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2002 Chafin USA Ember Custom! SOLD!

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Chafin Guitars has been building steam in recent years as one of the finest boutique builders in the US. Based in Florida, Ben Chafin was once Dean USA's senior Custom Shop luthier. These years of experience for one of the big guitar companies means great attention to detail and quality. All of Chafin's guitars are built in the USA using top notch materials and hand craftsmanship. You can read more about Ben Chafin's great instruments here or read reviews here.  If you are a fan of high end builders like PRS, McInturff, Suhr, Hamer or Warrior, Chafin Guitars are worth some serious consideration.

How would you like to own the first Chafin Ember? That's right, this example was the first production Ember to roll out of Ben Chafin's shop in 2002. Own a piece of history! Every Chafin guitar features incredible quality. The singlecut body is vaguely Tele shaped but features a carved arch top for classy looks. The back is mahogany and the top is 5A quilt maple, a proven tonal recipe. The 24.75 inch scale mahogany neck features a 12 inch radius ebony fingerboard with 22 hand crowned jumbo frets. The fingerboard features genuine pearl block inlays. The pickups are by Bartolini, a collaboration between Ben Chafin and Bill Bartolini to build a vintage style pickup specifically for these guitars. The bridge position features a full size humbucker for the sound of a hot PAF while the neck position houses a Firebird mini humbucker for articulate rhythm work. The pickups are hooked to push/pull pots for added versatility. You can get great big warm and creamy humbucker tones along with twangy Strat and Tele sounds with this combo. A Tuneomatic bridge, Stopbar tailpiece and Grover tuners keep it rock solid. Other cool hardware includes an Electrosocket jack cup, Gretsch style screw on strap buttons and a custom machined aluminum back plate. This instrument is finished in a gorgeous honey amber sunburst that really accentuates the quilted top. Look at the three dimensional qualities of this carved top. To further the beauty of the instrument, the top edge of the body features a contrasting stripe of unstained wood "binding" not unlike a PRS. A really great looking guitar made in the USA to the highest standards of quality.

Chafin guitars are made to be played and are hand built to perform. This one is no exception. The neck is straight and the frets are good. The neck is substantial in size and shape and reminds me of older Deans I've played. The big frets make playability easy. The pickups sound great and the electronics work as they should. This guitar was collector owned and has been very well taken care. It only shows light pick and clearcoat scratches and normal playwear. Very, very nice. Comes in original Chafin hardshell case.

I'm always happy to sell a great guitar and this Chafin is no exception. Awesome quality, unique looks and excellent tone. Made in the USA by an experienced craftsman. As an added bonus, this is the first Ember model made. Sure to be collectible in years to come. Priced thousands less than a comparable custom made guitar, this Ember Custom could be considered the deal of the century. An incredible value.


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