The Little Sister Private Build Proper Copper is an exclusive work of art and love conceived for the B&G fans and collectors. The most striking feature is obviously the exclusive finish: B&G has been experimenting with different, unorthodox finishes, looking for something that could really turn some heads while not being unnecessarily flashy, and that could retain the tonal properties of B&G's traditional painting. After observing the sparkling, glowing, almost 3D effect of the copper powder mixed with the nitro lacquer, they knew they had something special, to the point that they went for a full body and neck coating.
The final touch to achieve the unique look comes from the rose gold plating of the brass hardware; bridge, tailpiece, and pickups covers. The pickguard and the control plate are also hand engraved with a graceful floral pattern. Striving for the absolute best, the Little Sister Proper Copper features the traditional one-piece African mahogany and solid maple top for her chambered body, and one-piece Honduran mahogany for the neck. The fingerboard is made in ziricote, one of the absolute best looking and phenomenal sounding woods available today. A set of finely engraved Waverly tuners graces the headstock.
The Little Sister Proper Copper is available with your choice of P90s or Kikbuckers, in cutaway or non-cutaway versions, in a very limited run of 25 guitars only. Each Little Sister Proper Copper carries an engraved plate on the back side, with the serial number.
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.
The Little Sister design is a reinterpretation of the pre-war acoustics. B&G's goal was to create a classic yet fresh and unique instrument, as easy and cozy to play as those almost mythical guitars. Hence the neck joint at the 14th fret, the slotted headstock, and the classic non-cutaway body shape.
CHAMBERED LIGHTWEIGHT BODY
The carved, chambered body, in African mahogany, delivers unique acoustic features. It reaches a delicate balance between body resonance and resistance to feedback that delivers an organic, vocal quality to the sound, and an almost tactile, responsive playing feel. The guitar is by consequence feather-light, without any compromise on her stability and strength.
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.
NON-CUTAWAY VS. CUTAWAY
The Little Sister Non-Cutaway has a thicker body (2") to project a warmer, more acoustic tone. The cutaway version is thinner (1 3/4") and has a slightly more direct and focused, somehow more elctric tone.
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.
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.
- Construction: chambered
- Body thickness, cutaway: 1.75" / 4.45cm
- Body thickness, non-cutaway: 1.96" / 5cm
- Body length: 17.7" / 45cm
- Body width: 13" / 33cm
- Back wood: one-piece African mahogany
- Top wood: maple
- Nut: TUSQ
- Scale length: 24 3/4"
- Fingerboard radius: 12"
- Neck joint: @ fret 14
- Neck wood: Honduran mahogany
- Fingewrboard: ziricote
- Fretwire: nickel-silver, width 0.080", crown 0.050"
- Inlay: pearloid
- Truss rod: traditional one-way, spoke wheel nut
- Headstock: slotted peghead
- Tailpiece: solid brass B&G, rose gold plated
- Bridge: B&G solid brass ABR, rose gold plated
- Pickguard: brass, rose gold plated
- Tuning machines: Waverly
- Strings: Ernie Ball 0.10-0.46
- Potentiometers: CTS 500k
- Toggle switch: Switchcraft 3-way
- Jack: Switchcraft
- Wiring: 50s style
- Total, cutaway: 6.6 - 7.7 lbs / 3000-3500 gr
- Total, non-cutaway: 7.5 - 8.6 lbs / 3400-3900 gr
- Total: 37.52" / 953mm
- Orientation: left-handed, right-handed
- Shape: cutaway, non-cutaway
- Nut width: standard 1.68", wide 1.75"
- Neck thickness @ fret 1: standard 0.89", slim 0.86"
- Neck thickness @ fret 10: standard 0.96", slim 0.91"
- Neck shape: B&G soft V, custom
- Pickups: B&G hand-wound P90s, B&G hand-wound Kikbuckers
- Wax potting: unpotted, potted
- Control layout: switch-volume-tone (default), volume-volume-tone (by request)