The Step Sister is the mean girl in the family. She shares the same genes of the Little Sister design, built using the traditional techniques of the Golden Era of the electric lutherie, and as with the Little Sister, you can individually pick-up your favorite maple top from the wood stock, and then select the best-looking finish. But then the unique personality of the Step Sister comes out. The body shape is shortened, to join the neck at the 16th fret, and the fingerboard extends to 22 frets. The neck heel has been reshaped, for the easiest access up to the last fret. A nimble, agile, sleek machine.
Developed for the best playability, the Step Sister offers a wide range of options. She is available with the chambered body, or with a solid mahogany body, selected to weight just as much as the chambered one.
The solid body version gains attack and presence and cuts through the mix like no others. The headstock is available either solid or slotted, to suit your needs perfectly.
Because of the extended length of the fingerboard, the neck pickup is placed slightly closer to the bridge compared to a Little Sister. Therefore it delivers a brighter and more defined tone by itself, and a beautiful 'hollow' quality when paired with the bridge pickup. The pickup choice ranges from the P90s to the hum-canceling Kikbuckers, to the humbuckers, unpotted by default and lightly potted on demand.
The Step Sister is also enriched with the exclusive nickel-plated brass hardware, or optionally with the standard lacquered brass one. The sleek Step Sister can sound silky sweet or scream as a fast and powerful rock machine - if you will just dare so.
GOLDEN ERA LUTHERIE
B&G Private Build guitars are hand-built using the traditional techniques of the "golden era" of electric lutherie, delivering a vintage feel, look and sound right out of the case.
You get to pick your preferred maple top, the finish that best fits that individual top, and every other aspect of the guitar. Since the number of custom options can be overwhelming, Destroy All Guitars will gladly support you in choosing the right build specifications.
Glue is one of the critical elements in the building of a guitar. Traditional hide glue for the neck joint, fish glue for the frets and urea formaldehyde for the top all crystalize like glass when dry and create a substantially thinner layer between the different parts. These glues allow for optimal string energy transfer -- significantly better than modern synthetic glues can achieve.
Single rod, one-way truss-rods are lighter and require a smaller channel in the neck. This building technique also requires neck woods that are perfectly aged and accurate installation of the truss-rod. Private Build B&G guitars only use this specific truss-rod design for improved tone transfer and sustain.
The vintage recipe for the best looking, thinnest and most resonant finish, is still the best one. Nothing compares to an adequately sprayed and buffed traditional nitrocellulose lacquer, the only finish that ages together with the wood, becoming thinner over time, merging into the wood molecules and allowing them to vibrate freely.
Private Build pickups are developed and hand-wound in-house, to ensure that specific nuance of vintage tone. P90s, Kikbuckers or humbuckers either potted or unpotted based on AlNiCo magnets and 42AWG lacquered enamel copper wire are voiced to perfection. Even the brass cover is included in the tone equation and, together with all the other aspects, allows for the unparalleled airy warm and organic tone of a B&G guitar.
Brass is a beautiful metal for guitar hardware. It offers a great tranferring function of the entire frequency spectrum without sounding too metallic. This is the reason why B&G manufactures the bridge by milling a solid block of brass, yet another B&G exclusive feature.
The B&G solid brass tailpiece is built to resonate, delivering a world of overtones just like a natural reverb. A piece of jewelry conceived to look just as good as it sounds.
RULE OF 18
The vintage-sized frets are precisely installed on the fingerboard using the historic "rule of 18" (24-3/4 scale) to ensure the comfortable playability that only a vintage instrument is able to deliver.
The Step Sister is all about playability. While keeping the classic 24-3/4" scale length, the neck joins the body at the 16th fret and the fingerboard grows to 22 frets. Available in the Cutaway version only, it grants easy and comfortable access to the upper freets for the most advanced rock, jazz, fusion and blues playing styles.
The neck joint affects the access to the upper registers significantly. The Step Sister sports a neck heel that grants the maximum transfer function of the string vibrations while virtually disappearing under the hands of the player, allowing the most comfortable reach up to the 22nd fret.
Each B&G Private Build instrument needs time from start to finish. The guitar will need weeks to evolve from beginning the assembly of different wooden pieces to becoming a unique, vibrant, resonant entity. B&G instruments are built to last more than a lifetime; the 3 to 4 months needed to complete each one are definitely well worth the wait.
- Body thickness: 1.75" / 4.45cm
- Body length: 17.2" / 43.7cm
- Body width: 13" / 33cm
- Back wood: one-piece African mahogany
- Nut: TUSQ
- Scale length: 24 3/4"
- Fingerboard radius: 12"
- Neck joint: @ fret 16
- Neck wood: Honduran mahogany
- Fretwire: nickel-silver, width 0.080", crown 0.050"
- Inlay: pearloid
- Truss rod: traditional one-way, spoke wheel nut
- Tailpiece: solid brass B&G
- Bridge: B&G solid brass
- Pickguard: brass
- Tuning machines: Gotoh
- Strings: Ernie Ball 0.10-0.46
- Potentiometers: CTS 500k
- Toggle switch: Switchcraft 3-way
- Jack: Switchcraft
- Wiring: 50s style
- Total: 7.7 - 8.8 lbs / 3500-4000 gr
- Total: 38.9" / 987mm
- Orientation: left-handed, right-handed
- Construction: chambered, solid
- Top wood: figured maple, figured mahogany
- Brass hardware finish: nickel-plated, lacquered
- Neck thickness @ fret 1: standard 0.89", slim 0.86"
- Neck thickness @ fret 12: standard 0.98", slim 0.95"
- Fingerboard: pau ferro, ziricote, Indian rosewood
- Neck shape: B&G soft V, custom
- Headstock: solid, slotted
- Pickups: B&G hand-wound P90s, B&G hand-wound humbuckers, B&G hand-wound Kikbuckers
- Wax potting: unpotted, potted
- Control layout: switch-volume-tone (default), volume-volume-tone (by request)
- Finish: nitrocellulose gloss, nitrocellulose matte
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