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Jack Rivers prototype electric guitar

Jack Rivers prototype electric guitar

This guitar is built by Japanese and Korea luthiers, it is with excellent quality and reasonable price. You can choose from all kinds of finish, wood and hardware. Left handed is also available!

This is a customized guitar, it was made according to our customer's requests, if you don't like the settings of this guitar, and want a personalized body shape, finish, logo, woods or hardware, please email us to place the order.


Jack Rivers prototype electric guitar






This instrument is a one-off Bigsby guitar and does not neatly fit into the category of "prototype," though that may indeed be what it is.

It is a lap-steel shaped instrument with a Spanish neck.  The pots are dated 1947, and has elements of it's construction that lead us to believe it was made before the Merle Travis guitar.  For those reasons, we will list it as the first Bigsby Spanish electric guitar.

The guitar belonged to a Western Swing musician in the Pacific Northwest named Jack Rivers, who spent a lot of time in Los Angeles recording and playing in the late 1940s, most of the time with his brother Texas Jim Lewis' band.  It is unknown if the guitar was actually made for Jack Rivers or if Jack Rivers bought it from Bigsby in the wake of interest after the Merle Travis guitar was completed.




Evidence that points to the Jack Rivers guitar being a 1947 instrument pre-dating the Merle Travis guitar:
1.The Pot Dates are from 1947.  This is not conclusive, as Bigsby could have used pots he had laying around in his shop.  The pot dates only mean that the guitar could not have been built earlier than 1947, but could have been built any time after 1947.
2.The three on a side headstock with 'custom made by Paul Bigsby' plaque instead of the famous 6-on-a-side Bigsby headstock.  This headstock was similar to the ones Bigsby was using on his lap steels around 1947-1948.  The small "custom made" plaque was identical to the one on the inside of Merle Travis' guitar case.

Why we built this Jack Rivers prototype electric guitar?


Reason 1: Build for our customers who order this Jack Rivers prototype electric guitar from us! 

Reason 2: The original Jack Rivers prototype electric Guitar is discontinued once and very expensive

Reason 3: Just Tribute to Jack Rivers . This beautiful collectible Jack Rivers prototype electric guitar is a MUST for all Jack Rivers prototype electric fans and music lovers! Great idea for gifts! 



Why buy this Jack Rivers prototype electric guitar for sale from us?


Jack Rivers prototype electric guitar for sale Specs



    Items Jack Rivers prototype electric guitar
Body wood Mahogany
Neck wood Maple 
Construction Set In
Fretboard Ebony
Inlays Like pic
Scale Length 25.5″
Frets 22
Pickups H/H
Controls 2 Volumes, 2 Tones, 3-way Toggle Switch
Bridge Like pic
Finish Like pic
String D'Addario
Hardware Chrome Hardware



Key point 1: Same


We built this Jack Rivers prototype electric guitar completely according to the guitar design drawing, to ensure the accuracy of the body shape, neck shape and other plates' shape on the Jack Rivers prototype electric guitar, as well as every part's position, not only by pictures in your hands, you also have to pay lots of attention to details and handle the details for a good luthier. We provide only the best quality of guitars to our customers. Every guitar is carefully handcrafted by talented artists to its supreme details. So the messenger guitar looks like the original.


Below are our basic pics of this  guitar, listed here for reference. 











Key point 2: Low Price


Our guitar  has very high cost performance ratio. All our guitars are 100% Hand-made by our highly skilled luthiers. And our price is only $300-$600only a quarter of other custom shop price or even cheaper. It is the lowest price you ever find to customize a guitar. Please contact us for the specific price to build the guitar .


Key point 3: High Quality


The best guitar deserve the best guitar stand! We provide the best quality of stand to enhance the beauty of the guitar  presentation. Every stands are made from high quality wood and metal to replicate the guitar  stand.  

We choose mahogany wood to make the body of this guitar ,and add a cat's eyes f hole, then put on smoothly polished maple neck, after the beautiful finish, it shows out just like the original. The whole work requests our technician carefully observe, integrated use variety of painting techniques to re-create it down to the last authentic details.


To satisfy our customers' requirments for the guitar shape, measurements and other details as well as possible, our professional guitar technique was the corner-stone of the success. Focus on the detail, carefully follow the original guitar, engraving and aquatint inch by inch, delicate paint finish, nomissing any details, we really spend lots of time on the guitar processing, so we can see this beautiful guitar  here.


More actual photos of the  guitar to show you the details



Key point 4: We can modify the parts you don't like on this  guitar.


As a professional guitar custom shop, we are able to make all kinds of guitars in any style.

You don't like the original guitar wood, Ok, let us change!

You don't like the original guitar set up, Ok, let us change!

You don't like the original guitar color, Ok, let us change!

You don't like the original guitar ........., Ok, let us change!


If you - our future customer like to customize a guitar with your personalized elements added, such as your autograph, or any other somethings you like, never hesitate to send us, we would like to make as you want!




Notice For All Buyers:
Thank you for your attention. Here are something you might want to know about this guitar.

1. This guitar is available in both right handed and left handed version. Even it is not showing in lefty version, we still able to customize this guitar in left handed for you. You just have to tell us when you place the order.

2. If you want to place the order, just send us email, we will help you to place your customize order.

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