2012 James Trussart Steelcaster. Holey Front, Satin Black and Silver Engraved Skulls

The Blue Book Says:

JAMES TRUSSART CUSTOM GUITARS
Instruments currently built in Los Angeles, CA. Previously built in Paris, France.
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. For more information visit Trussart’s website or contact him directly.

James Trussart Says:

The SteelCaster has the look and feel of a vintage instrument with while also featuring the exclusive hollow steel body and custom metal appointments. The steel while also being the perfect medium to display the beautiful Trussart custom finishes also has tonal advantages. The Trussart SteelCaster tone is a uniquely annunciated sound that, combined with the resonant qualities of the hollow steel body can range from sweet, crystal clear tones to aggressive screaming lead tones. The construction of these instruments is only half of the story, the other half is the finish, every instrument comes with a history and a slight element of neglect, of decay, so it has a personality of it’s own.

The Trussart Steelcaster tone is a uniquely annunciated sound that, combined with the resonant qualities of the hollow steel body can range from sweet, crystal clear tones to aggressive screaming lead tones. The construction of these instruments is only half of the story, the other half is the finish, every instrument comes with a history and a slight element of neglect, of decay, so it has a personality of it’s own.

  • Body: Black On Steel w/Holey Top
  • Engraving: Skulls pickguard & headstock
  • Neck: Grey Tinted Maple
  • Fretboard: Grey Tinted Maple
  • Neck Profile: ’62 w/ 10″ radius
  • Nut Width: 1 5/8″
  • Scale: 25 1/2″
  • Frets: #6105 (narrow-tall)
  • Tuners: Kluson
  • Pickup: Arcane
  • Bridge: 3-Saddle Vintage
  • Finish: Black On Steel
  • Case: G&G

I say:

Simply incredible.  This guitar is in near perfect condition – just one minor dent on the rear of the guitar – as can be seen in the pictures, and some really, really  minor belt buckle marks.  Some wear on the bridge saddles – but that only adds to the  “vibe” of this model.  This guitar is still featured in James Trussart’s Gallery on his website.

This has an all Maple neck – and quite unusually it’s been stained grey to complement the colour of the body.  I’ve 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 thick 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 as gnarly as you like – 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.