Chapman ML-1 Hot Rod Electric Guitar


This Chapman ML1 takes the regular swamp ash model strips it back and loads it up with some incredible hardware. Fitted with a single Seymour Duncan JB Trembucker and a 1000 series Floyd Rose this guitar is a stripped back rock machine!


  • Two piece Swamp Ash body
  • Oiled finish
  • Seymour Duncan TB4 JB Trembucker in Zebra
  • 1000 series Floyd Rose locking trem
  • Includes hardcase

Inspired by the hot-rodded 'super-strats' of the 80s the Chapman ML-1 Hot Rod is a stripped back, no frills tone monster!

There are three fundamental important elements to any electric guitar: The body wood that resonates, the hardware that links the strings to the body and the pickup that turns the string vibrations into an electric signal. The Hot Rod focuses on those three areas and nothing else! The Swamp Ash body gives a rich but clear tone, the first choice for all super-strat instruments. The hardware is a 1000 series Floyd Rose trem system that not only ensures great sustain but also the lets you get creative with huge dive bombs and whammy effects all while maintaining tuning stability! And last but certainly not least the beast of a humbucker: Seymour Duncan's TB4 JB humbucker: one of the world's most-used, most highly-regarded humbuckers! N.B. This guitar no longer comes with the 35th anniversary JB humbucker as Seymour Duncan no longer produce it. The main difference between the TB4 and the 35th anniversary JB is that the 35th Anniversary pickup was standard spaced and the TB4 is Floyd-spaced which may yield a very subtle difference in the final tone.

Why only one pickup?

Rob and Lee were really inspired by Phil X who explained why all his signature guitars had only the bridge pickup. By only having one pickup you halve the number of magnets pulling on the strings which slightly improves sustain!

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