Jim Campilongo - Model "C"
Background. After many years of working together and talking about a signature guitar, Jim Campilongo and Hahn Guitars are now releasing the Model "C" - a high-end guitar at an affordable price. The most important part of the "C" was that it be the absolute highest quality musical instrument we could make - it plays great, and sounds wonderful. It is not a standard T style, as we have chosen sugar pine as the body wood, but in all respects it is a top flight, professional instrument.
The Model "C" really started when we built an orange Model 228 for Jim, and then he played it the next day on the David Letterman show. Jim was playing with Martha Wainwright at the time and, after setting the guitar up for him, he told me it would be on tv the next night. I laughed and asked him why he would take a chance like that on a new builder and guitar, and he replied "Sometimes it's just nice to do something nice for someone." Well, we became friends right there, and the Model C is a result of that friendship. We have gone through 3-4 iterations, and I think we finally got it.
Specs: lightweight sugar pine body, one piece maple neck with medium depth (approx .85") and c contour, 7 1/4-9 1/2" compound radius, medium jumbo frets, bone nut, Gotoh/Kluson tuners, string retainer set at the G string, Hahn hand wound pickups by Rob Banta, Hahn hardware (cold rolled steel bridge milled from a solid billet and finished in lacquer (not plated), brass compensated saddles, stainless steel ferrules and .10" neck plate, stainless control plate), CTS 250 k pots, CRL 3 way switch, Orange Drop capacitor and push back vintage cloth wire.
Finish. Like all Hahn guitars, the Model "C" is finished in nitrocellulose lacquer. The body receives only 10 coats, so the finish is slightly sunken and is not polished to glass-like shine. The neck receives a slight amber tint, and also receives only the necessary amount of finish to protect the wood; it is then taken down to a matte finish. All in all, the Model "C" has a worn-in feel, but is not reliced.
Limited availability. The Model "C" will only be produced on a limited basis. We are estimating two per month. Pre-order is encouraged and we do not anticipate they will make it to the stock shelves of our online reverb.com store. The price is $1495 with free CONUS shipping and a gig bag.
We hope you enjoy the Model "C"... we are having a blast making it! All the best, Chihoe and Jim