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Spade Gen 2 Tone King Review

The Tone King review of our Spade Gen 2

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Bootlegger Guitar Spade Gen 2

Spade Full Scale Headless Guitar

Bootlegger Guitar Spade Gen 2 Full Scale Pro Guitar / Travel Guitar With OHSC Case
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The Spade is a full 25.5 scale 24 fret performance guitar. At 5 pounds It is well suited for the traveling pro or the traveling enthusiast. All highest quality South Korean hardware and uses standard single ball strings. Our new Monorail bridge isolates each saddle / string so that it vibrates optimally, not allowing sympathetic vibration.  

We use only the highest quality woods, three piece maple neck through construction body, ash body wings and beautiful high polished Brazilian Cherry Jatoba fret board. Comes with OHSC hard case ready for the road or overhead plane compartment. The Ace 4 string bass and Spade are designed by Bootlegger Guitar, and in the tradition of Bootlegger Guitar USA..

Body

  • Three piece hard Maple body & neck through construction. 
  • Hard Swamp Ash wood body wings. 42mm body
  • Finish Honey Natural Polyurethane
  • Neck Through Construction
  • Logo Bootlegger Whiskey Tattoo

Neck

  • 3 piece maple neck / body 
  • Neck Profile Oval
  • Fingerboard Material Brazilian Cherry Jatoba 
  • Fingerboard Radius 13.5 inches
  • Number of Frets 24 / Full Fret Access Design
  • Scale 25.5
  • Frets DHP - 24H / 2.7 mm silver nickel 
  • Nut Material Graphite White / Width Thick 3.4mm / Length 42mm 
  • Truss Rod Head Adjustment Location
  • Inlays, White Pearl Bootlegger Whiskey Diamond
  • Side Inlay Dots Black 1.5mm
  • End-of-Board Width 55mm
  • Finish Honey Natural Polyurethane

Hardware

  • Black finish
  • Bridge & Tuners Taesung HL - New Monorail Bridge System
  • Head Taesung HL 
  • Control Knobs Volume & Tone 
  • Knobs Black Aluminum 
  • Switch Tip Black
  • Switch Washer Black
  • Jack Plate LP Type Black
  • Electronics
  • Neck Pickup Alnico Humbucker S Korea Bootlegger A500K  / 7.50KΩ 
  • Bridge Pickup Alnico Humbucker S Korea Bootlegger B500K / 8.40KΩ
  • Controls 3 Way Toggle Switch

Strings & Set Up 

  • Strings. 009, .011, .016, .026, .036, .046 
  • Uses Standard Single Ball Strings 
  • String Setup 1mm

Miscellaneous

  • Guitar weight 5Lbs
  • Guitar Measurements 30 inches long, 10 Inches Wide, 1 1/2 inches Thick.
  • Case With Guitar Weight 12 Pounds 
  • Case Dimensions 33 Inches Long, 13 Inches Wide, 4 Inches Thick 
  • Case Bootlegger Tattoo Hard Shell Case
  • Included Accessories Case Key & Related Truss Rod & Tuning Tools.

Bootlegger Guitar is a boutique builder in Hermosa Beach, California. All designs are Bootlegger Guitar and all guitars are expertly built by our factory Muse Inc Soul Korea. We have sold our guitars and our Tube amps to players all over the world. 

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Since the 80's creative luthiers like Steinberger have challenged the standard by producing high quality guitars without heads. This unconventional, but savvy design places all of the hardware in one location.

Having everything in one place eliminates the need for a nut, which is a boon for your open notes and intonation in general. Without that extra wood and hardware at the end of the neck, balance of the guitar shifts to the body, alleviating the strain on your strap shoulder. Lighter, full scale, compact and works great as a travel bass.

Current headless builders such as Strandberg, Teuffel, Mayones, NS, Roehrs, Kiesel, Skervesen and Carvin make high end high quality headless guitars. Now Bootlegger Guitar is introducing the new Spade Gen 2 and Ace 4 string bass,  inspired by our original Spade six string guitar. Both these high quality guitars are built by our factory Muse, South Korea, bring value and extreme playability enjoyment.

The Spade is a full 25.5 scale 24 fret performance guitar. At 5 pounds It is well suited for the traveling pro or the traveling enthusiast. All South Korean hardware and uses standard single ball strings. Our new Monorail bridge isolates each saddle / string so that it vibrates optimally without impacting any others, not allowing sympathetic vibration.  

We use only the highest quality woods, three piece maple neck through construction body, ash body wings and beautiful high polished Brazilian Cherry Jatoba fret board. Comes with high quality custom hard case ready for the road or overhead plane compartment. The Ace and Spade are designed by Bootlegger Guitar, and in the tradition of Bootlegger Guitar. 98 Proof. 

Spade Reviews 

I was looking for a good quality travel guitar which would not break the bank and came across a video review of the Bootlegger Spade 2 by a guy named the ‘Tone King’. I typically do a lot of research when looking at buying things, especially for something like a guitar, and knew there was a risk that what I saw on a video review would not translate to something I liked when I sat down to play it but was pleasantly surprised by the Spade 2. In fact, I’d say its pretty darn good for an reasonably priced travel guitar. I received it last week and sat on the couch playing a few blues scales and a little ‘Stormy Monday’ was pleased with the ease of playability and the tone I was able to achieve. It’s definitely not in the same class as my USA made G and L legacy but I did have a fun time playing it and think it will be great for a travel guitar to take on the biz trips to Asia. I plugged into a little Blackstar Fly 3 amp and thought ‘not bad’. I then plugged into my Fender Hot Rod and ‘not bad’ became ‘pretty darn good’. I’d definitely recommend the guitar over other cheaper travel guitars and look forward having something to do in the evenings after a long day at the factory- Tony

Bootlegger Spade Headless Travel Pro Guitar With Custom OHSC Case
Bought on Apr 15th, 2019 by Greg K.
Great guitar!! UPS managed to bust off the selector switch, even though it was packed Extremely well. Sent a message to Chuck and he called almost immediately with multiple solutions to get this corrected. Since I'm good with a soldering iron, opted for him just to mail me a new switch. 2 minute fix. Great guitar and Great customer service, can't beat that :)

Bootlegger Spade Headless Travel Pro Guitar With Custom OHSC Case
Bought on Mar 29th, 2019 by Tony P.
It was great working with Chuck directly. He answered all my questions and I'm happy with my purchase

Headless Guitar Performance Guitar Travel Guitar Pro Guitar

A few notable headless players

Mark Knophfler
Eddie Van Halen
Johnny Winter
David Bowie
Reeves Gabrels
Lou Reed
David Gilmour
Greg Lake
Don Felder

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Roger "Tiny" Kokrs of Unknown Hinson Band

Ace Bass Review Roger “Tiny“ Kohrs of Unknown Hinson 

Ace Bass

Full Scale Headless Bass Guitar


Bootlegger Guitar Ace 4 String Bass & OHSC Custom Case 

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The Ace is a full 34 scale 24 fret performance bass guitar. At 8 pounds It is well suited for the traveling pro or the traveling enthusiast. All highest quality South Korean hardware and uses standard single ball strings. Our new Monorail bridge isolates each saddle / string so that it vibrates optimally, not allowing sympathetic vibration.  

We use only the highest quality woods, three piece maple neck through construction body, ash body wings and beautiful high polished Brazilian Cherry Jatoba fret board. Comes with OHSC hard case ready for the road or overhead plane compartment. The Ace 4 string bass and Spade are designed by Bootlegger Guitar, and in the tradition of Bootlegger Guitar.

Video Review by Roger Tiny Kohrs of Unknown Hinson 

Bootlegger Guitar Ace 4 String Bass & OHSC Custom Case 

Ace 4 Sting Headless Bass Specifications 2019

All new ergonomic balanced design suited for sitting or standing playing.

Headless Pro Level Bass / Travel Bass

Body

  • 42 mm 3 piece Hard Maple neck throug construction. Hard Swamp Ash body wings.
  • Finish Honey Natural Polyurethane
  • Neck Through Construction
  • Logo Bootlegger Whiskey Tattoo

Neck

  • 3 piece maple neck / body 
  • Neck Profile Oval
  • Fingerboard Material Brazilian Cherry Jatoba
  • Fingerboard Radius 13.5 inches
  • Number of Frets 24 / Full Fret Access Design
  • Scale 34 inch
  • Fret width 0.106" x height 0.039"
  • Strings set 750 mm at saddles.
  • Nut Material Graphite White / Width Thick 3.4mm / Length 42mm
  • Truss Rod Head Adjustment
  • Inlays White Pearl Bootlegger Whiskey Diamond
  • Side Inlay Dots Black 1.5mm

Finish 

  • Honey Natural Polyurethane

Hardware

  • Finish Black
  • Bridge & Tuners Taesung HL monorail bridge floating or locking saddles.
  • Head Taesung HL
  • Control Knobs Volume & Tone
  • Knobs Black Aluminum
  • Switch Tip Black
  • Switch Washer Black
  • Jack Plate LP Type Black
  • Controls 3 Way

Electronics

  • Pickup middle BB651-4(CERAMIC8)-BOOHEUNG / 4.96KΩ
  • Pickup rear BB651-4(CERAMIC8)-BOOHEUNG S. / 4.96KΩ

Strings & Set Up

  • Strings single ball 045"~0.105 
  • Standard Single Ball Strings
  • String Setup 1mm

Miscellaneous

  • Guitar weight 8 pounds
  • Guitar Measurements 39 Inches Long, 11 Inches Wide, 1 1/2 Thick
  • Case With Guitar 15 pounds
  • Case Dimensions 43 Inches Long, 14 Inches Wide, 4 Inches Thick
  • Case Bootlegger Tattoo Hard Shell Case
  • Included Accessories Case Key & Related Truss Rod & Tuning Tools.
  • All hardware quality Korean manufactured. Built by our partner Muse Inc, Seoul Korea.
  • Headless Bass Performance Bass Professional Bass

More Information

Since the 80's creative luthiers like Steinberger have challenged the standard by producing high quality guitars without heads. This unconventional, but savvy design places all of the hardware in one location.

Having everything in one place eliminates the need for a nut, which is a boon for your open notes and intonation in general. Without that extra wood and hardware at the end of the neck, balance of the guitar shifts to the body, alleviating the strain on your strap shoulder. Lighter, full scale, compact and works great as a travel bass.

Current headless bass builders such as Strandberg, Teuffel, Mayones, NS, Roehrs, Kiesel, Skervesen and Carvin make high end high quality headless guitars. Now Bootlegger Guitar is introducing the new ACE four string bass inspired by our Spade six string guitar. Both these high quality guitars are built by our factory Muse, South Korea, bring value and extreme playability enjoyment. The Ace and Spade are designed by Bootlegger Guitar, and in the tradition of Bootlegger Guitar. 98 Proof.

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A few notable headless base players

George "Chocolate" Perry

Geddy Lee

Sting

Bill Wyman

Roger Tiny Kohrs

Peter Cetera

Cliff Williams

Earl Falconer

Gerald Casale

Ross Valory


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