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Hollowtop

The guitar world is full of reissues, clones, and relics.
Very few luthiers honor the rich legacy of American guitar-making and still bring something new to the conversation. This is exactly what the Hollowtop by Eben Cole accomplishes.

Featuring a stunning Blue Stained Pine body, a spruce-topped chambered neck pickup cavity (the “Hollowtop”), custom electronics, and nothing but the absolute best hardware, the Hollowtop series is guaranteed to inspire.

$2,395.00
For now, please contact scott@colemusic.co with inquiries.

The guitar world is full of reissues, clones, and relics.
Very few luthiers honor the rich legacy of American guitar-making and still bring something new to the conversation. This is exactly what the Hollowtop by Eben Cole accomplishes.

Featuring a stunning Blue Stained Pine body, a spruce-topped chambered neck pickup cavity (the “Hollowtop”), custom electronics, and nothing but the absolute best hardware, the Hollowtop series is guaranteed to inspire.

Handcrafted

Eben Cole is not a random factory somewhere overseas. Eben Cole is a second-generation luthier who builds guitars from scratch, by hand, like his father before him. We make our instruments the way Leo did in the 50's. No robots, no pre-finished bodies, no pre-built necks; just routers, rasps and sweat. We hand-select every piece of wood, use only the finest USA-made components and hardware, and never compromise quality for quantity.

Read more about our history


Woods

The body is hand-tooled out of Beetle Killed Blue Pine. This gorgeously figured tonewood is created when Pine Beetles and Blue Stain Fungi combine; the amount of color and figure in each guitar body will vary. This means every single guitar has its own unique visual character.

We exclusively use North American-grown tone woods, many of which are FSC certified. Together, these choice woods produce the most unique, beautifully voiced instruments, all without having to cut down trees in third world countries.


Pickups

Our pickups are custom made for us by our own Silverhand Pickup line. They are hand wound and spectacular. Each Hollowtop features a unique Tele-style bridge pickup of our own design and comes with two options for the neck.

It just so happens, the inspiration for the bridge pickup in a Hollowtop comes from a jewel in Eben's personal collection, a random ‘78 tele that came through the shop, and just sounded better than all the rest. It was a custom wound, one-off of unknown origin. Sometimes that’s just how things happen. We studied that pickup, and brought the best things it had going for it to life in our single coil we use in the bridge of all Hollowtop guitars. It's 41AWG wire, wrapped on alnico 5 magnets, reverse staggered on the pole pieces, and beautiful. 

  • Mini Link
    Based off our Silverhand Missing Link, but specially packaged in a mini casing for our Hollowtops. The Mini Link provides true single coil tone with some added beef and no hum. Delicious. The height of the pickup and the threaded magnets can be adjusted for bright and clean (standard setup) or reconfigured for a really fat, warm sounding pickup.
  • Mini Bird
    Half Firebird, Half Mini-Hum, the Mini Bird is unique. The top mini-humbucker coil has adjustable pole pieces, the bottom coil is covered like a traditional Firebird. The blend is perfectly balanced and super sweet.

Hardware

This isn’t your grandaddy’s hardware, son.
We use only the best, USA made parts, whenever we possibly can. 

WHO CARES ABOUT A POT?

We do. We tested them all and found the one that performs the absolute best in our opinion. There are a lot of "high end" guitars out there sporting 50 cent pots, this isn't one of them. Every little detail on a Hollowtop is about the tone, and there can be no weak links in that chain. We splurge on every little detail to make this guitar a performer through and through. 

Every component on the Hollowtop was chosen for a specific benefit. We take it so seriously, we designed our own pickups to get it just right. From the pickups, to the pots, even down to the solder we use, we have engineered the Hollowtop to be the most efficient medium for getting your music from your fingers to the amp.

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Specifications

  • Construction
    Solid Body With Large Hollowtop Resonance Chamber
  • Body
    i Blued Pine W/ Acoustic Grade Sika Spruce Tonewood Tops

    Blued Pine W/ Acoustic Grade Sika Spruce Tonewood Tops

    These bodies are extremely light. Pine Beetles and Blue Stain Fungi dictate the amount of color and figure in each guitar body. This means every guitar will have a unique visual character.

  • Neck
    i Roasted Curly Maple

    Roasted Curly Maple

    Neck Thickness: .88 @ 1st fret and .95 @ 12 fret

  • Fretboard
    i Roasted Curly Maple

    Roasted Curly Maple

    22 Frets; Our unique necks and fretboards are cut from the same piece of wood.

  • Finger Board Radius
    Radius @ 1st Fret Is 8"; 12th Fret Is 10"; 22nd Fret Is 12"
  • Scale Length
    25.5"
  • Nut
    1 11/16"
  • Neck Joint
    Bolt-on With Threaded Inserts
  • Frets
    i Medium Tall; 18% Nickel Silver; Crown: .048"; Width: .092"

    Medium Tall; 18% Nickel Silver; Crown: .048"; Width: .092"

    Frets are glued in to fill gap between fret tang and bottom of fret slot = better resonance.

  • Bridges
    i Callaham Vintage T Model Tele 3-Saddle Bridge

    Callaham Vintage T Model Tele 3-Saddle Bridge

    This bridge increases sustain, volume, and eliminates unwanted feedback problems associated with standard vintage Fender bridges. Most bridges are made from .045 - .050 inch thick 1010 steel that is soft and easy to form into the "tray shape". Those bridges have poor sustain and tend to cause feedback problems.

    The Callaham bridge is made from .075 inch thick 1018 specially treated steel. This gives the plate an 80% increase in rigidity and dramatically improves sustain, volume, and note separation. It eliminates unwanted feedback. There is a noticeable increase in bass response and a taming of harsh high end. The first 3/4 inch of the front lip is removed to allow for best right hand picking. Coupled with our machined compensated saddles makes this bridge the best available.

  • Pots
    i PEC Potentiometers 250k, Sealed Pots, Permenantly Lubricated, Ultra Smooth Taper

    PEC Potentiometers 250k, Sealed Pots, Permenantly Lubricated, Ultra Smooth Taper

    Precision Electronic Components (PEC) Potentiometers are very high quality components. Hot molded Carbon element, gold-plated terminals, 24mm potentiometer with stainless steel slotted solid shaft and one piece brass housing. Mechanical rotation: 300°, 1/4" shaft diameter, 3/8" bushing diameter, 3/8" shaft length, 1/4" bushing length. 1 watt.

  • Tuners
    i Grip Locks By Hipshot

    Grip Locks By Hipshot

    Grip-Lock Open Guitar Tuners by Hipshot take the chore out of string changes and increase your tuning stability at the same time.

    Instead of your old, time consuming string changing ritual, simply pull the string through the hole and tighten the thumbwheel. A small pin inside the string post will grip your string and lock it in place for worry free tuning! Featuring 18:1 tuning ratio for super fine adjustment.

  • String Trees
    Vinatage style.
  • Knobs
    Amp Style
  • Nut
    Bone
  • Dots
    1/4" Mother Of Pearl
  • Pickguard
    Triple-ply Black/white/black
  • Strap Buttons
    Dunlop Straplock
  • String Ferrules
    Flush Mount
  • Neckplate
    .090" Aluminum With Engraved Cole Music Co. Logo
  • Output jack
    Switchcraft 1/4"
  • Tone Cap
    i Musicap Usa .01 Microferad

    Musicap Usa .01 Microferad

    Film and Foil, USA made, audiophile quality. More info...

  • Bridge Pickup
    i 1978 Tele Clone, Mid Scooped Magnet Height

    1978 Tele Clone, Mid Scooped Magnet Height

    Warped top plate creates a mid scooped magnet structure with staggered magnet height

  • Guitar Finish
    i Nitro Cellulose

    Nitro Cellulose

    Thin finish, high gloss.

  • Wiring
    i Cloth

    Cloth

    Cloth is the vintage style wiring choice... as opposed to modern poly-insulated wire. We use EXL110BT. BT = balanced tension.

  • Strings
    i D'addario Exl110bt

    D'addario Exl110bt

    Balanced Tension strings, 10-46

  • Case
    i Tkl 8931: Professional End-bound Tele-style Guitar Case

    Tkl 8931: Professional End-bound Tele-style Guitar Case

    Multi-Ply, Hand-Laminated Wood Shell; Extra Heavy-Duty Durahyde™ Covering; Providence Forge® Steel-Plated Hardware; Comfort Grip™ Padded Handle; Custom Contoured, Thickly Padded, Soft Velour Interior; Spacious Accessory Compartment; Limited Lifetime Warranty

  • Solder
    i Cardas Quad Eutectic

    Cardas Quad Eutectic

    Premium grade solder engineered for joining connector to conductor. More info...

Neck Profile

Hollowtop Neck Profile