Hand Made USA Guitar Series #3 – U.S. Masters Guitars

U.S. Masters LeGrand Guitar

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U.S. Masters Guitars

U.S. Masters LeGrand Guitar
The LeGrand

Continuing the barrage of articles that are our American hand-built guitars we’re gonna rap about U.S. Masters Guitars, a manufacturer found in the deepest, darkest recesses of Wisconsin.

For example.  While the LeGrand model is of the Strat variety, seamless improvements have been made giving the customer the option to get a Strat style guitar with two humbuckers and/or a Floyd Rose (check out an image here).  Granted it won’t sound like a Strat, but I don’t think that’s entirely the point.

In addition, using the LeGrand Legend as a specific example, you get a knob in place of the Strat’s typical second tone knob which actually acts as a toggle for the bridge pickup when you have the 5-way switch toggled to the neck and middle pickups.

On top of that the pickups are built by U.S. Masters as well, though it is worth mentioning that some models they offer DiMarzio pickups as well.

Curiously, though, none of the other models they have are readily as customizable as the LeGrand.

The Hornet (image), and Blackhawk (image), for example all fill in that Gibson-esque gap, but offer few deviations away from the cores that Gibson set in motion, so those alder SGs will have to wait.  Though depending on the model there are still certain things you can customize, like the pickups or the bridge if you wish to embrace the ways of the Floyd Rose.  At least on the Hornet you can.

U.S. Masters Sportster Guitar
The Sportster

The Sportster kinda sorta has a Les Paul look to it, but it deviates enough to be worth mentioning separately.  While the body is only available in mahogany, the neck is a maple bolt on and you get your pick of the litter on the fretboard between maple, pau ferro/rosewood, or ebony.

You can pick it up with a fixed bridge or one of two floating tremolos, one being a Floyd Rose model.  Your choice in pickups offers you multiple different options, some of which include pus/pull volume pots as coil taps for both pickups.

Of course they have a number of other selections available, which can be found at www.usmasters.com, and they’re certainly worth looking at if not to just see what they’ve got going on alone.

Customizations vary from model to another, but each does offer a good array of wood, electronics, hardware, and paint alternatives so you have plenty of elbow room to build the guitar of your dreams for sure.  There are a crap load of finish options as a matter of fact and while it might cost you, based off their pricing it wouldn’t vary much from some manufacturers that dish out about the same for things that fall off the factory line.

Side note that’s completely unrelated to everything.  There’s a giant spider on my wall that’s been turning in circles.

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Kyle Smitchens

Kyle Smitchens is the Guitar-Muse Managing Editor, super hero extraordinaire, and all around great guy. He has been playing guitar since his late teens and writing personal biographies almost as long. An appreciator of all music, his biggest influences include Tchaikovsky, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Steve Vai, Therion, and Jon Levasseur of Cryptopsy.

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