Rob Chapman of Chapman Guitars announced their new Special Run Series of four guitars to be displayed for the first time at NAMM 2014. The two six string guitars are modified models of the existing ML-1 and ML-2 guitars. They are also announcing their new seven string guitars in this Special Run for 2014.
The new ML-2 Classic (far right in the picture) is only available in the “Gold Top” finish and sports Seymour Duncan Zebra pattern Blues humbuckers (basically, hot rodded PAFs), mahogany body, a set maple neck with ebony fingerboard and “through the body” string anchoring. Standard on the Classic is a push-pull tone control that swaps the phase on the neck pickup (the “Peter Green” mod), instead of the coil splitting feature of the regular ML-2.
The ML-1 Hotrod (second from right) features a Seymour Duncan 35th Anniversary JB Humbucker and an Indonesian made Floyd Rose whammy bar on a swamp ash body, maple bolt-on neck with ebony fingerboard and jumbo frets and a simple volume control for full on performance.
The New ML-7T (second from the left) is equipped with the Chapman designed “Custom Pro Seven” humbuckers, a hard tail bridge and neck through body design. The maple neck has an ebony fingerboard, common to all Chapman guitars.
Last but not least is the ML-7S seven string. Tele style with classic good looks, the ML-3 has the same neck and pickups as the ML-7T but the body is swamp ash for that awesome look.
Rob is stoked to be going to NAMM for the first time this year and can’t wait to showcase these, and the rest of the Chapman line, for American guitarists. The seven string models are based on a collaborative design which was voted on by Chapman fans and fine tuned by Keith Merrow, now with Schecter.
Chapman plans to offer these in limited runs of less than 60 guitars from their Korean plant and, except for the Floyd on the Hotrod, all American hardware is the norm. All guitars come with signature hardshell cases. No word yet on US pricing.
For more info: Chapman Guitars. Also, watch the video. It’s really good.