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Calaveras Fretworks is a builder of completely unique custom guitars featuring our UBRTM (Universal Body Rout) design and easily interchangeable pickups and electronics. What makes CFCG most unique is that the pickups used in each build are never pre-determined. First we decide on the woods and the playability features of the instrument (body wood, neck wood and profile, fingerboard wood and radius, fret size and material). Then the guitar is built and tested in raw wood form. Our UBRTM design accommodates all humbucker and Strat sized pickups. The guitar pickups and all electronics are mounted on an easy-to-remove prewired pickguard assembly which connects to the guitar body using a simple power plug. This makes changing the guitar electronics as simple as removing the pickguard screws and swapping out one pickguard assembly for another. Interchangeable electronics allow us to search for and find that perfect tone on every instrument. We build each instrument with the unique response of the woods and pickups in mind right up front. This test work takes a little extra effort on our part, but this is actually the fun part of the process. Finally we decide on the nitrocellulose lacquer and hardware finish, and other appointments to make them look cool as hell. These are the guitars that travel with us to shows and are available for you to play and purchase at a number of regional stores. (Click here for the current store listing)
Our custom build process is very similar with the exception that you define the playability features of the instrument. Then you are free to visit our shop and test drive any number of different pickup sets in order to find the tone that you are looking for and the sound that is most perfectly matched to your style of play. You get to select the tone and finish of your custom build BEFORE your guitar is completed! Of course any CFCG owner can also purchase additional pre-wired pickguards to further expand the sound of their guitar. Attention to detail and our unique build process are what makes Calaveras Fretworks Custom Guitars some of the finest and most versatile guitars on the market today.
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