The PHRED instruments SB500 guitar is a set neck, double cut-away guitar that gets its inspiration from Jerry Garcia's Travis Bean TB500 guitar. The body features 3 P90 pickups, with discrete on/off switches. Our SB500 guitar 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. 

Specs and Pricing for the SB500 guitar are subject to change.

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Protect your guitar with a Hard Shell Case. 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 standard stock tuning machine heads with Schaller M6, 3 per side, chrome tuning machine heads.
Schaller M6 Tuning Machines

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The body features a triple P90 pickup setup, with discrete on-off toggles for each pickup.  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 is one 1/4" output jack and one OBEL I/O jack.  On the back of the guitar, there is a large and accessible electronics cavity and a 9V battery box that powers the internal pre-amp. 

The 5-ply neck is comprise of maple and walnut.  The neck will have a natural finish on the back (not painted silver).  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 ebony fingerboard has 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 a nice balance for playing chords up and down the fretboard.  Topping off the fretboard are traditional dot inlay.  At the top of the neck, you'll find a bone nut for good sustain. Under the fretboard is the adjustable double-expanding truss rod, keeping the neck stable in any climate.

Products specifications
Body Style Solid Body
Body Wood North American Ash
Bridge Style Hardtail
Neck Wood Maple
Fretboard Wood Rosewood
Frets 22 Medium Jumbo
Scale Length 25 1/2"
Fretboard Radius 12 inch
Nut Width 1 11/16"
Nut Material Bone
Fretboard Inlays White Dot
Neck Binding None
Neck Stabilization Double-Expanding Truss Rod
Headstock Binding None
Tuning Machines Unbranded House Brand
Neck Pickup P90
Neck Pickup Color White
Middle Pickup P90
Middle Pickup Color White
Bridge Pickup P90
Bridge Pickup Color White
Control Knobs and Toggles
Volume Knob(s) Master Volume Knob
Tone Knob(s) Multiple Tone Knobs
Tone Knob(s) Notes 2 Tone Knobs
Pickup Toggle Discrete Toggles
Electronics and Wiring
Battery Box Yes (9V Battery Included)
Output Jack(s) One Mono Ouput Jack
Other Specs
Guitar Strings D'Addario EXL 110 Nickel Wound 10-46
Dimensions TBD
Weight TBD
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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 purchased with this guitar 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 will make every effort to ensure that you are happy with your PHRED guitar when it arrives.  However, because our products are customized, all sales are final.  Our warranty outlines situations where we will honor an exchange.


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.




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.



Return Guitar

Return and Refund Policy

Purchase a PHRED guitar with peace of mind.  We will make every effort to ensure that you are happy with your PHRED guitar when it arrives.  However, because our products are customized, all sales are final.  Our warranty outlines situations where we will honor an exchange.

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How long does it take for a production run to be completed?

Usually it takes anywhere from 4-6 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. The time is takes to complete a production run is not the same as the time it will take to fulfill your pre-order.  Contact us to learn more about our production schedule and pre-order fulfillment times.


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.

In Stock

When your order is in stock, it means that your guitar is in stock at our shop, and is waiting to be queued up for a setup.

Getting Setup

When your order is in the getting setup queue, it means that we are working on setting up your guitar and installing any add-on upgrades.

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.
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