Macmull's S-Classic model offers superior build and master-grade wood and materials.
This model is based on the iconic models of the '50s and '60s, and features amazing playability and super light one-piece alder bodies. The neck is C-shaped with 9.5" radius, tall and narrow highly-polished frets, and Macmull's trademark headstock.
These guitars were made to give you an extra-dry tone with great punch, and the sharp attack of an old and well-worn instrument. A set of Macmull pickups, wound by hand, are matched to each guitar individually.
A lot of effort does in to to making this model sound truly vintage from the moment you pick it up. Prototypes were tried on stage at live gigs, sound was studied, and adjustments made, until the that perfect "old-school" feel was achieved. Now we are delivering that perfect sound to you!
Most will not admit it, but at Macmull the belief is that lighter wood is better sounding wood; more resonance, vibration, sharper attack, and perfect EQ right out of the box. They had to search for the lightest pieces of alder and ash. These are very risky to work with, since they are both very expensive and very dry. How light? Well, Macmull did something never done before - they use weight categories and weight limits. The lighter it is, the pricier it is; you can choose the right guitar for your needs and your budget.
Macmull has two weight groups: light and super-light. In the light group, you will not find a guitar weighing more than 3.4 kg (7.49 lbs). For the super-light group, Macmull offers an amazing 3.15 kg (6.94 lbs) limit. All Macmull guitar bodies are non-weight-relieved and made from alder or ash (old and kiln-dried).
Customers can choose between a "classic" two piece body or the sonicly rich one piece body.
All necks are made from premium-grade maple. Straight-grained and whiter pieces are selected and prefered for their sonic advantages. Rift sawn maple is recommended for its mellower vibe and vintage texture. Although, quarter sawn is also an option.
Each neck is reinforced with a retro-style single-action truss rod, just like they used to make them in the '50s. Most manufacturers use the double-action truss rod, even on vintage replicas, yet a single truss rod will give you a better neck-body resonance, and you'll be able to feel that difference playing the Heartbreaker unplugged.
The original and unique style of the headstock of the Heartbreaker is a real gem; a straight-line design that fits the simple, classic mojo with a retro look resembling an acoustic guitar headstock from the '30s, painted in black. Vintage tuners with white plastic buttons and a silk-printed gold logo blend into a classic and elegant design.
Macmull uses Madagascar rosewood boards that were cut in the '50s, and waited 60 years just to be on the Heartbreaker neck. Super light, dried, and beautifully grained, these are a top choice for Macmull over any other fingerboard material. Fingerboard radius is 9.5" for comfort, rolled edges for vintage feel and comfort, Dunlop 6105 frets, extra polished and rolled to perfection.
PICKUPS AND ELECTRONICS
These guitars were made to give you an extra dry tone with great punch and the sharp attack of an old worn and played instrument. A set of Macmull pickups, wound by hand, is matched to each guitar individually. Macmull decided to go with the Alnico 3 magnets to get that flat EQ sound they are famous for. Alnico 3 magnets are not as strong as the Alnico 2 and 5, and the result is a very unique-sounding pickup that will take you to that midrange era of tone.
All Macmull guitars come with CTS pots (highest grade) and Paper-In-Oil caps are standard in all Macmull guitars.
The Macmull team is very proud of their electronic assembly. They use only the highest-grade pots and caps, and push back cloth wire, making their electronic assembly pretty on the eyes AND the ears.
Pure nitrocellulose lacquer is one of the key factors for tone. Pure nitro takes more time to dry and is harder to work with, but when it comes to sound Macmull will not compromise. Available in all vintage colors from the '50s and '60s.
- Body material: lightweight alder
- Body binding: none
- Pickguard: 3 ply aged white
- Neck material: one piece premium maple
- Neck shape: oval C 60s
- Frets: 21, Dunlop 6105
- Fingerboard: old Madagascar rosewood
- Fingerboard radius: 9.5"
- Truss rod: single action, one way
- Dots: clay
- Nut: bone
- Scale length: 25.5"
- Tuners: 6 in-line, classic Gotoh Japan
- Bridge: vintage 6 screw, heavy block
- Knobs: classic aged white
- Strap button: vintage
- Pickups: Macmull Custom SCV-F set
- Pickup cover: aged white plastic
- Pots: CTS, 1 volume & 2 tone
- Caps: paper in oil
- Finish: nitrocellulose lacquer
- Case: Hiscox (G&G optional)
- Strings: D'addario .10 NYXL
- Strap: Macmull handmade leather
- S-Classic Light (under 7.6 lbs) w/ maple fingerboard: $4,500.00
- S-Classic Light (under 7.6 lbs) w/ Madagascar rosewood fingerboard: $4,800.00
- S-Classic Superlight (under 7.16 lbs) w/ maple fingerboard: $6,300.00
- S-Classic Superlight (under 7.16 lbs) w/ Madagascar rosewood fingerboard: $6,600.00