The Admiral is Gray Guitars' take on the classic T-style instrument. With an iconic single-cut shape, this guitar takes the spirit of the original design but with the extra finesse you'd expect from a hand-crafted, British-made instrument.
Made from premium indigenous timbers sourced in the UK, this is a guitar truly flying the flag for the British Isles. With a set of high-quality Bare Knuckle pickups too, you can expect only the purest of tones.
The Admiral's body is formed from Horse Chestnut, a dense wood that ensures a full-bodied tone with plenty of clarity in the mid-range. Finished in a retro-inspired Trans Surf Blue, this instrument catches the essence of that vintage 60s aesthetic, with the grain of the body wood showing through in all of its beauty.
Joined with an Ash neck, the bolt-on construction will help in delivering a snappy response with plenty of attack and definition. With a Laburnum fretboard, this gorgeous wood not only looks incredible, but feels sleek and smooth under the fingers for exceptional playability. And with thumb-wheel truss-rod adjustment at the end of the fretboard is a great ergonomic feature of the neck, allowing you to easily refine your setup on-the-fly.
The "Slim D" neck profile offers superb comfort; thin enough to appeal to modern players but with enough chunk to satisfy the traditionalists. A compound radius fretboard is yet another excellent, high-end feature of this instrument. Rounded at the lower end of the neck to make chords easier to play, the fretboard flattens out in the higher register for unhindered lead playing. This also helps to prevent notes from fretting out when performing string bends, making it a very forward-thinking and practical design.
With both the body and neck covered with a nitro finish, this process hearkens back to the old-school methods of the 50s and 60s. Wearing away slowly over time, this guitar will age beautifully in years to come.
The neck's compound radius fretboard, as well as the slots for the frets and nut, are cut via a highly-precise PLEK machine. Although a lot of this instrument's charm comes from its hand-crafted construction, the use of a PLEK machine ensures laser-accurate measurements and consistency across the neck.
This gives you unparalleled intonation, with the machine also levelling and dressing the frets so that you can set the string action super-low, for ultimate feel and playability. Only a handful of premium high-end guitars in the world undergo this comprehensive process.
Exquisite tonewoods shouldn't be let down by poor electronics, which is why Gray Guitars have selected only the best pickups available from the UK. With a Bare Knuckle Cobra T in the bridge, this potent pickup provides that coveted T-style tone but with some extra punch and definition, capable of handling even high-gain. The Bare Knuckle HSP90 Nantucket in the neck position is equally as gnarly, with a tight and raw P90 tone that won't suffer from that typical neck pickup mud you'll find with most guitars.
With the pickup selector switch allowing you to isolate each of these pickups, thanks to the reverse-wound polarity of the neck P90, you'll essentially form a widely-spaced humbucker in the middle position. This ensures low-noise operation with overdrive, making it ideal for playing lead parts with in particular.
Gray Guitars is basically one person – Thomas Gray. Based in London, Tom has been making custom guitars for 10 years. Before becoming a full-time guitar luthier, Tom was a professional guitar player and music teacher, with a 1st Class Degree in Music.
In Tom's early life he was surrounded by musical influences, with his father Nigel producing the first three Police albums, as well working with Siouxsie & the Banshees and other well-known artists.
Prior to working with Andertons, Gray Guitars were only available via personal commissions & custom builds. Tom has made guitars for Graham Coxon, Tim Renwick, Lol Creme & Josh Smith. Tom met Lee Anderton in 2017 via their mutual friend Dan Steinhardt (of That Pedal Show), and they soon began talking about making a range of guitars for Andertons.
Lee was especially keen to know what could be made using only indigenous timbers from the UK. After many months of design discussions, including Tom building a custom guitar for Lee, we are proud to announce the new Gray Guitars Imperial range!
- Body: Horse Chestnut
- Neck: Ash
- Neck Shape: Slim D
- Fretboard Wood: Laburnum
- Fretboard: 9-12” Compound Radius
- Nut: Bone
- Scale length: 25.5”
- Finish: Nitro
Electronics & Hardware
- Bridge Pickup: Bare Knuckle Cobra T
- Neck Pickup: Bare Knuckle HSP90 Nantucket (Reverse-Wound, Reverse Polarity)
- Pots/Wiring: CTS Pots & CRL Switch
- Bridge: Mastery