What's It About?

The Custom-Select System™ is our two-tiered customization platform. Like our guitars, we engineered the system to be simple and straightforward:

Level One

A foundation of ‘signature’ design elements and components which are standard to each and every Belltone®guitar that reflect and establish the brand persona.

Level Two

A curated collection of unique selectable options that provide the opportunity for creative customization of the sound and look of the instrument.

Belltone® ‘Signature’ Features

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Body Shape

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.

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Models

B-Classic One
flat top, top edge binding

B-Classic Two
body and arm contours, no binding

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Tapered Neck Heel

For fast and easy access to upper fingerboard

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Neck

Maple wood with Deep ‘C’ profile … 10 to 16 compound radius for ease of cording and soloing … 22 Med Jumbo Frets… GraphTech TUSQ XL nut

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Headstock

In line 6 tuner profile with truss rod access and black & white purfling edge trim detailing with Belltone® decal logo

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Tuners

Belltone®Lockers™ staggered height 18:1 ratio locking machine head tuners

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"Dolphin Nose" Control Plate

Lightweight all-aluminum machine tooled with up-angled 3-way pickup switch for a more natural and smooth motion

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"Tall Boy" Reverse Dome Control Knobs

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

Devil’s Tail™ T-Style / Filtertron Bridge

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

Electronics

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

Pickup Format

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.

Pickguard

Taking our cues from the classics, our Belltone® pickguard is standard vintage-inspired design.

Hardshell Case

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.

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Finish Format

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.

CUSTOM-SELECT COMPONENTS

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Model

Select B-Classic One or B-Classic Two

Binding

(B-Classic One model only) … select cream or black

Colors

Select from a wide selection of solid and burst options

Pickguard

Select material/colors from WD Music or DecoBoom custom pickguards
*WD Music
*DecoBoom

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Neck Fingerboard

Select Maple or Rosewood

Tuners

Select either our standard ‘signature’ issue Belltone®Lockers™ or Sperzel staggered in line 6 locking tuners
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*Sperzel locking staggered in – line 6

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Strings

StringJoy Strings

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

Pickups

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.

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*Bell-Tron™

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.

*Bell-90™

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.

*Bell-Foil™

Hot Rodded PAF humbucker tone with articulate bass, rich mids, and smooth highs. Housed in our exclusive Hilo ‘open silver foil face’ casing.

*Single-Bell™

Vintage Strat single coil tone with slightly more output in our ‘noiseless’ stack format. Housed in our full open face filtertron size casing.

*Classic Plus-Bridge

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.

*SuperTron - Neck

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.

*Dot-Tron PAF

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.

*Single Tron

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.

*BBQ Tron - bridge

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

*Tex Tron - Neck

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.

*Mojo Tron-90

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.

*MojoTron® Single Coil

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

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