Lucem Guitars has launched the Silver Series, a more affordable alternative to its other hand-built custom guitars.
Lucem says that the guitar is a response to the “prohibitive” cost of their customs such as the Paradox or the Visceral. The Silver Series aims to widen the audience of Lucem guitars by offering their existing designs in a factory-built bolt-on configuration. The instruments are designed in the UK, and after being built in a South Korean factory receive a fret-dress and setup.
The first of the series is the Orthodox, based on Lucem’s Paradox, and has been designed in collaboration with Nick McCabe, ex-guitarist for The Verve. The Orthodox’s Alder body is fitted with two Kent Armstrong pickups: in the bridge, a 12-pole humbucker that can be split with the pull-pot volume control, while the neck pickup is a single coil. The bridge is a Tune-o-Matic hardtail.
The maple neck sports an ebony fretboard with dot inlays, and the design on the offset headstock is by Brian Cannon, the man behind iconic album covers such as What’s the Story (Morning Glory)? and Be Here Now, among many others.
The guitars will be made in small batch production runs with limited availability, listing for £999. More information at lucemguitars.co.uk.