2010 James Trussart USA Rustomatic Steelcaster Holey Back Gator apparel….

French luthier James Trussart was a custom electric guitar builder who began building in 1980, and rose to some notice during the 1980s in Paris (the “James Trussart Guitar Station” was the name of Trussart’s shop). Trussart has created instruments for both Eric Clapton and bassist Nathan East.

Trussart’s creations feature steel bodies, engraved metal tops and headstocks, for finishes: “Rust O Matic,” Patinas, and distressed paint. General designs are based on popular American designs such as the Telecaster, Stratocaster, and Les Paul. Trussart then adds his own twists and features to the model. Some models include the Steelcaster, Steel Deville, and Steel Top. Prices start between $4,000 and $5,000 plus options.


James Trussart Steelcaster

  • Rustomatic SteelCaster
  • Perforated Back
  • Gator rusted Top, Pickguard, and Headcap
  • Maple Neck
  • Arcane Inc. Tele Bridge and Humbucker Neck Pickups
  • 3 saddle vintage bridge.

Simply incredible.  This guitar is in near perfect condition if you can call a rusty piece of metal near perfect!

This has an all Maple neck – which is not something that I thought James Trussart did – but that might be just me 🙁  Never really been a fan of all maple necks – until this evening! – the quality of finishing on the neck is just superb.  rolled edges make it feel like it’s been played for years.  The sound from the neck pickup is this and muscular – but the body does add upper mids that makes it brighter than a typical – say – Les Paul HB.  The single coil bridge is biting and can be really gnarly – but the tone control does an excellent job of taming it without castrating it!  These are about $5500 from James Trussart – plus say $250 shipping, then add 20% customs and we roll in at $6900 about £4200….  …..you do the math.