We are incredibly proud to build Robert Fripps signature guitar. Where we differ from most guitar builders who are associated with such a luminary of the music world is that we very rarely build the same thing twice, even Roberts personal instruments have varied in spec over the years with the current version set to include the Ghost piezo and MIDI system built into a custom tremolo that we build in house at Crimson Guitars. Instead we use the as many of Roberts spec choices as our clients want and build them into a frame that is utterly bespoke, the neck shape, number of frets, type of hardware and electronics and even materials used are all customisable.
The body style tends to stay firmly in the Les Paul arena but even here there are changes made to accommodate different numbers of frets and the physique of the client. Roberts personal choice is the Hollowbody, a completely hollow Les Paul type guitar built along the lines of a traditional acoustic but keeping the carved top and feel he has grown used to in his long career, The second basic option we work from is a more modern ergonomic design with complete access to all the frets and a carved body to make for a supremely comfortable guitar that seems to fit like you were born with it.
This version of the Robert Fripp Slim was one of the first built using the fantastic Ghost MIDI and piezo systems, piezo saddles don’t work with the Kahler tremolos roller saddles and in this instance we’ve used the Wilkinson tremolo. The alloy vine inlay and ebony triple moon on the body combine with the choice of a locally grown elm top to create a unique custom guitar that we are tremendously proud of.
|2 piece mahogany body||mahogany multi-laminate neck||sperzel locking tuners||bespoke wizard humbucker at the bridge position|
|1 piece figured english elm top||deep set neck tenon design||wilkinson tremolo||dual rail single coil sized humbucker|
|high gloss lacquer finish||ebony fretboard||dual action truss rod||fernandes sustainer at the neck position|
|all access neck to body carve||22 small frets||chrome hardware||magnetic volume, tone and three way toggle|
|ergonomic body shaping||compound fretboard radius||ghost piezo saddles||middle pickup separate volume and on/off toggle|
|carved top||24.75″ scale length||scalloped bone nut||sustainer on/off, three-way mode selection toggle|
|multi-ply binding throughout||side dots only||ghost acoustiphonic and hexaphonic active preamps|
|slim neck carve||MIDI up/down switch, MIDI/mix/piezo toggle, MIDI volume.|
|Piezo/mix/magnetic switch, piezo volume, mid/dark switch|