The Tulsa model is a perfect blend of long scale shimmer and short scale grunt. Jol envisioned a guitar that would be comfortable to play for Tele and Strat lovers who wanted a little of that Les Paul muscle without sacrificing their rhythm sound. For Gibson players, the Tulsa will step your tone into new areas and still feel like an old friend. Standard inlays are your choice of 12th fret, seven piece pearl and abalone "claw" or pearl dots. Available with a wide variety of options.
ABOUT THIS GUITAR
This Tulsa features a light weight, chambered body of white African limba (AKA korina) with a stunning curly maple top. Both top and back have been contoured in the traditional German-carve manner, making the instrument extra comfortable to hold. The body is chambered and is extremely resonant. The matching limba neck is carved in a stout, yet friendly "C" shaped vintage carve recalling the bursts of the 1950s. Dantzig guitars utilize a low-mass single carbon steel truss rod that is pre-stressed to allow both forward and backward adjustment without resorting to tone-robbing double rods.
The fretboard is old-growth Brazilian rosewood from Jol Dantzig's decades-old stash and is fretted with 22 medium oval nickel silver frets in what Jol describes as a "compensated" 25.5" scale. Rather than merely copying vintage practices, this fret scale is adjusted for current string manufacturing techniques, and the resulting intonation is perfect for the modern player. Radius is a comfortable 12". Inlays are mother of pearl dots, with a seven piece abalone and pearl "claw" inlay marking the 12th fret. Side markers are genuine mother of pearl as well.
Pickups are vintage style low-wind humbuckers from John Grail. These extremely hard to obtain pickups are uncommonly clear and articulate for humbuckers. The middle position tones are bell-like and clear, recalling the Mike Bloomfield "super session" tones.
This lightweight and resonant instrument employs a medium weight wraparound bridge made in the USA for Dantzig. The hex-key locking studs (also USA made) transmit vibration to the guitar's body with striking efficiency, allowing notes to jump out clearly and sustain readily. You will be amazed by the clarity of each note in chords, and surprised by the amplitude of the high E string as well.
Controls are the classic 2 volume, 2 tone (which Dantzig refers to as a contour controls). Combined with a passive treble bleed circuit for each pickup, the 500k and 250k Bournes pots give a surprising amount of control and variety of tone. The Switchcraft 3-way toggle is placed easily at hand. Tone caps are paper in oil manufactured by Jensen for Angela Instruments.
All hardware is finished nickel, including the vintage style Kluson tuners, and Straplock-compatible strap buttons. The headstock headplate is ebony with matte nickel inlet logo and monogram.
This Tulsa is finished in a deep blood red color lacquer. Jol has expressed a distaste for glossy bowling ball finishes that are akin to kitchen appliances. Therefore the entire instrument is finished in low-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer that is warm and friendly to the touch. Rather than machine-buffed, every Dantzig guitar is hand rubbed in a French polish style. The resulting feel is reminiscent of vintage instruments, without resorting to relicing techniques. The goal is a new guitar that feels like a fine musical instrument (not a toaster!).
- Serial #: 70106
- Finish: low gloss "violin" nitro
- Color: blood red
- Body: white African limba (korina)
- Neck: white African limba (korina)
- Top: bookmatched curly maple, German carve
- Back: 2 piece figured limba (korina), German carve
- Scale length: compensated 25.5"
- Fingerboard: Brazilian rosewood
- Fingerboard radius: 12"
- Frets: wide oval Jescar, .050"x.090"
- Inlay: pearl dots, 7 piece abalone and pearl "claw" @ 12th fret
- Neck shape: vintage C shape
- Nut: bone
- Headplate: ebony
- Logo/monogram: matte nickel inlet
- Tuners: Kluson keystone nickel
- Pickguard: NA
- Pickups: John Grail Grailbuckers, lo-wind
- Bridge: low mass aluminum w/locking studs
- Tailpiece: NA
- Strap buttons: Straplock
- Controls: 2 volume, 2 tone contour, 3-way Switchcraft toggle
- Potentiometers: Bournes
- Capacitors: Jensen made Angela paper in oil
- Case: custom alligator