The Series 2 Lucem Paradox has finally landed! This guitar builds on the previous Paradox deluxe model and incorporates the culmination of market research and customer feedback gathered over the last four years, since the inception of the Paradox.
Originally offered as a limited-run ‘Old Nick’ model conceived for, and with, revered ex-Verve guitarist Nick McCabe, the philosophy blending distinct retro styling and classic off-set design is further expanded upon with the addition of modern contemporary features, an even bigger specification and more custom options.
In this latest offering aimed towards the boutique market; it features highly figured tonewoods, two finish options, colour options, and an innovative 5 pot controls scheme.
21 different settings are accessible from the controls plate via push/pull pots including various combinations of coil splits, ‘series/parallel’ and ‘out of phase’. A fifth knob; a master volume control gives the player opportunity to create swells without effecting the balance set at the neck/bridge volume and tone controls - a feature introduced by McCabe for his trademark “pinkie rolls”.
The 'Black Flame' hand rubbed black dye finish is available in high-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer, or alternatively natural, satin oiled finish. Three colour options are available – natural ‘Black Flame’, Red Wine ‘Black Flame’ and Faded Blue Denim ‘Black Flame’.
Construction wise it is based around a one-piece quarter sawn maple through-neck format, this aids in transferring vibration evenly, across the whole frequency range, through the entire instrument. This helps increase sustain and eliminate dead spots. This also facilitates a virtually heel-less neck joint for unparalleled access to the upper registers.
In another interesting connection the Lucem logo; which will features on the new model has been designed by Brian Cannon from Microdot Creative; who was responsible for many iconic British album sleeve designs of the 1990’s.
Hand made in the English Lake District these instruments combine superior craftsmanship with innovative, left-field design, modern, high-end features and performance tied to a classic aesthetic.
Body: Black walnut core
Top: Master grade flamed maple (top and back)
Neck: One piece flamed, quarter sawn, master grade, roasted maple through-neck
Fretboard: Quarter sawn, master grade, roasted maple
Headstock overlay: Master grade flamed maple
Binding: Bound fretboard (flamed mape)
Inlay: black pearl dots
Finish: Hand rubbed black dye, finished in oil and wax
Hardware finish: Aged nickel
Scratch Plate: White acrylic tortoiseshell
Scale Length: 25.5”
Fretboard Radius: Custom Compound
Nut Width: 42mm
Frets: 24 Stainless steel
Bridge: Bigsby B5 with roller saddles, or Schroeder stop tail
Pickups: Splittable 12-pole Alnico 4 - Bare Knuckle 'The Mule' set
Tuners: Grover Rotomatics
Case: Swanflight full flight case
Controls scheme: 5 x 500k CTS pots, 1x volume, 1 x tone for each pickup, plus and independent master volume control. This scheme provides 21 possible combinations;
All controls in down position - normal LP type controls config.
Neck volume up - neck humbucker coil split.
Bridge volume up - bridge humbucker coil split.
Neck tone up - neck and bridge in series.
Bridge tone up - neck and bridge out of phase.
Master volume up – engages treble bleed circuit.
These instruments are built to order with an approximate wait time of 20 weeks. There are many custom options and upgrades available which can be discussed. A non-refundable pre-build deposit is required.