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DeadBolt Honey Brown

The PHRED instruments DeadBolt Honey Brown gets its inspiration from Steve Cripe's Lightning Bolt, one of the iconic guitars played by Jerry Garcia in the 1990s. 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! DeadBolt Honey Brown 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 along the edge of the fingerboard.

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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 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 or Gotoh, 3 per side, gold color tuning machine heads.

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 stock tune-o-matic bridge with one of the following options.
Gold Gotoh Bridge

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

pH Tailpiece

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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 3 discrete 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. The DeadBolt body shape can fit inside a form fitted stratocaster case, but we also offer a custom hard shell case to go with the DeadBolt.

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 rosewood 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 inch radius which is perfect for soloing and playing chords up and down the fretboard.  Topping off the fretboard are custom 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 is inspired by Cripe's headstock with some visual design changes.  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 Stabilization Double-Expanding Truss Rod
Headstock
Headstock Binding None
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 Discrete tone knob for each pickup
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 39" (h) x 12" (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
The neck's nice to play and frets are well finished.
Guitar arrived in one piece and first up I'd say I'm very pleased with it. Looks fantastic and I love the contouring to the body and the appearance of the timber and grain. The neck's nice to play and frets are well finished. Keeps tune well too.
by: Keith Hunter | Date: 7/25/2015 10:49 PM
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Pleasantly surprised
Given the price, I wasn't expecting the moon, but I really was pleasantly surprised when I took the guitar out of the box.  Beautiful finish and well made, and it has that distinctive sound I was hoping for.  No complaints here.
by: Guest | Date: 4/14/2017 5:30 AM
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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 Stabilization Double-Expanding Truss Rod
Headstock
Headstock Binding None
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 Discrete tone knob for each pickup
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 39" (h) x 12" (w) x 1.75" (d)
Weight Approximately 8 lbs
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