. . on the road or into clubs due to their increasing value. I decided to make a couple of guitars for myself that would meet my demands and try to match up with my trusty “Old Friends” that I had played for so many years. The results were my first Spirit Series Guitars. I feel that these guitars are the best of the best....Michael DeTemple
DeTemple Spirit '56 Stratocaster Guitar (2006)
Based on a 1956 vintage Fender Strat
Light weight, Swamp Ash body
Hand selected, quarter-sawn, Flame Maple neck
Specially designed, open-back tuning machines
Titanium parts for optimum sound & reduced weight, we are talking Titanium saddles, Titanium neck plate, Titanium truss rod, Titanium trim block
Custom designed "Sweet Spot" pickups
Handsome faux Tortoiseshell pick guard
Condition: Near Mint--- condition, we find 2 small finish checks on the neck
Custom DeTemple case included
Signature body contour: As graceful as the original ’50s guitars were the DeTemple ‘56™ has a slightly more ergonomically sculpted body contour, especially along the top edge. This contour gives the guitar a distinctly more comfortable feel. They have a longer, deeper body contour than traditional shaping for increased player comfort, tone and resonance.
Finish: Both the neck and body are finished in multiple micro-coats of hand-rubbed nitrocellulose lacquer -- thin and smoother than glass -- without that plastic feel of polyurethane and vinyl. Finishing typically requires two or three months, sometimes more depending upon the California climate, and how the nitro is setting up. Nitrocellulose lacquer, over time, becomes one with the wood as opposed to just a coating over it. A buffing wheel is not used, because hand-rubbing allows for more subtle working of the finish and results in a better overall feel.
Condition: Used, Near Mint--- condition, we find 2 small finish checks on the neck