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Liger

The PHRED instruments Liger gets its inspiration from Doug Irwin's Tiger guitar, one of the iconic guitars played by Jerry Garcia. The body features a triple humbucker setup mounted in a custom pickup plate, with discrete split coil switches and a 5-way pickup toggle for 14 different tone combinations! Liger 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.
ETA: Late summer 2017. Pre-Order now to reserve one from this current production run.
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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 jacks, and a CRL 5-way pickup lever switch.  In addition to upgrading your tone, you'll get smoother turning knobs and a more fluid pickup toggle selector.
USA Re-wire and Upgrade Electronics

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 DiMarzio Super 2 pickups, model DP104 with Four-conductor wiring, black color (other colors and covers may be requested for additional charge).
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DiMarzio Super 2 Pickups

Replaces the standard stock tuning machine heads with Schaller M6, 3 per side, tuning machine heads. Manufacture's Product Page

Schaller Gold Tuners

Our brass plates are made in the USA using a CNC machine, and are deburred to a smooth finish and buffed to a shine.  Choose to replace the stock pickup mounting ring, 5-way pickup toggle, output jacks, and truss rod cover with brass mounting plates.

Replace the standard stopbar tailpiece with our custom made pH Tailpiece.  Available in brass or chrome plated aluminum.

pH Tailpiece

We will affix the stickers to the guitar prior to shipping unless otherwise specified during checkout. Stickers are created by inlaystickers.com.
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Body
The contoured body features a triple humbucker setup mounted in a custom pickup plate, with discrete split coil switches and a 5-way pickup toggle for 14 different tone combinations! There is one master volume and 2 tone knobs, allowing you to dial in tone that goes from dark and muddy to crisp and bright.  There are two 1/4" output jacks on the top 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 large and 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 an optional custom hard shell case to go with the Liger guitar.

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.  The fretboard features a 12 degree radius which is perfect for soloing and playing chords up and down the fretboard.  Topping off the fretboard are custom pearloid inlays which are inspired by Doug Irwin's Tiger guitar fingerboard inlays.  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 3+3 headstock shape features colorful pearloid binding.  Under the fretboard is the adjustable double-expanding truss rod, keeping the neck stable in any climate.

Products specifications
Body
Body Style Solid Body
Body Wood Ash
Bridge Style Tune-o-matic
Stop Tailpiece Style 1950s style
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 Colorful Pearloid
Tuning Machines Unbranded House Brand
Pickups
Neck Pickup Style Humbucker (4-wire)
Neck Pickup Color Black
Neck Pickup Toggle Switch Mini Toggle (Series/Split Coil)
Middle Pickup Style Humbucker (4-wire)
Middle Pickup Color Black
Middle Pickup Toggle Switch Mini Toggle (Series/Split Coil)
Bridge Pickup Style Humbucker (4-wire)
Bridge Pickup Color Black
Bridge Pickup Toggle Switch Mini Toggle (Series/Split Coil)
Control Knobs and Toggles
Volume Knob(s) Master Volume Knob
Volume Knob(s) Notes Master volume knob is wired post-OBEL
Tone Knob(s) Multiple Tone Knobs
Tone Knob(s) Notes 2 Tone Knobs
Pickup Toggle 5-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 40.5" (h) x 13" (w) x 1.75" (d)
Weight Approximately 8 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
Overall, well worth the price.
Nice action. Lower than my Ibanez Artist and that feels like butter. Good intonation. Beautiful headstock even before the decal was added. Wonderful fretboard with smooth inlay. Ebony isn't expected at this price point. Nice upgrade to a bone nut over plastic BTW. Lightweight overall and a back saver. Big strap pegs, negating the need to install the gold schaller locks I bought for it in advance. Warm sound but still crisp with bridge pickup on. Clean, knot free mahogany. Nice high gloss finish. Quite electronics (no hum, no scratchy pots). Overall, well worth the price.
by: Tim Walters | Date: 12/27/2012 11:27 PM
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I was very happy knowing I may not need to change a thing.
From a 10 minute play on it I was impressed overall the stock tuning keys which seem to keep in tune and I am sure the pickups will sound good plugged in.  So I was very happy knowing I may not need to change a thing on it to use it for gigs as is. Also the fit and finish is very good.  It arrived without any scratches rubs or finish issues at all.  Now i just need to crank it up live for a real testdrive.
by: Bruce McElyea | Date: 1/30/2013 6:20 AM
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It sounds great, plays fantastically and looks like a million bucks.
I have had my Liger for a while now and I want to thank you for making such a great guitar. It sounds great, plays fantastically and looks like a million bucks.  Keep up the good work and thanks again.  A Wolph may be in my future!!
by: Chris Hall | Date: 7/2/2014 7:18 AM
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Whoever does the setup did a fantastic job.
Got my Liger yesterday, and I love it.  Whoever does the setup did a fantastic job, please convey my appreciation.  I'm looking forward to see what the Deadbolt is like. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
by: Peter Blanty | Date: 12/2/2014 7:40 AM
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Effects never sounded better.
Got the OBEL up and running after re-wiring my pedal tray.  Sounds awesome. Effects never sounded better, guitar is easy to play for a new instrument and very varied in terms of tones I can get.  Really happy so far, thanks.
by: Larry Brent | Date: 12/20/2014 11:37 AM
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After just two weeks, feels like I have been playing this forever.
I am blown away. After just two weeks, feels like I have been playing this forever.  The sounds I have always searched for in  my pedal effects are finally what I always wanted them to be. Years of tone frustration just washing away. I have a close friend who works in guitar retail, used to be in charge of vintage instruments for a major national chain in the NYC branch. He was amazed at how good the Liger feels and sounds un-amplified. He asked if paid $2,000 like it would have been a good deal at that price.
by: Larry Brent | Date: 1/10/2015 1:45 PM
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The OBEL loop works as advertised
I have been fiddling with the pickup configuration switches and tone controls today, possibly too many subtle differences for right now, the middle pickup seems dominant, and the OBEL loop works as advertised.  Fit and finish is quite nice, all frets are dressed, and I didn't get any buzzing on strings when I tuned down one step flat.
by: Steve Foley | Date: 3/15/2015 7:41 AM
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This is the best guitar that I have owned.
I waited until Tuesday morning to tune her up, and played scales for several hours; this morning the top two strings were a little flat, but that is not bad for new strings.  I have been fiddling with the pickup configuration switches and tone controls today, possibly too many subtle differences for right now, the middle pickup seems dominant, and the OBEL loop works as advertised.  Fit and finish is quite nice, all frets are dressed, and I didn't get any buzzing on strings when I tuned down one step flat.  Going to keep experimenting. This is the best guitar that I have owned.
by: Steve Foley | Date: 3/17/2015 6:49 AM
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Thanks again for an amazing instrument.
I just wanted to drop a line to say that the new Liger is a work of art!!! The set up is great, the fret action fantastic, and has just the attitude I was hoping for in the playing. It was worth all the waiting!!! Thanks again for an amazing instrument.
by: James Creely | Date: 4/20/2015 1:43 PM
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You have a good product...
You have a good product with good support and word got around.
by: Merle Neiman | Date: 6/3/2015 9:28 AM
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I'm so excited.
My guitar arrived and it looks beautiful!! I'm so excited. I'll be getting to know it tonight! Many thanks!
by: Greg Martin | Date: 8/15/2015 4:39 AM
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Totally worth the wait!
Got the Liger today. Totally worth the wait! Whoever is doing the fret work, give 'em a raise. Plays like butter.
by: Jared Kuhn | Date: 1/14/2016 6:36 AM
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I could not put it down for days.
I ordered this guitar essentially as a vanity piece. Loving the music of Jerry and the Grateful Dead I wanted something inspiring to look at and play when I was playing that music or had Jer in mind. I had seen positive reviews online in terms of playability and build so I thought it would be about on level with an Ibanez Artcore or similar Chinese import guitar (...which of course it is.) However, when the guitar arrived I was totally floored. I could not put it down for days. There were some minor finish irregularities as Fred had clearly shown and described. But the setup was so amazing, and the playability was so right on. The basic ingredients of a guitar like this are all there; The 25.5 in scale, the ebony fretboard. The high mass in the body and headstock. The neck joint, which is totally solid. All this got me much closer to the actual Jerry guitar sounds than I expected. So clear and with real pop if you dig in. (I got the Swamp Ash body option) And a very consistent sound and volume up and down the 24 frets, with lots of natural sustain. No dead spots. Not only that, so far I love the pickups. And the pots, switches and hardware are all totally solid. I'm not making any mods or changes for a while. I know I can't say this will be true of all of them, but for me this is a guitar that just sings. It's more than the sum of it's parts. I've spent a lot more on guitars that should have been better, but just didn't have ""IT."" For me this guitar has ""IT"" in spades. I'm not trying to say Jerry would come back from the dead and pick this guitar over Rosebud. But this is a dang good guitar in it's own right I personally like mine a LOT. Also importantly Fred is totally chill to do business with. No funny business, hidden costs or other weirdness. Which is easy to forget when it's not there. So I don't know how you did it, Fred but keep doing it!
by: David Sutton | Date: 3/22/2016 12:25 PM
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The ebony fretboard is amazing.
I'm not sure how to articulate just how impressed I am with my Liger. I am absolutely blown away by the value. The tone is phenomenal - I opted for the brass nut and a Super 2 in the middle position, but the stock pickups sound good as well. I have recently been playing a Strat into a Fender Twin which has allowed me to approximate a pretty decent Jerry tone, but plugging the Liger into my rig - without changing anything - brings me significantly closer, it's crazy. The ebony fretboard is amazing, the neck feels great, the guitar is heavy, solid, and balanced. Very impressed with the natural sustain and the tech who set it up is a straight up luthier, a pro - and it comes through. It's also gorgeous. The sculpted body is gorgeous. The stain is beautiful, with the wood grain really coming through. A weird comparison, but when you see someone that you thought was attractive in a picture anyways, but then you see them in person and they are even better looking? It's sort of like that. If you're on the fence go for it. I can't think of many other opportunities to get as good of a deal. It's a no brainer. Hats off to Freddy and his team for doing what I thought could never be done.
by: Ryan Simone | Date: 6/20/2016 11:32 AM
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It has a wonderful feel, action, and tone!
I just got my Liger delivered! What a beautiful guitar! I tuned it and played it for several minutes (in my office!) and can’t wait to plug in later! It has a wonderful feel, action, and tone! Thank you very much, I have a feeling I will be looking for a Deadbolt and/or Wolph soon!
by: Tim Gallegos | Date: 7/30/2016 8:30 AM
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I play without an amp often and every note rings like a bell.
This guitar is amazing. It has everything needed and it's controllable. I love the ergonomics and the neck is killer. It's as good as any guitar considering electronics can be changed to personalize ones preferences. I play without an amp often and every note rings like a bell. It's lively and even. This thing has soul and it's something lacking in a big part now even in the 10k guitars.
by: Bill Shafer | Date: 8/17/2016 10:34 AM
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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 Solid Body
Body Wood Ash
Bridge Style Tune-o-matic
Stop Tailpiece Style 1950s style
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 Colorful Pearloid
Tuning Machines Unbranded House Brand
Pickups
Neck Pickup Style Humbucker (4-wire)
Neck Pickup Color Black
Neck Pickup Toggle Switch Mini Toggle (Series/Split Coil)
Middle Pickup Style Humbucker (4-wire)
Middle Pickup Color Black
Middle Pickup Toggle Switch Mini Toggle (Series/Split Coil)
Bridge Pickup Style Humbucker (4-wire)
Bridge Pickup Color Black
Bridge Pickup Toggle Switch Mini Toggle (Series/Split Coil)
Control Knobs and Toggles
Volume Knob(s) Master Volume Knob
Volume Knob(s) Notes Master volume knob is wired post-OBEL
Tone Knob(s) Multiple Tone Knobs
Tone Knob(s) Notes 2 Tone Knobs
Pickup Toggle 5-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 40.5" (h) x 13" (w) x 1.75" (d)
Weight Approximately 8 lbs
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