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Project Gator

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$1,295.00
$1,495.00
The PHRED instruments Project Gator gets its inspiration from a classic guitar design, and one of the iconic guitars played by Jerry Garcia. The body features a triple single coil setup with a 5-way pickup toggle, main volume, main tone, and a blaster knob. Project Gator 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. Scroll down to the full description and specs for more information.

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

Upgrade from Schaller M6 tuners to Schaller M6 Locking tuners.

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

Upgrade the stock strap buttons to Schaller Strap Lock Buttons.

Replace the White 3-ply & Brass pickguard with a White 3-ply pickguard (White/Black/White).

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Body

The body features a triple single coil setup mounted in a custom plastic/brass pickguard made by AxetremeCreations.  A standard 5-way pickup toggle made by CRL allows for smooth pickup switching. There is one master volume, one tone knobs, and one blaster knob.  The blaster knob at the lowest setting provides subtle gain, and at the highest setting can push your amp to light distortion.  There is one 1/4" output jack recessed on the top of the body.  On the back of the guitar, there is a 9V battery box that powers the built-in blaster circuit. The harmonica style bridge and curved tailpiece are by Kluson. We offer an optional custom hard shell case to go with the Project Gator guitar.

Neck

The smooth satin finish maple bolt-on neck is attached to the body using 4 wood screws. 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 22 fret maple fretboard features 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 standard dot inlays.  At the top of the neck, you'll find a bone nut for good sustain.  The flat 6-inline signature headstock shape includes our widely recognizable 'ph' logo.  Under the fretboard is the adjustable double-expanding truss rod, keeping the neck stable in any climate.

Electronics

The electronics feature a CRL 5-way pickup toggle, CTS 250k Audio Taper pots for volume and tone knobs, a Blaster circuit by FuzzDog's Pedal Parts, and a 1/4" Switchcraft output jack. All wired together in our guitar workshop with vintage push back cloth wiring.

Pickups

The 3 pickups installed are DiMarzio Area 58 single coil pickups, designed to recreate the vintage tone of a 1958 single coil pickup, but with less magnetic pull and virtually no hum. As DiMarzio states, "A great pickup is clear and bright, but not thin-sounding. A great one makes the sound jump out of the amp when you pick hard and drop way down when you play softly, and the tone varies when the string is picked at different spots. The best pickup we’ve ever heard like this was from 1958, and that’s what inspired the Area 58™."

Additional Info

The guitar body, neck and bone nut are manufactured in China. The other parts are sourced locally and the guitar is assembled and setup in our Southern California workshop.

The white and brass pickguard includes the Alligator sticker, Harley Davidson sticker, and Policeman Helper sticker. Stickers are by AxetremeCreations.  The white 3-ply pickguard does not include the stickers mentioned above. 

Products specifications
Body
Body Style Solid Body
Body Wood Ash
Bridge Style Kluson Harmonica Tune-o-matic Bridge
Stop Tailpiece Style Kluson J.G. Style Tailpiece
Neck
Neck Wood Maple
Fretboard Wood Maple
Frets 22 Medium Jumbo
Scale Length 25 1/2"
Fretboard Radius 12 inch
Nut Width 1 11/16"
Nut Material Bone
Fretboard Inlays Black Dot
Neck Stabilization Double-Expanding Truss Rod
Headstock
Tuning Machines Schaller M6 Tuning Machines
Pickups
Neck Pickup DiMarzio Area 58 pickup
Neck Pickup Color White
Middle Pickup DiMarzio Area 58 pickup
Middle Pickup Color White
Bridge Pickup DiMarzio Area 58 pickup
Bridge Pickup Color White
Control Knobs and Toggles
Volume Knob(s) Master Volume Knob
Tone Knob(s) Master Tone Knob
Pickup Toggle 5-way Pickup Toggle
Electronics and Wiring
Pre-amp / Buffer Yes (Requires 9V battery)
Battery Box Yes (9V Battery Included)
Electronics and Wiring Notes Blaster is wired post-volume knob
Output
Output Jack(s) One Mono Ouput Jack
Output Jack(s) Notes Plugging a guitar cable into the mono output powers on the blaster circuit
Other Specs
Guitar Strings D'Addario EXL 110 Nickel Wound 10-46
Dimensions 40" (h) x 13" (w) x 1.75" (d)
Weight About 10.5 lbs
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Guitar setup

Professional Setup and Feel

To ensure that we deliver high quality playability and tone, one of our master guitar techs in the Los Angeles area meticulously inspects your guitar from headstock to the bottom strap button, and performs a setup to make your PHRED guitar feel comfortable to play. You can look forward to smooth level frets without any sharp edges, low string action, and adjusted intonation.  If you have a specific request for your guitar setup, just let us know.  All upgrade options are installed by our techs in Los Angeles while your guitar is getting a setup.

 

Satisfaction Guarantee

100% Satisfaction Guarantee

Purchase a PHRED guitar with peace of mind.  We believe the best way to try out a PHRED guitar is to play one in your own home with your amp and your effects pedals. To make that possible for you, your PHRED guitar includes a 21-day money back guarantee.  It's really simple.  If you are not happy with your PHRED guitar within 21 days from the date of delivery, you may return your guitar for a full refund (see below).

 

Left Handed guitars by PHRED instruments

Custom Builds for Left Handed Guitar Players

We do custom builds for left handed guitar players. In the Additional Notes text area above, just type in that you would like this guitar made left-handed.  There is no additional charge for left handed Phred guitars, but expect a 4-6 month build time. 

 

Shipping Options for PHRED guitars
Shipping Methods

If you live inside the continental USA, your guitar will ship via UPS Ground. If you live in Hawaii, your guitar will likely ship UPS 3 day. If you live outside of the USA, your guitar will likely ship via the United States Post Office. You may request FedEx shipping if you prefer FedEx delivery.

 

Package Tracking

Shipping Notification via Email

All guitars ship with a tracking number which will be emailed to you at the time of shipping. You will receive one email from PHRED instruments and possibly a second or third email from the shipping company and/or the place from which you purchased if it was other than the PHRED instruments website.

 

Phred International Shipping
International Shipping and Delivery Charges

Shipping charges are calculated at checkout for international shipping. If you live outside the USA, there may be additional import charges added at the time you receive your guitar. These charges are unknown to PHRED instruments, LLC, and will not be reimbursed by PHRED instruments, LLC.

 

Packaging without a Case
Packaging (without a hardshell case)

PHRED instruments guitars are placed inside a foam sleeve which is placed inside a corrugated guitar box with Styrofoam support for the guitar neck and bubble wrap around the bottom, top and sides of the guitar. The guitar box is sealed with clear tape and then wrapped with a second layer of corrugated cardboard and sealed with clear tape to add stability and strength to the shipping box.

 

Packaging with Case
Packaging (with a hardshell case)

PHRED instruments guitars are placed inside the hardshell case, the hardshell case is placed inside a plastic sleeve, and then placed inside a shipping box with cardboard end pieces, providing a protective air gap.

 


 

Return Guitar

Return and Refund Policy

We truly want you to be happy with your guitar purchase, but if you decide you'd like to return the guitar for any reason, please read below and contact us to initiate a return request.

Note: A full refund is the price you paid for your guitar plus the price you paid for shipping. Returns shipped from within the continental USA will be provided a pre-paid UPS ground shipping label upon request.

For returns shipped within the continental USA:

In order to receive a full refund for your purchase:

• Your guitar must be returned in the condition in which it was received
• Please reuse your original shipping box and packaging to return your guitar
• If the shipping box was damaged or the guitar appears to have been damaged in shipping, please notifiy UPS and contact us
• Your refund will be processed within 1-2 business days from the time your guitar is received and inspected

For returns shipped outside of the continental USA or returns past 21 days:

If your guitar was shipped to a location outside of the continental USA or if you would like to return your guitar after 21 days from delivery but within 30 days from the date of delivery, you may return your guitar for a refund of the price you paid for the guitar. Shipping charges will not be refunded and you will be responsible for the shipping charges to return the guitar.

In order to receive a refund for your purchase:

• Your guitar must be returned in the condition in which it was received
• Please reuse your original shipping box and packaging to return your guitar
• If the shipping box was damaged or the guitar appears to have been damaged in shipping, please notifiy UPS and contact us
• Your refund will be processed within 1-2 business days from the time your guitar is received and inspected

 

 

Damaged Package

What to do if there is Damaged upon Delivery

While it is extremely rare, there is a plan in place just in case things go wrong with the delivery. If your shipping box arrives with damage to the box (holes, tears, cuts, etc.), please take pictures of the box and email those photos to us. If possible, please also contact UPS (1-800-PICK-UPS) immediately to report it. If the guitar arrives with damage as well, please contact us immediately to arrange for a return request. We will need to setup a damage claim request with UPS and either tell UPS to pickup the package from your location, or have you return the package back to us.

Look for these 5 features on many PHRED instruments guitars.

 

 

 

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.

 

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Description

Body

The body features a triple single coil setup mounted in a custom plastic/brass pickguard made by AxetremeCreations.  A standard 5-way pickup toggle made by CRL allows for smooth pickup switching. There is one master volume, one tone knobs, and one blaster knob.  The blaster knob at the lowest setting provides subtle gain, and at the highest setting can push your amp to light distortion.  There is one 1/4" output jack recessed on the top of the body.  On the back of the guitar, there is a 9V battery box that powers the built-in blaster circuit. The harmonica style bridge and curved tailpiece are by Kluson. We offer an optional custom hard shell case to go with the Project Gator guitar.

Neck

The smooth satin finish maple bolt-on neck is attached to the body using 4 wood screws. 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 22 fret maple fretboard features 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 standard dot inlays.  At the top of the neck, you'll find a bone nut for good sustain.  The flat 6-inline signature headstock shape includes our widely recognizable 'ph' logo.  Under the fretboard is the adjustable double-expanding truss rod, keeping the neck stable in any climate.

Electronics

The electronics feature a CRL 5-way pickup toggle, CTS 250k Audio Taper pots for volume and tone knobs, a Blaster circuit by FuzzDog's Pedal Parts, and a 1/4" Switchcraft output jack. All wired together in our guitar workshop with vintage push back cloth wiring.

Pickups

The 3 pickups installed are DiMarzio Area 58 single coil pickups, designed to recreate the vintage tone of a 1958 single coil pickup, but with less magnetic pull and virtually no hum. As DiMarzio states, "A great pickup is clear and bright, but not thin-sounding. A great one makes the sound jump out of the amp when you pick hard and drop way down when you play softly, and the tone varies when the string is picked at different spots. The best pickup we’ve ever heard like this was from 1958, and that’s what inspired the Area 58™."

Additional Info

The guitar body, neck and bone nut are manufactured in China. The other parts are sourced locally and the guitar is assembled and setup in our Southern California workshop.

The white and brass pickguard includes the Alligator sticker, Harley Davidson sticker, and Policeman Helper sticker. Stickers are by AxetremeCreations.  The white 3-ply pickguard does not include the stickers mentioned above. 

Products specifications
Body
Body Style Solid Body
Body Wood Ash
Bridge Style Kluson Harmonica Tune-o-matic Bridge
Stop Tailpiece Style Kluson J.G. Style Tailpiece
Neck
Neck Wood Maple
Fretboard Wood Maple
Frets 22 Medium Jumbo
Scale Length 25 1/2"
Fretboard Radius 12 inch
Nut Width 1 11/16"
Nut Material Bone
Fretboard Inlays Black Dot
Neck Stabilization Double-Expanding Truss Rod
Headstock
Tuning Machines Schaller M6 Tuning Machines
Pickups
Neck Pickup DiMarzio Area 58 pickup
Neck Pickup Color White
Middle Pickup DiMarzio Area 58 pickup
Middle Pickup Color White
Bridge Pickup DiMarzio Area 58 pickup
Bridge Pickup Color White
Control Knobs and Toggles
Volume Knob(s) Master Volume Knob
Tone Knob(s) Master Tone Knob
Pickup Toggle 5-way Pickup Toggle
Electronics and Wiring
Pre-amp / Buffer Yes (Requires 9V battery)
Battery Box Yes (9V Battery Included)
Electronics and Wiring Notes Blaster is wired post-volume knob
Output
Output Jack(s) One Mono Ouput Jack
Output Jack(s) Notes Plugging a guitar cable into the mono output powers on the blaster circuit
Other Specs
Guitar Strings D'Addario EXL 110 Nickel Wound 10-46
Dimensions 40" (h) x 13" (w) x 1.75" (d)
Weight About 10.5 lbs
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