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The Chapman ML1 CAP-10 is the first Chapman signature guitar to hit the Chapman range. The CAP-10 is a modified version of the popular ML1, based on the Captain's White Fender Strat. 

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We'll let the Captain tell you in his own words how this guitar came about...

"Hello All, It's the Captain here! I've been working with Rob on the Chapman range for nearly 3 years now, and we're both over the moon at the guitars we're building in Korea. We really are making professional affordable guitars that defy the price tag they come with. One day whilst noodling on an ML1 Rob suggested I make a version of the ML1 to my own spec rather than follow the usual collaborative design process. I wasn't sure that anyone would be that interested in a guitar that I designed/play, but I have had a few requests for more info on the modified Fender Strat that I use in a lot of videos, so I started thinking about how I could merge a Standard ML1 & my old Fender Strat into one guitar. The idea for the ML-1 CAP10 was born (by the way, the name CAP10 was Robs idea - I can't claim any credit for that!).

Now my Fender Strat has an unusual history - I bought it in parts from a guy who'd been messing with the Fender Custom Shop but had just never got around to finishing the project. For a start, my white Strat is actually made of mahogany - pretty unusual for a Fender, but this is what we already make the ML1 from, so I didn't need to change anything there. The neck profile on the ML1 is a little wider & flatter than my Strat, but after a few minutes on an ML1 I'm pretty used to it & I like the extra string spacing, so I didn't want to change that either. I decided to change the fretboard over to rosewood - I just like the tone & feel of rosewood, especially once its been played in a bit. So the ML-1 CAP10 has the same maple neck as the normal ML1, but with a rosewood board.

The one thing I really wanted to keep on the CAP10 was the HSH pickup selection with the 5 way blade - I just love the fatter neck sound of a humbucker. My Fender Strat has proper USA Seymour Duncans in it, and we toyed with the idea of putting either unbranded, or the cheaper Duncan Designed pickups in it (as you can see if you look closely at the picture above), but we finally decided that we should just load it with the exact same pickups that I have on my Strat. So, the CAP10 will now come with a USA set of Seymour Duncans - to be precise, a Jazz in the neck, an SSL1 in the middle & a JB at the bridge. The wiring will also coil tap the humbuckers in position 2 & 4, so it'll work exactly like my Strat does.

And lastly, we're down to the colour. Some of my older customers will remember that my Strat was originally green with a pearly scratchplate (Like Jeff Becks Strat) - it got pretty beaten up when I was gigging a lot. I didn't really like the way it was beaten up - it was more damage than nice ageing, so I decided to have the guitar refinished. I love the combination of an off white body with a tortoiseshell pick guard, so I got it re-sprayed & found this amazing Italian company making these really thick old fashioned fake tortoiseshell guards. I put it all together & I loved it. I've had the guitar for over 20 years now & its definately the one I'd run back into a burning house for. The guys in Korea sent me a bunch of different tortoiseshell pick guards & the one I chose had the closest swirl & colour to the one on my Strat (in fact, I think I like the scratch plate on the CAP10 even better than the one on my Strat now!). They also picked the perfect shade of white too! I hope you like the look of the CAP10 as much as I do!

The CAP10 may just be a one off run, or it may appear in the Chapman range more often if its popular. They come with the deluxe Chapman gig bag included in the price. I'll certainly post some more pictures of the next prototype I get - hopefully it won't need any changes.

Thats it for now - Captain Out."

CAP10 Official Specifications

  • Mahogany Body
  • Maple Neck with Rosewood board
  • 25.5" Scale Length
  • 13 3/4" Radius
  • HSH Seymour Duncan USA Pickups - Jazz, SSL1 & JB.
  • Wilkinson WVPCR Trem
  • Grover Tuners
  • Only available in white (right handed only)
  • Includes Deluxe Gig Bag


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    Anonymous review via Feefo | Purchase date: 06 August 2014

    intonation was not ok, had to bring it to the local guitar shop and spent 50€ - not amused - Tone knob was missing (two volume knobs) - reported this - promise to sent me tone knob - not received yet

    Anonymous review via Feefo | Purchase date: 21 April 2014

    Excellent after-sale service.

    Anonymous review via Feefo | Purchase date: 09 April 2014

    This is a terrific guitar very versatile, nice to play,has great sounds and looks fantastic, in my opinion has one of the nicest pick guards I have ever seen. Magnificent value.worth £499 of anyones money. If you have not tried one do yourself a favour and check it out.

    Anonymous review via Feefo | Purchase date: 10 March 2014

    Wow.. Just wow.

    Anonymous review via Feefo | Purchase date: 18 February 2014

    Really fast delivery and well packed. Thanks!

    Anonymous review via Feefo | Purchase date: 09 February 2014

    Excellent service. Thanks.

    Anonymous review via Feefo | Purchase date: 02 January 2014

    The CAP-10 is a great Stratocaster type guitar; vintage meets modern with a lovely mahogany body, fast neck, HSH layout with extremely versatile pickups & my preferred choice of extra jumbo frets! (br/) (br/)Previously not being the biggest Seymour Duncan fan, the set in this really surprised me, great clean sounds and plenty of punch for distortion. The middle position SSL-1 in particular has sparked my love for single coils; it has excellent clarity also adding it's sweet sound when paired with the bridge and neck in positions 2 & 4. (br/) (br/)The only thing I can fault with this guitar is that the volume pot is very resistant, I usually like it to glide so I can flick it up or down between playing etc. (br/) (br/)Overall I'm really happy with the CAP-10, it's a great addition to my collection and one of the best Strats I've played. (br/) (br/)Thanks Chapman Guitars!

    Anonymous review via Feefo | Purchase date: 20 November 2013

    Captain Lee has some very good taste in guitars! It arrived perfectly set up and without scratch or blemish!

    Anonymous review via Feefo | Purchase date: 01 November 2013

    nice guitar had to set up bridge and intonation but very pleased with feel and sounds.

    Steve | Purchase date: 24 July 2013

    I am delighted with my new Chapman ML-1 CAP10.

    The guitar looks fantastic and plays quite beautifully.

    The Duncan pick ups really sing, giving a nice range of full, rich humbucker sounds, together with the classic sounds expected from positions 2,3,4.

    You can tell the guitar is going to sound great before you plug in, the acoustic resonance is really vibrant, clear with nice sustain. The fit and finish is to a really good standard, great neck, nice set up. One minor issue: the 1st and 2nd strings don't run over centrally over the bridge pick up poles on my example (I have seen this on other Seymour Duncan equipped guitars but to a lesser extent).

    I think you could spend an awful lot more money and not find a guitar as good as the ML-1 CAP10

    Chapman Guitars deserve great credit

    Jef | Purchase date: 12 July 2013

    So I just got my CAP10.


    Build quality is on par with my top end PRS, Fenders & ESPs etc. First thing I noticed was its a great weight, nice and light, feels solid and quality control on fretwork, finish and setup are 10 out of 10. The frets are LOVELY on this instrument. It is punching well above its weight here. Some other well known US guitar companies based in Nashville could learn a thing or two from Chapman Guitars.

    Neck feels sublime as it is pretty much bare maple and the rosewood of the fretboard is very pretty (nice inlay work at the 12th fret too)

    No idea how Rob & Lee pulled this one off! The price is a steal and the guitar oozes class.

    Sound wise this guitar unplugged is loud, strong and very lively. This is a very resonant guitar and the hardware & woods chosen obviously helps with the overall sound.

    Setup out the box was good and the guitar was even in tune. I have just tweaked it to my own liking and am now off to go give it a good hard seeing to through some loud amps!

    So I will report back in a few days and let you know how i get on...

    Ashley | Purchase date: 25 June 2013

    Seen this guitar on the Andertons YouTube videos and had to have it.

    Love the HSH configuration, which I've never owned before.

    Handles everything from metal to cleans really really well.

    Very comfortable neck; smooth as a baby's bottom.

    Highly recommended.

    Tom | Purchase date: 10 June 2013

    This guitar is simply stunning at the price. Period.

    High quality components and materials that are put together well. With the Seymour Duncan pickups the quality tone and variability is amazing.

    Once I received the guitar, I spent £30 with my local guitar tech. He polished the frets, filed the tusq nut grooves to lower the action a bit at the neck, and changed the strings.

    The gig bag is good quality and better than my Fender gig bag.

    The combination of humbucker-single coil-humbucker gives this guitar huge variation in sound. If you're looking for a one size fits all guitar, but with a preference for rock/blues sound, I honestly believe you can't go wrong with a cap10.

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