The Seven That Goes To Eleven
A high-octane, chambered solid-body rock machine with virtually limitless possibilities.
The JKS is a newer model. JKS stands for John K Samson, lead singer-songwriter of Winnipeg punk-folk heroes The Weakerthans. It re-imagines the chambered reversed cap Rickenbacker guitars of the 60′s. This guitar is small and light and ready to rock. The "Vegas Showgirl" was born of a one-off custom I made for Damon Mitchell of New Meanies fame. He wanted something crazy loud and super versatile that would also stand out like a 10,000-watt klieg light on stage. The Swingmaster is essentially a remake of the classic Fender Jazzmaster. (The one pictured here I built to spec for Corb Lund guitarist Grant Siemens.) All three are a departure from my very popular 7E arch-top electric, but they still pack more resonance and sustain than a lot of other solid-bodied instruments out there. Plus they're sexy-looking wee beasties, you have to admit. Have some fun dressing one up any way you like.
-- Allan Beardsell
Beardsell guitars come in several body shapes and styles: large, medium, and small bodied steel-string acoustic, solid-body electric, semi-acoustic arch top electric, nylon string, manouche-style, and harp guitar (we even make a pretty sweet mandolin and a killer electric banjo).
Get an eyeful of the photos in the various galleries strewn throughout the site. See something you like that's almost-but-not-quite what you're looking for? Feel free to order "off the menu," as many already have. Truth be told, we've created many "hybrid" instruments over the years, with most features available on one model transferrable (within reason) to just about anything else (like an archtop-style custom brass tailpiece on a steel-string flattop, or a multi-scale classical guitar, or a cutaway banjolectric, or... well, you get the idea).
Venetian or Florentine cutaways, unconventional fingerboard extensions, wacky amplification solutions, sideports (with or without sliding covers), whimsical logo styles, personalized inlays, motorized, remote-controlled attachments of dubious form and function... it's all to play for. Whatever you have in mind, Al will be happy to discuss various options and possibilities with you.