The Custom-Select System™ is our two-tiered customization platform. Like our guitars, we engineered the system to be simple and straightforward:
A foundation of ‘signature’ design elements and components which are standard to each and every Belltone®guitar that reflect and establish the brand persona.
A curated collection of unique selectable options that provide the opportunity for creative customization of the sound and look of the instrument.
Our take on the classic single cutaway. A ‘Pear’ shape profile with soft curves defines our Belltone® body design. Made of Alder wood for its tonal qualities and smooth fine grain.
flat top, top edge binding
body and arm contours, no binding
For fast and easy access to upper fingerboard
Maple wood with Deep ‘C’ profile or ’59 Roundback profile … 10 to 16 compound radius for ease of cording and soloing … 22 Med Jumbo Frets… GraphTech TUSQ XL nut
In line 6 tuner profile with truss rod access and black & white purfling edge trim detailing with Belltone® decal logo
Belltone®Lockers™ staggered height 18:1 ratio locking machine head tuners
Lightweight all-aluminum machine tooled with up-angled 3-way pickup switch for a more natural and smooth motion
True solid brass machine knurled knobs specifically engineered to be slightly taller than standard T-style dome knobs for a more solid grip and control
Lightweight all-aluminum machine tooled plate with vintage solid brass 3 saddles set up … updated with ‘swivel’ saddle lock features for more flexibility, accuracy and stability for intonation. The smooth, rounded ‘Devil’s Tail’ rear of the bridge provides a softer and more comfortable resting anchor for palm of the picking hand compared to traditional T-style stamped bridges
We exclusively use Emerson electronics featuring hand-selected, premium audio quality parts to achieve consistent & reliable tone … including our very own Emerson Pro pots which feature a ‘treble bleed’ taper for retaining high end frequency response that is unmatched. Each and every component is specifically selected to provide maximum clarity and performance from our pickups and controls
All Belltone® guitars come with standard ‘Filtertron’ pickup routs. This is for both the bridge and neck pickups. We offer a wide range of selectable filtertron sized pickup options that can cover everything from the traditional filtertron, original and modern gain PAF humbuckers, vintage P-90 growl, and classic and hot rodded single coil tones.
Taking our cues from the classics, our Belltone® pickguard is standard vintage-inspired design.
Our Belltone® custom-built hardshell wood cases have been designed to exclusively fit and protect our Belltone´guitars with molded foam body-hugging cushioning for maximum stability and security.
One of our primary objectives at Belltone®Guitars was to develop a specific finishing aesthetic that represented what we were looking for in a new guitar. We wanted to capture a more retro look and broken-in feel … a guitar having a softer and warmer persona … something in contrast to the high buffed gloss and bright shiny chrome that has been the status quo benchmark for most new electric guitars since their introduction. At the same time, we did not want to swing the pendulum in the opposite direction and go the faux relic and fake aged and distressed look, as being a new guitar brand, we felt it less than genuine. Our guitar bodies are finished with nitro lacquer and buffed to a soft-gloss shine … not too dull, not too bright. Our necks are also nitro lacquered and have a soft gloss, fastback finish for smooth, effortless movement up and down the fingerboard. The majority of our hardware and pickups have a duller, brushed nickel ‘Airstream’ finish. We believe that the combination of this approach works to reach our goal.
Select B-Classic One or B-Classic Two
(B-Classic One model only) … select cream or black
Select from a wide selection of solid and burst options
Select material/colors from WD Music or DecoBoom custom pickguards
Select Maple or Rosewood
Select either our standard ‘signature’ issue Belltone®Lockers™ or Sperzel staggered in line 6 locking tuners
*Sperzel locking staggered in – line 6
Manufactured in Nashville since 2014, StringJoy optimize their process for string performance, not manufacturing speed or labor efficiency. Making a Stringjoy string takes time … and their goal is to make only the best strings. We at Bellone® believe that StringJoy strings sound fuller, perform better, and last longer than anything else out there.
… three different gauges to choose from
*Stringjoy Signatures | Balanced Super Light Gauge (9-42) Nickel Wound Electric Guitar Strings
*Stringjoy Signatures | Balanced Super Light Plus Gauge (9.5-46) Nickel Wound Electric Guitar Strings
*Stringjoy Signatures | Balanced Light Gauge (10-48) Nickel Wound Electric Guitar Strings
Choose from our exclusive collection of tonal options based on our own Belltone® designs and those from our collaborative partnerships with US and International boutique pickup builders.
The classic ‘Tron’ reimagined with the increased clarity of a traditional filtertron but with more output, more mids, and overall greater punch. Housed in our exclusive hilo ‘open silver foil face’ casing.
All the mid tone growl and kick of a standard single coil P-90 but without the 60 cycle hum. Housed in our brushed nickel filtertron size casing.
Hot Rodded PAF humbucker tone with articulate bass, rich mids, and smooth highs. Housed in our exclusive Hilo ‘open silver foil face’ casing.
Vintage Strat single coil tone with slightly more output in our ‘noiseless’ stack format. Housed in our full open face filtertron size casing.
Like a classic filtertron character but with more attitude, the TV Classic Plus is wound with thinner gauge wire providing slightly rounder top-end and touch of more output. Many players desire a Filter’Tron that has “more” to it’s sound … this pickup fills that need very well.
The TV Jones Super’Tron is a replica of the original early 1960’s prototype design. It is basically a TV Classic with steel blades instead of pole screws and the resulting tone retains classic Filter’tron clarity, but with a bold and full broadband punch. The steel blades used in the Super’Tron provide a larger magnetized surface area producing greater inductance and you will notice a little more output and body with a slightly more accentuated lower-mid range. Warmer and less aggressive than the mid 1960’s Gretsch Super’Trons.
– Both pickups are housed in a vintage style hilo-tron ‘open face’ casing. They are offered in Black, Off White Parchment, and Red.
Captures the warm, clean, and smooth characteristics of the late 50’s, early 60’s PAF humbuckers with just a pinch more output. Housed in Benson’s retro dot mesh casing.
Classic 60’s Strat single coil tone with bell-like clarity and definition. Bright high end, smooth mids, and a balanced low end. Available in Black, White, and Brick.
All the refined brawn of the BBQ standard humbucker in a filtertron package. It is ‘hot’ but not a distortion pickup, just more muscle. Very different tonality than a standard vintage Filtertron pickup. If you’re looking for a direct traditional Filtertron replacement sound (sparkle/jangle), this isn’t the pickup for you. But if you are seeking a more aggressive mid soaked sonic approach that retains clarity and articulation, this is a great choice
Perfect partner to the BBQ Tron bridge pickup … Slightly less output but with great warmth and punch. Both pickups are available in Vintage White Pearl and Tortoise Shell open face format.
True untamed vintage single coil P-90 tone but in a Filtertron size casing. Played clean, they are clear, bright but with a somewhat rounded high end warmth, and when pushed hard, they rock & rage with a full, deep mid driven howl.
Utilizes Fender style Alnico 5 rod magnets for extra brightness and sparkle. Provides the classic single coil bell-like chime and articulation in a Filtertron® size P-90 style casing