Project Gator

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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 Hard Shell Case. Case dimensions are approximately 42"x15"x5".

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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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.


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.


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.


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 StyleSolid Body
Body WoodNorth American Ash
Bridge StyleKluson Harmonica Tune-o-matic Bridge
Stop Tailpiece StyleKluson J.G. Style Tailpiece
Neck WoodMaple
Fretboard WoodMaple
Frets22 Medium Jumbo
Scale Length25 1/2"
Fretboard Radius12 inch
Nut Width1 11/16"
Nut MaterialBone
Fretboard InlaysBlack Dot
Neck StabilizationDouble-Expanding Truss Rod
Tuning MachinesSchaller M6 Tuning Machines
Neck PickupDiMarzio Area 58 pickup
Neck Pickup ColorWhite
Middle PickupDiMarzio Area 58 pickup
Middle Pickup ColorWhite
Bridge PickupDiMarzio Area 58 pickup
Bridge Pickup ColorWhite
Control Knobs and Toggles
Volume Knob(s)Master Volume Knob
Tone Knob(s)Master Tone Knob
Pickup Toggle5-way Pickup Toggle
Electronics and Wiring
Pre-amp / BufferYes (Requires 9V battery)
Battery BoxYes (9V Battery Included)
Electronics and Wiring NotesBlaster is wired post-volume knob
Output Jack(s)One Mono Ouput Jack
Output Jack(s) NotesPlugging a guitar cable into the mono output powers on the blaster circuit
Other Specs
Guitar StringsD'Addario EXL 110 Nickel Wound 10-46
Dimensions40" (h) x 13" (w) x 1.75" (d)
WeightAbout 10.5 lbs
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Professional Setup and Feel

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Custom Builds for Left Handed Guitar Players

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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.

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.

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Return and Refund Policy

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