Tulsa Espresso no. 1

First in a series of mahogany bodied Tulsa proofs with torrified maple tops. Full (front and back) German carves. Figured maple over a chambered Honduras mahogany body and neck with stunning hand-rubbed violin lacquer finish in “espresso” nitro. Brazilian rosewood fingerboard—dot pearl markers with abalone and pearl “Claw” inlay at the 12th fret. Two John Grail humbuckers, matte nickel hardware including a 30 gram aluminum wraparound bridge. 25.5″ compensated scale. 7 lbs/8 oz. of killer tone!

Two volume, two tone controls, each with tremble bleed circuit to maintain high frequencies when the volume is rolled down. Sprague Orange Drop caps are mated to the pickups to retain mids when the tone control is turned back. Bournes 500k ohm, low resistance potentiometers, aged bell knobs.

Rosewood peghead faceplate with gold inlet logo and monogram. Tortioseshell over ivoroid truss cover, and ox bone nut.

Ultralight Sperzel tuners are a beautiful mashup of vintage vibe and modern tech. Ivoroid buttons are friendly to the touch and add a touch of visual class. The Sperzel Sound-Lok capstan makes this guitar a joy to re-string, and maintains tuning without having to manually lock the string. These are the best tuners available regardless of price.

Strap lock compatible buttons are inset. Three way switchcraft selector with ’50s style aged switch tip and coarse knurl nut. Frets are a medium wide oval fret .100″ x .055″.

Glorious Espresso finish, matte nickel hardware.The 12th fret inlay is four pieces of abalone and three pieces of pearl in my distinctive “Claw” design.


• Chambered Honduras mahogany and neck
• Premium tempered (torrified) flame maple top
• German carve—front and back
• Brazilian rosewood fingerboard upgrade
• Rosewood headstock faceplate upgrade
• 12” fingerboard radius
• 25.5” compensated scale
• Abalone and pearl Claw 12th fret inlay
• 1.650” nut width
• 22 medium oval frets
• Vintage full “C”-shape neck carve
• Matte nickel hardware
• Wraparound aluminum locking bridge (30 gram)
• Sperzel open back tuner upgrade
• Ivoroid tuner button upgrade
• 2 Volume, 2 tone contour, 3-way toggle
• Bournes pots (low friction)
• Orange Drop capacitors
• Treble retention circuit on each volume pot
• Defense contractor-grade shielding
• Switchcraft toggle
• John Grail humbuckers
• Nitro-shellac “violin” finish
• Custom form fit case