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Chapman ML1 Guitar

Chapman ML1 Guitar

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Chapman ML1 Guitar - Last few!!

We also have some B-Stock ML1 Guitars. Click here for more info.

Welcome to Chapman Guitars - the world's first guitar company where all the guitars are collaboratively designed by Rob Chapman and his 15,000 YouTube subscribers!

The ML1 was launched in 2009 after several months of YouTube videos, votes and forum posts. The YouTube subscribers asked for a traditional guitar shape, with super high quality tone woods and good quality hardware. The end result was a solid mahogany electric guitar with an ebony fret board and Wilkinson parts, with a deluxe gig bag, for the astonishingly low price of £299.

The initial batch of ML1's sold out pretty quickly and Chapman started to focus on a new guitar shape - the soon to be released ML2.

And then the factory that made the ML1 phoned and said "Hey - do you want some more ML1's?"

We initially said, no thanks, we're working on ML2 now. Then they said - how about if we make the price £199 - same spec, same gig bag - same everything.


Damn right we bought some more!

Compare the spec on this guitar to ANY OTHER GUITAR for £199 and we don't think you'll find better.

  • Body Wood: Solid Mahogany
  • Body Colour/Finish: Thru Black Satin
  • Neck Wood: Maple with Thin Lacquer
  • Neck Profile: Thin 'C' Contour
  • Neck Join: Bolt On
  • Fingerboard: Ebony
  • Fingerboard Inlays: "Infinity" Logo on 12th Fret
  • 22 Frets
  • Headstock: Reverse T Style
  • Nut: Bone Scale; 25.5"
  • Machineheads: Grover Rotomatic - 18:1 Ratio. BLACK
  • Bridge: Wilkinson Trem
  • Case: Monkeylord padded gig bag included


One of the specification requests that Rob had literally dozens of different suggestions for were the pickups. In the end, Rob decided to choose an inexpensive set of unbranded pickups to keep the cost of the ML1 down & give each owner the chance to change these pickups for whatever their preference is. However, in the end a lot of people have liked the unbranded pickups so much that they haven't bothered to change them!

Please note we are no longer offering free pickup fitting on the ML1, but please call us on 01483 456777 if you'd like a quote for fitting a new set of pickups to your ML1.

Please also be aware that the Chapman ML1 has a regular 3 piece mahogany body; not a 1-piece body as previously stated. The Chapman ML1 no longer comes with a scratchplate. We apologise for any confusion caused.

Worldwide Shipping

We can ship this guitar to customers worldwide. If your country is not in the drop down list on our checkout, please call us!

Neck Scalloping Prices

Want the fret board scalloped on your ML1? - We can do it!!

Top 4 frets £40
Top 12 frets £100
All 22 frets £200

Check out the pictures below for an example of an ML1 that has been scalloped by our in-house tech (click the pictures to enlarge). 

Want to know more?? Check out the Chappers Youtube site for more videos on the ML1 plus a whole load of other cool stuff!!

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Part Number: CHAPMANML1