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Trussart Steeltop Dragon Engraved sn 06-233 - SOLD!  From Trussart


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James Trussart Guitars

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James Trussart Guitars - NAMM 2010 w/ Danny B. Harvey

James Trussart brought many of his exciting guitars to show off at the 2010 NAMM show, and demonstrations by legendary guitarist Danny B. Harvey. James is renowned for his Steeldeville, Steelcaster and Steeltop guitars that have found homes in the hands of all styles of players from rockabilly to country to hard rock. At this years NAMM show he is showing his newest designs including the Steelmaster and the Steelstrat. Any of the Trussart guitars are available for purchase through Sound Pure, who is always available to answer any questions you have about guitars, tone, and the recording process. Call Sound Pure toll free 888-528-9703, or e-mail them at sales(at)soundpure.com

Manufacturer's Description from Trussart

The Steeltop has the look and feel of a vintage instrument while also featuring another James Trussart original invention: the recessed steel top plate. The metal plate sits in a recessed area on the face of the instrument, which keeps the edge of the metal plate covered, adding comfort as well as styling. In addition to the recessed steel top plate, our exclusive chambered wood body and custom metal appointments are beautiful to look at as well as being functional. For instance, the recessed steel head cap adds mass to the headstock and increases sustain. The steel, while also being the perfect medium to display the beautiful Trussart custom finishes and engraving, also has tonal advantages. The Steeltop tone is a uniquely classic sound that, combined with the resonant qualities of the chambered body and steel top, can range from sweet thick classic tones to the heaviest lead tones. Equally at home being played on stage or on display as a piece of art, you will know you have something special the moment you lay your hands on this instrument, as every Trussart is loaded with unique custom details. The construction of these instruments is only half of the story; the other half is the finish. Steeltops are available with distressed finishes that come with a history and a slight element of neglect, or of decay, so it has a personality all its own.

This Trussart has found it's way into the hands of many guitarists including Rich Robinson of the Black Crows, Pete Stroud of the Sheryl Crow Band, Kirk Douglas of The Roots and Brian Ray of the Paul McCartney Band to name just a few.

James Trussart Guitars

About Manufacturer

James Trussart is one of the few builders who has broken the mold of traditional guitar making. Working with steel as the primary material, he produces guitars that are as unique in appearance as they are in tone. Trussart is a musician-turned-luthier. The Parisian native began his career as a fiddler, accompanying Cajun singer-songwriter Zachary Richard in the late 70s, before turning his attention to crafting violins and later guitars in 1980. From his current So-Cal home workshop (where he's resided since 2000), Trussart crafts custom steel-bodied guitars, basses and violins in a dazzling array of finishes, reminiscent of shiny chrome resonator instruments and rusty, weathered or fossilized discarded machinery. And the tone is so distinctive that Trussart guitars have become "must-have" instruments in the arsenals of influential artists including Paul Simon, Eric Clapton, Billy Gibbons, Charlie Sexton, Daniel Lanois, Marc Ribot, Peter Stroud (Sheryl Crow), Rich Robinson (Black Crowes), Sonny Landreth, Joe Perry, Tom Morello, Billy Corgan, The Roots and many, many more. "I've always like the look and feel of old guitars, believing them to have a life beyond that of their creator," says Trussart. "And I wanted to somehow emulate that effect of age and history on my own guitars. I wanted to make a guitar that came with a history and a slight element of neglect, of decay, so it had a personality of its own. Trussart's creations are designed to have the look and feel of a vintage instrument with the added appeal of a metal construction. His "Rust-o-matic" technique (a term coined by Billy Gibbons regarding Trussart"s unique finishes) involves leaving the guitar body exposed to the elements for several weeks, allowing it to corrode before treating it to stop the corrosion. He then sands it to replicate years of distress, and then finishes it with a clear satin coat. Many of the Trussart models features patterns either engraved or literally imprinted into the metal bodies or on the pickguard or headstock. Engraved skulls, roses and tribal art are some of the more common themes, while others feature textures of alligator skin or plant materials. He literally sandwiches the metal with the alligator skin and lets it sit in water for several days. Various pickup options are offered like TV Jones, Golden age, Arcane-inc, Lindy Frailin, Tom Holmes, but standard fare is the Seymour Duncan Alnico Pro II?s. Neck options offered are the classic radius and shape guaranteed to fit the most demanding players needs. And the sound? Former Guitar Player magazine editor and guitarist Joe Gore (Tom Waits, PJ Harvey, Tracy Chapman) summed the distinguishing tone of Trussart's Steelcaster with the following rave: "I literally believe this guitar makes me play better. I love the combination of ultra-articulate attack and full-bodied sustain. It's almost as if one is playing through a high-quality compressor, only without sacrificing a shred of transient impact. The subtle metallic resonance that extra midrange peachiness telegraphs articulation details. I play predominantly with my bare fingers, and I've never before encounter an electric guitar that communicates the texture of skin, nail, and combinations thereof with such breathtaking immediacy. I also find myself better able to "shape" notes. I think that's dueto: a combination of the guitar's innate sustain, the perfect fretwork, the way subtle neck bends complement finger vibrato, and the gratifying "feedback loop" created when the metal body hums against your chest."


Chambered Alder Body with a recessed Metal top.

Dragon Engraved top

Bolt-On Maple Neck with a chambered Alder body with a recessed Steel Head Cap.

Neck Shape- 60's

Ebony Fingerboard

24-3/4" Scale

1-5/8" Wide Nut

10" Radius

Frets #6130

Tune-O-Matic or Stop Tailpiece (Tone Pros)

Controls- Volume, Volume, Tone and a 3-Way.

Trussart / Arcane Inc., Seymour Duncan Alnico II Pro Pickups Standard

Weight 7 to 8 pounds depending on pickup and Bridge Options

Setup with Everly 10 to 46 gauge strings (other gauges available upon request)

Made In America

Includes a James Trussart signed Certificate of Authenticity

Hard Case (Black or Brown) is included in the price of the instrument


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