New Colors and Options
- Color Options See Through Blue, Red, Honey, Black, Green. Also Honey Matte with Maple fretboard
- We now also offer custom padded gig bags
- Coil split with floating tremolo
The Spade Black Clear H-S-H Tremolo is designed to embolden the modern guitarist and inspire creativity. The pickup arrangement of this spade black clear is a hybrid H-S-H that gives you many tonal options. We use our matched high gain Bootlegger 98 humbuckers with a single-coil in the middle position. The two humbuckers feature Coil Splitting (not coil taping)
Coil Splitting is a way to add another dimension of tone to your Royal, you can essentially double your tone. You can use this to “cut through” in a mix or in your band. You can use different combinations of the 3 pickups to develop your own unique sound. Coil Splitting splits a humbucker into a single-coil pickup. When you split two humbuckers you have a pair of single coils.
With our hybrid Spade Black Clear H-S-H set with the coil-split on you have three single-coil pickups. A humbucker that is split will not sound the same as a standard single-coil, so this adds a unique tone to your guitar. It cuts bass or beefiness and increases high-end. With the coil-split on and the volume increased playing through a good (our Blues 15/30 6L6 Tube) amp, you can get that Zeppelin sharp high gain tone.
About Spade Black
This Spade Black Clear is a full 25.5 scale 24 fret set neck performance guitar. At 5 pounds This Spade Black Clear is well suited for the traveling pro or the traveling enthusiast. All highest quality South Korean hardware and uses standard single ball strings. Our new Monorail bridge isolates each saddle/string so that it vibrates optimally, not allowing sympathetic vibration.
We use only the highest quality woods, three-piece maple neck-through construction body, swamp ash body wings, and beautiful high polished Brazilian Rosewood fretboard.
Comes with OHSC hard case ready for the road or overhead plane compartment. The Ace 4 string bass and Spade are designed by Bootlegger Guitar, and in the tradition of Bootlegger Guitar USA.
Specs of Spade Black Clear With Floating Tremolo HSH Pickups Coil Split
- Three piece hard Maple body
- Hard Swamp Ash wood body wings. 42mm body
- Finish see through Polyurethane
- Neck Through Construction
- Logo Bootlegger Whiskey Tattoo
- 3 piece maple neck through body set neck
- Neck Profile Oval
- Fingerboard Material Brazilian Rosewood
- Fingerboard Radius 13”
- Number of Frets 24 / Full Fret Access Design
- Scale 25.5
- Frets DHP – 24H / 2.7 mm silver nickel
- Nut Material Graphite White / Width Thick 3.4mm / Length 42mm
- Truss Rod Head Adjustment Location
- Inlays, White Pearl Bootlegger Whiskey Diamond
- Side Inlay Dots Black 1.5mm
Measurements of Spade Black Clear
- Width 42mm at zero fret (nut)
- Thick 21mm at zero fret, 23mm at 12th fret
- Radius Fretboard 13 inch
- Black finish
- Bridge & Tuners Alchemy Floating Tremolo with Monorail Bridge System
- Head Taesung HL
- Control Knobs Volume & Tone
- Knobs Black Aluminum
- Switch Tip Black
- Switch Washer Black
- Jack Plate LP Type Black 4 screw
- Bootlegger 98’s Humbuckers Alnico matched set modern wound
- Neck 7.50 ohm
- Bridge 8.40 ohm
- Single Coil 8 ohm
- Center positioned Bootlegger spec Single Coil
- Coil Split neck and bridge 98’s Humbuckers
- Controls 5 Way Toggle Switch
- Conductive shielding for hum noise and radio interference reduction
Strings & Set Up
- Strings. 009, .011, .016, .026, .036, .046
- Uses Standard Single Ball Strings
- String Setup 1mm
Miscellaneous of Spade Black Clear
- Size 30” long / 10” wide
- Guitar weight 5.5 pounds
- Guitar Measurements 30 inches long, 10 Inches Wide, 1 1/2 inches Thick.
- Case With Guitar Weight 12 Pounds
- Case Dimensions 33 Inches Long, 13 Inches Wide, 4 Inches Thick
- Case Bootlegger Tattoo Hard Shell Case
- Included Accessories Case Key & Related Truss Rod & Tuning Tools.
All hardware and pickups high-quality BHK Industries S. Korea. We design and build professional quality guitars and tube amps.
We have sold our guitars and our Tube amps to players all over the world.
Since the 80’s creative builders like Steinberger have challenged the standard by producing high-quality guitars without heads. This unconventional, but savvy design places all of the hardware in one location.
Having everything in one place eliminates the need for a nut, which is a boon for your open notes and intonation in general. Without that extra wood and hardware at the end of the neck, the balance of the guitar shifts to the body, alleviating the strain on your strap shoulder. Lighter, full scale, compact and works great as a travel bass.
Current headless builders such as Strandberg, Teuffel, Mayones, NS, Roehrs, Kiesel, Skervesen, and Carvin make high-end high-quality headless guitars. Now Bootlegger Guitar is introducing the new Spade Gen 2 and Ace 4 string bass, inspired by our original Spade six-string guitar.
A few notable headless players
- Eddie Van Halen
- Johnny Winter
- David Bowie
- Reeves Gabrels
- Lou Reed
- David Gilmour
- Greg Lake
- Don Felder
- 35/18/6 16lbs shipping
Recent Review Spade
The Spade Clear Honey arrived last night. WOW, what a Sweet Guitar. I compared it to Steinberger. No Comparison. Just has way more depth in every aspect. Thanks for the T-Shirt and keep up the good work. I wish all of you out there a safe and healthy future. Kind regards, Doug P
I received my guitar on Friday with no issues. This thing is amazing, it has exceeded my expectations and plays as good as it looks! She is proudly hanging out with her new family and currently getting all the attention.
Beast! No cons whatsoever!!!!!!!!!
A Few more spade reviews
I was looking for a good quality travel guitar that would not break the bank and came across a video review of the Bootlegger Spade 2 by a guy named the ‘Tone King’. I typically do a lot of research when looking at buying things, especially for something like a guitar, and knew there was a risk that what I saw on a video review would not translate to something I liked when I sat down to play it but was pleasantly surprised by the Spade 2. In fact, I’d say it’s pretty darn good for a reasonably priced travel guitar. I received it last week and sat on the couch playing a few blues scales and a little ‘Stormy Monday’ was pleased with the ease of playability and the tone I was able to achieve.
Great guitar!! UPS managed to bust off the selector switch, even though it was packed Extremely well. Sent a message to Chuck and he called almost immediately with multiple solutions to get this corrected. Since I’m good with a soldering iron, opted for him just to mail me a new switch. 2-minute fix. Great guitar and Great customer service, can’t beat that 🙂
It was great working with Chuck directly. He answered all my questions and I’m happy with my purchase.
Who-da-thunk! After playing for 50+ years, thought the Spade would be a good guitar to practice on, Yup, but actually, I’ll be using her life. Chuck gives a rather complete description of the pros and cons, but in reality, there are more pluses. Build quality is excellent, from the fretwork to the hardware. It’s really stable and didn’t take long to get used to the feel (gotta stop tryin’ to fine-tune the invisible tuners on the headstock though).
Only needed some minor setup tweaks right out of the box (neck was arrow straight, needed some relief for my style) Even though it has the “dime” pots, the cavity is shielded, the pups are well balanced, and can roar! As primarily a Strat player, love the scale on this, and the ability to get vintage bucker tones without switching guitars. Time will tell if it holds up to my abuse, but so far I’m very impressed. Some say it’s weird or ugly, but so am I. I anticipate a lot of questions when folks hear her.
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