Each signature element is custom-designed and custom made… all with a focus and commitment to the balance of both aesthetic form and optimun function. They define the essence of each and every Belltone®.
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. The finish profile we aspire to is more akin to a classic ‘closet-kept’ vintage guitar that has aged but has been well maintained over the years. Our guitar bodies are finished with a thin vintage nitro lacquer and buffed to a soft-gloss shine… not too dull, not too bright. Our necks are also finished with the same thin vintage nitro lacquer and have a smooth soft-gloss finish for 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.