Chapman Ghost Fret Standard Series in Black Blood
The Ghost Fret is the jewel in the already shiney Chapman crown. There really is nothing out there that can touch the Ghost Fret for looks and attitude. The Ebony fretboard gives your notes clarity and the smooth feeling neck makes going from lead to rhythm easy. The Chapman string-through hardtail bridge will make the body resonate more giving you more attack and more sustain and even better tuning stability.
The pickups on-board are 2 Chapman Primordial Zero humbuckers which were designed to give you a powerful, but clear sound. They can be used for every style of music from blues to classic rock to metal and beyond.
The Ghost Fret also has rolled fretboard edges which involves smoothing out any fret edges so that the instrument feels 'played in' even when it's brand new. This process makes the neck much more comfortable to hold and play.
History of the Chapman Guitars
Back in 2009 Rob Chapman came up with the idea of collaboratively designing a guitar with his YouTube fans – over 5000 fans took part in a series of votes to decide on body style, neck profile, headstock shape, pickups and colours, and the original ML-1 was born. Originally made in China & sold as a limited edition one of run in matt black, the ML-1 sold out within 2-3 months & left 100s of fans disappointed that they didn't get one. In 2010 Rob underwent the same process to design the ML-2 – a single cut, double humbucker guitar that again sold out within 2-3 weeks of arrival. In 2012 Rob decided to take the Chapman guitar brand up market, and moved the production to Korea.
The new factory introduced some new features, improved the build quality, and added new colours to the original ML designs. At the NAMM 2017 it was announced that the Chapman range would be split into 2. The Pro series are still built at the same factory in South Korea with a higher spec than before taking these instruments to new heights. And the Standard series guitars are built in Indonesia retaining the same ethos of the current Chapman range, though more affordable.
An easy way to tell the difference between the ranges is by looking at the fretboard. The standard range has got fretboard marker inlays along the fretboard, while the pro series does not.
Here's what Chapman say about the Ghost Fret
The Chapman Ghost Fret will haunt you in the soul until you give in to its seductive feel and ethereal tones.
Whether you choose the Black Blood or Lunar finish you'll be possessed by the deep wooden flame surrounding the searing, Primordial Zerø humbuckers like a stygian forest. It's not your fault that the Ghost Fret will hunt you down with its powerful tone, ebony fretboard and jumbo frets, like a caged, sonic, ancestral spirit. It's not your fault...
- Model: Ghost fret black blood
- Standard series
- Headstock: Straight guardian headstock
- Neck: Maple with satin finish
- Neck type: C shape set-through neck with velute
- Top: Flame maple veneer on flat top with gloss finish
- Body: Mahogany with gloss finish
- Body carves: Rear tummy cut, rear lower spoon cut, rear heel contour
- Fretboard: Ebony fretboard with rolled edges
- Binding: Reveal
- Frets: 22 jumbo nickel frets
- Fret markers: Pearl side dots and pearl front dot inlays
- 12th fret inlay: Pearl infinity
- Scale length: 629mm (~24.75")
- Tuners: Chapman classic closed (18:1 gearing)
- String nut: Graph tech black tusq xl nut
- Strings: D'addario nyxl nickel wound super light, 09-42
- Truss rod: Dual action
- Bridge: Chapman string-through hardtail
- Neck pickup: Chapman Primordial Zero humbucker, Magnet: alnico 5 output: 10k ohms
- Bridge pickup Chapman Primordial Zero humbucker, Magnet: alnico 5 output: 16.5k ohms
- Pickup switch: 3 way toggle switch with coil split on push-pull tone knob
- Controls: Master volume (500k), master tone with push-pull (500k)
- Strap buttons: Chapman classic strap buttons
- Case: Chapman deluxe gig bag
Next Delivery Due: Friday, 20 April 2018
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