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Ernesto VH3 Brown Burst Koa

The PHRED instruments Ernesto VH3 gets its inspiration from Trey Anastasio's Languedoc guitar combined with the electronics influence of Jerry Garcia's guitars. The fully hollow body features a dual humbucker setup, with discrete split coil switches and a 3-way pickup toggle for 8 different tone combinations! Our Ernesto VH3 Brown Burst Koa is professionally setup with low action and D'Addario 10-46 strings, and the frets are leveled and milled here at our shop in California for a nice smooth and clean feel all around.
Availability: Temporarily sold out.
ETA: Late summer 2017. Pre-Order now to reserve one from this current production run.
Options

Protect your guitar with a G&G Quality Hard Shell Case, custom made for PHRED instruments guitars. Case dimensions are approximately 42"x15"x4".

G&G Quality Hard Shell Case

Re-wire the entire guitar with vintage cloth wiring, CTS pots, Orange Drop Capacitor, Switchcraft output jack(s), and a Switchcraft 3-way pickup selector switch.  In addition to upgrading your tone, you'll get smoother turning knobs and a more fluid pickup toggle selector.

USA Rewiring for PHRED instruments Guitar

Replace the stock bone nut with a brass nut to enhance the guitar's natural sustain and brightness.

Brass Nut

Replaces the stock pickups with Seymour Duncan pickups. Four-conductor wiring and no logo on the pickups.

'59 Pickups (SH-1) Stag Mag Pickups (SH-3)
Seymour Duncan '59 pickups Seymour Duncan Stag Mag SH-3 Pickups

Replace the standard stock tuning machine heads with Schaller M6 6-inline tuning machine heads. Manufacture's Product Page
Schaller M6 Tuning Machine Heads on PHRED instruments Guitars

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Body
The fully hollow body with a flame maple veneer on the front features a dual humbucker setup, with discrete split coil switches and a 3-way pickup toggle for 8 different tone combinations! There is one master volume and discrete tone knobs for shaping your tone.  The guitar strings pass over a floating bridge that is anchored to the guitar body on one side. Similar to a violin, banjo or mandolin bridge, the bridge simply rests on top of the body and is held in place by string tension.  The ebony tailpiece is attached to the end of the guitar with a solid steel bracket, holding the strings in place.  There are two 1/4" output jacks on the side of the body.  One of them is a standard guitar output to plug in a standard guitar cable.  The other output is used for the built-in on board effects loop (OBEL), allowing you to gain further control of the sound coming from your effects pedals.  Scroll down below to read up on the benefits of having an OBEL equipped guitar.  On the back of the guitar, there is a accessible electronics cavity and a 9V battery box that powers the internal built-in preamp.  The built-in pre-amp boosts the signal a small amount and lowers the output resistance so that the signal is better preserved along the guitar cable to your amp. We offer a custom hard shell case to go with the Ernesto VH3 models.

Neck
The maple core neck is attached to the body using very strong wood glue.  The back of the neck contour is a C-shape that feels somewhere in between a strat and an LP neck, not too thin, and not too chunky either.  The 2-octave ebony fingerboard has 24 medium jumbo frets which are leveled and milled here at our shop in California for a nice smooth feel along the edge of the fretboard and all around.  The fretboard features a 12 inch radius which is perfect for soloing and playing chords up and down the fretboard.  Topping off the fretboard are custom pearloid inlays designed by PHRED instruments.  At the top of the neck, you'll find a bone nut for good sustain, and white binding all around the fingerboard for a clean look and feel.  The tilt-back 6-inline headstock shape is a PHRED instruments trademark design.  Under the fretboard is the adjustable double-expanding truss rod, keeping the neck stable in any climate.

Products specifications
Body
Body Style Hollow Body
Body Wood Mahogany
Top Wood Veneer Koa
Bridge Style Floating Tune-o-matic
Stop Tailpiece Style Archtop Wood
Neck
Neck Wood Maple
Fretboard Wood Ebony
Frets 24 Medium Jumbo
Scale Length 25 1/2"
Fretboard Radius 12 inch
Nut Width 1 11/16"
Nut Material Bone
Fretboard Inlays Pearloid Design
Neck Binding White with Black Dots
Neck Stabalization Double-Expanding Truss Rod
Headstock
Headstock Binding White with Black Stripe
Tuning Machines Wilkinson Branded
Pickups
Neck Pickup Style Humbucker (4-wire)
Neck Pickup Color Chrome
Neck Pickup Toggle Switch Mini Toggle (Series/Split Coil)
Bridge Pickup Style Humbucker (4-wire)
Bridge Pickup Color Chrome
Bridge Pickup Toggle Switch Mini Toggle (Series/Split Coil)
Control Knobs and Toggles
Volume Knob(s) Master Volume Knob
Tone Knob(s) Multiple Tone Knobs
Tone Knob(s) Notes Discrete tone knobs for each pickup
Pickup Toggle 3-way Pickup Toggle
Electronics and Wiring
Pre-amp / Buffer Yes (Requires 9V battery)
On Board Effects Loop (OBEL) Yes
Battery Box Yes (9V Battery Included)
Electronics and Wiring Notes OBEL is wired to use external FX pre-volume knob (requires split stereo Y-cable or junction box with stereo cable)
Output
Output Jack(s) One Mono and One OBEL Output
Output Jack(s) Notes Plugging a guitar cable into the mono output powers on the pre-amp
Other Specs
Guitar Strings D'Addario EXL 110 Nickel Wound 10-46
Dimensions 40" (h) x 13" (w) x 1.75" (d)
Weight Approximately 7 lbs

What does OBEL stand for?
OBEL stands for On-Board Effects Loop. It is a wiring design inside the guitar which uses a separate 1/4" stereo jack to allows the direct output from the pickups to go to effects pedals and then back into the guitar for post-effects volume control. The purpose of the OBEL is to allow for volume adjustments on the guitar after being processed by effects. You may notice that distortion and envelope filters respond differently with volume adjustments on a standard electric guitar. Using an OBEL allows for consistent response from your effects pedals/processors at any guitar volume.

What is required to use the OBEL?
While you can use a stereo Y-cable with an OBEL, it is recommended to use a junction box with a stereo 1/4" guitar cable to connect the guitar to a junction box. A junction box looks like a effect pedal and doesn't require power or a battery.  It has a 1/4" stereo input jack on one side, which is where the stereo guitar cable from the guitar's OBEL jack plugs into.  The other side of the junction box has 2 mono 1/4" jacks.  One of those jacks is a send to the input of your effects the other is a return from the output of your effects.  Using one mono guitar fx patch cable, connect the send from the junction box into the input of your first effect pedal, and the the return from the junction box plugs into the output of your last effects pedal in the chain.

If I have an OBEL equipped guitar, can I still play my guitar like a standard electric guitar and just use the mono guitar output?
Yes, you do not have to use the OBEL in order to plug in your guitar to your effects.  You can simply bypass the OBEL using the OBEL bypass mini-toggle switch on the guitar and use the guitar as a standard electric guitar with your effect pedals plugged in-line between your guitar and amp.

Where can I get a junction box?
PHRED instruments recommends either of the following 3 junction boxes.  The HubBub junction box has more functionality designed for guitar players who play guitars with standard mono guitar outputs and also with OBEL equipped guitars.

 Junction Box Model
American Loopers TRS to Mono Y Signal Split (Obel)
Hard Truckers SP-1 'Y' Junction Box
Godfrey Daniels The HubBub


Where can I find a stereo guitar cable?
While there are probably many manufacturers that make stereo guitar cables, we recommend Monoprice stereo guitar cables for quality and affordability.  Their standard guitar cables are pretty good, too!

 Brand Model
Monoprice Premiere Series (TRS) cable
Tsunami Cables Tsunami Cables Website

 
Below is an example showing the PHRED instruments Wolph guitar connected to an amp and effects chain with the OBEL.
In this example, the Wolph guitar has a mono guitar cable plugged directly into the guitar amp.  The other guitar cable is a stereo 1/4" guitar cable that plugs into a Hard Truckers Junction Box (SP-1 'Y' Junction Box), other junction boxes will work as well.  At the send of the junction box, one mono guitar patch cable plugs into the input of the first effect in the pedal chain (Mutron III).  The effects chain uses standard guitar patch cables to connect each effect.  The output of the last effects pedal connects to the return of the junction box.  The OBEL bypass mini-toggle is used to either bypass or use the effects loop.

Wolph guitar with OBEL Diagram

Existing reviews
The neck feels really great and its plays really quick.
This guitar is awesome. The achievable tone with this thing is outstanding. The neck feels really great and its plays really quick. Customer service was also great with quick response times and a friendly attitude. I would recommend this guitar to any Trey/Phish fans. Great guitar. Great customer service. Two thumbs up.
by: Tranum Fitzpatrick | Date: 12/10/2015 6:07 AM
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Out of the box, I had to do no setup work besides tuning it up to pitch.
Out of the box, I had to do no setup work besides tuning it up to pitch. The only mods I did to get it gig ready were a piece of orange tape so as not to confuse the output jacks. I also put a thick rubber washer over the top strap button.

Billy Voight
Guitar World Magazine

http://www.guitarworld.com/electrics-gear-blogs/gear-review-phred-instruments-ernesto-vh3-guitar/  26065
by: Billy Voight | Date: 1/4/2016 6:11 AM
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PHRED instruments guitars are built in small batches. Almost every guitar in production is spoken for by the time they arrive in stock.


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How long does it take for a production run to be completed?
Usually it takes anywhere from 2-6 months for a production run to be complete.  What determines that time frame is usually the total amount of guitars in the production run, time to source materials, hardware and electronics, and unexpected delays. Contact us to learn more about our production schedule.

 

Reserve your guitar from the next batch by pre-ordering today!
By pre-ordering this guitar, your pre-order is placed into our queue system explained below.  When your guitar arrives in stock, we will setup and install any options you selected, and then we'll ship out your guitar.  Pre-orders are processed in the order in which they were received.   

 

 

Understanding our queue system

 

Pre-Order Queue
When your order is in the pre-order queue, it means that your guitar is currently in production or waiting to begin production.

 

Queued
When your order is queued, it means that your guitar has come in to stock and is now waiting to be pulled from the shelf to go for a setup.

 

Setup
When your order is in the setup queue, it means that your guitar has been pulled from the shelf and is with a guitar tech waiting to be setup.

 

Shipping Queue
When your order is in the shipping queue, it means that your guitar is waiting to be boxed up and shipped out. Guitars are typically boxed up and shipped out on Monday or Friday and tracking information will be emailed to you when your guitar ships out.

Setup for a PHRED instruments Guitar

Professional Setup
PHRED Instruments guitars are professionally setup prior to shipping. Setup will include string-height adjustment, intonation, and electronics inspection, and may include fret leveling and fret dressing as needed.



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These 5 important features can be found in almost every PHRED instruments guitar.


24 frets on PHRED instruments Guitars
24 frets

While most electric guitars have only 22 frets, PHRED instruments guitars give you an extra two frets on the fretboard, providing a full 2 octaves on each string. We believe that 24 frets helps you more easily locate your position when playing above the 12th fret and provide better access to the higher frets when soloing.

 

 Set Neck on PHRED instruments Guitars
Set Neck

A set neck is glued in rather than screwed in to the guitar body.  As a result, a set neck will transfer more of the string vibrations to the guitar body, producing a more warm and resonant tone with more girth and sustain.

 

 3 Humbuckers on PHRED instruments Guitars
3 Humbucker Pickups

While many guitars have just 1 or 2 pickups, we believe that a 3 humbucker setup opens up the pallet to guitar tones you might otherwise never get the chance to play. Almost all of our guitars feature a triple humbucker setup with split-coil switches, however, we also recognize the unique tone of playing with true single coils and so we offer them as well on some of our guitars.

 

 Mini Toggles on PHRED instruments Guitars
Split-coil Toggles
If a guitar has a humbucker pickup, we believe that it should also have split-coil mini-toggle switch. Splitting the coils on a humbucker reveals a single-coil pickup tone, allowing you to get two tones from one pickup at the flick of a switch. Split-coil toggles are found on almost all of our guitars that have humbuckers.



Built-in Pre-amp on PHRED instruments Guitars
Built-in Preamp
Behind the scenes, a built-in preamp (unity gain buffer) maintains and improves the tone of the guitar pickups as the sound travels along the guitar cable to fx pedals and amplifier. All of our guitars that have an On Board Effects Loop (OBEL) also have a built-in preamp. 

Products specifications
Body
Body Style Hollow Body
Body Wood Mahogany
Top Wood Veneer Koa
Bridge Style Floating Tune-o-matic
Stop Tailpiece Style Archtop Wood
Neck
Neck Wood Maple
Fretboard Wood Ebony
Frets 24 Medium Jumbo
Scale Length 25 1/2"
Fretboard Radius 12 inch
Nut Width 1 11/16"
Nut Material Bone
Fretboard Inlays Pearloid Design
Neck Binding White with Black Dots
Neck Stabalization Double-Expanding Truss Rod
Headstock
Headstock Binding White with Black Stripe
Tuning Machines Wilkinson Branded
Pickups
Neck Pickup Style Humbucker (4-wire)
Neck Pickup Color Chrome
Neck Pickup Toggle Switch Mini Toggle (Series/Split Coil)
Bridge Pickup Style Humbucker (4-wire)
Bridge Pickup Color Chrome
Bridge Pickup Toggle Switch Mini Toggle (Series/Split Coil)
Control Knobs and Toggles
Volume Knob(s) Master Volume Knob
Tone Knob(s) Multiple Tone Knobs
Tone Knob(s) Notes Discrete tone knobs for each pickup
Pickup Toggle 3-way Pickup Toggle
Electronics and Wiring
Pre-amp / Buffer Yes (Requires 9V battery)
On Board Effects Loop (OBEL) Yes
Battery Box Yes (9V Battery Included)
Electronics and Wiring Notes OBEL is wired to use external FX pre-volume knob (requires split stereo Y-cable or junction box with stereo cable)
Output
Output Jack(s) One Mono and One OBEL Output
Output Jack(s) Notes Plugging a guitar cable into the mono output powers on the pre-amp
Other Specs
Guitar Strings D'Addario EXL 110 Nickel Wound 10-46
Dimensions 40" (h) x 13" (w) x 1.75" (d)
Weight Approximately 7 lbs
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