The Making of the Thunder Child Veloce Handmade Guitar
The Story of the Thunder Child Veloce Handmade Guitar
The Thunder Child “Veloce” Custom guitar is the hotter output version of our beloved Thunder Child Guitar. Made exclusively from rare local salvaged lumber from Israel such as ancient olive, Judean Desert Acacia , Mediterranean cypress and wild Rosewood, It was designed to recreate the soulful and mesmerizing tones of the late 60’s early 70’s without any tone “enhancements” and sound fx.
We’ve captured all of your favorite unique aspects of the original and added the unique classic lipstick humbuckers that are handmade for us by Dano expert -Doug Tulloch.
This time we aimed at recreating the best humbucker tones of such tone legends like Paul Kossoff, cream era Clapton, Michael Bloomfield, Jimmy Page, Peter Green and other notable 59′ burst/ humbucker guitars of the late ’60s with their sweet “woman tone” , “biting” overdriven sustainable notes , and at the same time we kept our unique “bell-like” clean chime which became part of our signature tone.
By creating six available pickup configurations you get also our classic single coil signature tone and probably one the best sounding humbucker classic tones there is.
This stunning and amazing sounding guitar is a result of another epic journey and research for the holy grail of tone,
Just like the Thunder Child- the design inspiration of the “veloce” version came from varied sources. You will be able to find echoes of fast and furious classic cars from the time of epic journeys and innovative designs.
It has the same chambered old growth red cedar or aged salvaged Mediterranean cypress with rare local salvaged book-matched tops of your choice.
The combination of lightweight Mediterranean cypress neck and semi-hollow Mediterranean Cypress/red cedar body gives an unbelievably responsive feel, woven with complex overtones that make for its warm and rich signature sound.
The guitar is equipped with a humbucker version of the most authentic Lipstick pickup replica being produced today by Dano expert Doug Tulloch.
The pickup is made with the correct full-size Alnico 6 magnets based on an original 1959 era magnet. Each magnet is then friction taped before winding exactly as the originals were. The best available vintage correct 42 AWG “Plain Enamel” coil wire is used, and most importantly, its wound directly onto the magnet. The vintage style aluminum mounting brackets are all made custom in-house on the very jigs pickup designer Tom Holmes designed/built for Jerry Jones Guitars.
Our unique handmade hardware is made from our special brass alloy for improved tone and better resonance.
just like any guitar we build, our benchmark is “The cable Test”:
The guitar has got to sound amazing with just one cable between the guitar and the amp with its pure tone. No effects. No filters. No enhancements.
Our mission is to build you an instrument that will be your lifelong companion on your journey. To create an heirloom quality instrument. Something that will leave its mark across generations.
May the god of thunder be with you!
CUSTOM GUITAR SPECIFICATIONS
Aged Lightweight Red Cedar/ Local salvaged Mediterranean Cypress
Top: Bookmatched salvaged local Wild Judean Desert Acacia/ ancient salvaged olive/Wild local salvaged Rosewood.
Neck: Local salvaged Mediterranean Cypress
Fingerboard: Wild Local Rosewood
Bridge: Tone Revival high-quality bell brass Tailpiece with our own bell brass compensated saddles.
Jack Plate: Tone Revival high-quality heavy brass Jack Plate.
Neck Plate: Tone revival “Two Bearded Men” aged brass neck plate
Electronics Cover Plate: Tone Revival bell brass
Knobs: Tone Revival “Broad-cast” aged brass knobs
Tuning Machines: Golden Age Restoration/Waverly (+$200)
Strings: Rotosound .010-.046 (Other gauges available on request)
Pickups: Our own “Dynamite Sticks” humbucker –the coils are
the most accurate 59′ lipstick pickup replica made for us by Dano expert Doug Tulloch .
Capacitors: Orange Drops
Switch: our special 6-way switch for classic humbucker and single coil tones
Body Thickness: 41-43mm/1.61″-1.69″
Body Length: 380 mm/14.96″
Body Width: 330mm/12.99″
Total length: 930mm/36.61″
Weight: 3.0 kg/6.6lb
Nut Width: 43mm/1.69″
Thickness-1st fret: 21mm/0.82
Thickness-12th fret 25.5 mm/1″
* Due to the nature of hand work and variations in materials, slight deviations from dimensions, weight, texture and color may occur
Order the Thunder Child Veloce Guitar
Starting at $3600
Free express shipping to your door and a high quality Hiscox hardshell case include
A 500 USD refundable deposit is made when ordering, which gets you on the waiting list with an estimated time for the start of the build. 50% of the sum total is to be paid before we start building, with the remaining 50% to be paid before we ship the instrument.
Payable by Wire Transfer/Direct Deposit or PayPal.
*Depending on where you are from, some additional import fees / VAT may be imposed by your customs agency.
*Current expected delivery time: 8-12 weeks