retrospec guitar features all of the same qualities you would find in the most collectible and coveted of electric guitars, the 1959 Gibson Les Paul. The Retrospec is the same size and weight, same scale length and made from the same materials as they were in the 1950's down to the plastic compounds in the binding and inlays.

The Retrospec is made from old growth Honduras Mahogany, Eastern Maple and CITES certified Brazilian Rosewood.

The guitar is hand made in Bartlett's shop in small batches using tried and true methods of construction. Hot hide glue and Urea formaldehyde is used to join the parts together insuring a tone response unrivaled by modern instruments.

The plastic used in the fingerboard inlays comes from the same factory that made it for Gibson in the late 50's, and is the same recipe. The same applies to the fingerboard binding, and the body binding.

The Retrospec is finished with true Nitro Cellulose Lacquer made specially for Bartlett without the added plasticizer used in modern Nitro Cellulose.

Bartlett selects their pickups from a number of boutique winders who employ the same philosophies as Bartlett Guitars. Several sets of pickups are auditioned in each guitar to find its own unique voice before selecting the best match for each particular instrument.

Bartlett guitars is all about hand made, uncompromising quality.


"Bartlett Guitars is a small boutique electric guitar company based outside of Toronto, Canada. Our goal is to bring the finest hand made instruments to players from around the world

We build our guitars in very limited batches ensuring each unique instrument gets the attention it deserves, from lumber selection to buffing out the finish – each task is treated as a unique circumstance requiring special attention. These guitars are everything but production instruments." - Bartlett Guitars


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