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Stratus Natural Ash

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$555.00
Triple single coil solid body guitar with a built in unity gain buffer/pre-amp and On-Board Effects Loop (OBEL).

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

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

Replace the standard stock tuning machine heads with Schaller or Gotoh 6-inline, chrome tuning machine heads.
Schaller M6 Tuning Machine Heads on PHRED instruments Guitars

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Products specifications
Body
Body Style Solid Body
Body Wood Ash
Bridge Style Hardtail
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 Single Coil (2-wire)
Neck Pickup Color Black
Middle Pickup Style Single Coil (2-wire)
Middle Pickup Color Black
Bridge Pickup Style Single Coil (2-wire)
Bridge Pickup Color Black
Control Knobs and Toggles
Volume Knob(s) Master Volume Knob
Volume Knob(s) Notes Master volume knob is wired post-OBEL
Tone Knob(s) Master Tone Knob
Pickup Toggle Discrete Toggles
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" (h) x 13" (w) x 1.75" (d)
Weight Approximately 6 lbs
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The guitar was very well put together, and the set up was excellent.
I bought a Phred Stratus back in August of 2017, and wanted to give it a thorough test before writing a review.  First of all I should mention that I was a guitar and amplifier technician in Flagstaff Arizona for 10 years, so I do have experience in guitar construction and setups.  It only took  2 months after placing my order to receive the guitar, and it came to me well packaged.  The guitar was very well put together, and the set up was  excellent. The Stratus has 3 single coil pickups and the sound was better than I expected.  After playing my Stratus for about 2 mouths, I decided to convert the 3 single coils to a Dimarzio 111 in the neck, and a 104 in the middle and neck positions to give it more of a ”Tiger” sounding guitar.  I had several questions while I was converting this guitar, and  for every question I sent to Freddy Rose, I received answers back all within 24 hours.  All well constructed replies.  He was a huge help, even sending me parts to help in this guitar change.  I now have a Phred Stratus guitar that sounds a lot like Jerry’s Tiger.  I love this guitar, and the customer support is the best I have ever seen.  Hope to make it to the 2019 NAMM  Show so I can thank Freddy personally for the guitar and the personalized customer service that came with it!
by: Paul Webber | 3/29/2018 10:23 AM
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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.

This guitar is equipped with an On Board Effects Loop (OBEL).


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.

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

 

What is required to use the OBEL?

We recommend to use a junction box with a stereo 1/4" guitar cable to connect the guitar to a junction box (a stereo Y-cable can be used instead). A junction box looks like an effects pedal.  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.

Can an OBEL equipped guitar be plugged in like a standard electric guitar with one cable using just 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 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

 

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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Products specifications
Body
Body Style Solid Body
Body Wood Ash
Bridge Style Hardtail
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 Single Coil (2-wire)
Neck Pickup Color Black
Middle Pickup Style Single Coil (2-wire)
Middle Pickup Color Black
Bridge Pickup Style Single Coil (2-wire)
Bridge Pickup Color Black
Control Knobs and Toggles
Volume Knob(s) Master Volume Knob
Volume Knob(s) Notes Master volume knob is wired post-OBEL
Tone Knob(s) Master Tone Knob
Pickup Toggle Discrete Toggles
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" (h) x 13" (w) x 1.75" (d)
Weight Approximately 6 lbs
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