B&G guitars ooze class with their vintage styling and first-grade tonewoods. The Step Sister closely resembles the brand's flagship Little Sister model with its unique pre-war acoustic proportions, exotic aesthetics and traditional build. However, a 22-fret fingerboard (instead of just 20) gives the Step Sister an extended upper register, while a slightly shortened body allows its neck to join at the 16th fret (rather than the 14th) so that you can easily reach those extra frets.
The B&G Step Sister guitar is therefore a more contemporary take on the Litter Sister, with other notable tweaks including a conventional solid headstock shape (non-slotted) and an ergonomic, reshaped neck heel.
B&G Crossroads Series
B&G splits its guitar manufacturing between Israel and the Far East. The brand's 'Private Build' models are crafted in Tel Aviv, while their 'Crossroads' instruments are built in China and feature Korean electronics. B&G's Crossroads series guitars promise almost the same levels of feel, tone and finesse offered by their handmade Private Build models — but are just a fraction of the cost.
There are some subtle differences of course, but with any Crossroads guitar, you're still getting an exemplary instrument that will stand the test of time. In fact, B&G's Israeli luthiers have travelled several times to their Chinese factory and personally trained the builders there — to ensure that every detail of the product meets or exceeds their expectations. In B&G's own words: "great lutherie is not really about the country of manufacture, as some people seem to get hung up about. It is about building techniques, economic scale, and raw materials."
B&G's Private Build instruments are constructed using traditional methods, in order to capture the magic of vintage electric guitars made in the '50s — otherwise known as the "Golden Era". These older techniques are not suitable for mass production, but B&G has gone above and beyond to make sure that its Asian-made variant of the Step Sister is the best that it can be at its alluring price-point; using only the best modern building techniques possible.
High-quality materials are employed throughout, with a Mahogany body and neck, Mexican Royal Ebony (Katalox) fingerboard and a solid Figured Maple top. In order to keep the woods alive and resonant, B&G chose the thinnest modern finish available (UV) and even chambered the Step Sister's body for an organic, acoustic-like response that's resistant to feedback.
Proprietary Humbucking Pickups
B&G also puts tremendous effort into voicing its pickups — achieving a very careful balance between clarity and warmth, with sustain and overtones to spare. The pickups fitted in the Crossroads Step Sister models are wound to B&G's stringent specifications, and guarantee that the electric tone will blossom from the acoustic timbre — with great openness, unique touch sensitivity and wide dynamics.
This particular version of the Step Sister comes equipped with a pair of proprietary B&G-designed humbuckers. Thick lows, potent mids and smooth highs make these versatile pickups balanced all-rounders, with their medium outputs allowing for highly-expressive sounds rich in harmonic content.
- Back Wood: Mahogany
- Top Wood: Solid Figured Maple
- Construction: Chambered
- Body Thickness: 1.75" / 4.45cm
- Body Length: 17.2" / 43.7cm
- Body Width: 13" / 33cm
- Finish: UV-Cured Poly
- Neck Wood: One-Piece Mahogany
- Neck Shape: Soft V
- Neck Joint: Fret 16
- Scale Length: 24.75"
- Fingerboard: Mexican Royal Ebony (Katalox)
- Fingerboard Radius: 12"
- Fret Wire: Nickel Silver
- Fret 1 Thickness: 0.89" / 22.6mm
- Fret 12 Thickness: 0.98" / 24.9mm
- Inlays: Pearloid
- Nut: TUSQ
- Nut Width: 1.68" / 42.8mm Standard
- Headstock: Solid
- Truss Rod: Two-Way Spoke Wheel Nut
- Bridge: ABR, Nickel-Plated
- Tailpiece: Brass, Nickel-Plated
- Pickup Covers: Brass, Nickel-Plated
- Tuning Machines: Grover Open-Gear Tuners
- Pickups: B&G-Designed Humbuckers
- Potentiometers: Linear 500k
- Toggle Switch: 3-Way
- Strings: D'Addario 10-46
- Case: B&G Deluxe Gigbag