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Hollowtop

The Hollowtop by Eben Cole honors the rich legacy of American guitar-making and brings something new to the conversation.

Featuring a stunning Blue Stained Pine body, a resonant spruce-topped neck pickup chamber, custom electronics, and nothing but the absolute best hardware, the Hollowtop is guaranteed to inspire.

Hollowtop guitars are handmade at our Spokane workshop in batches of ten every three to six months. We only take pre-sales and reservations on guitars that are currently in production. To order one of the next batch of ten, you can pre-purchase now and we will contact you with an estimated delivery date.

For Deposit Orders: You can select "Deposit Only" for the bridge and pickup options below to pay a $500 deposit today. We'll contact you right away to find out the details you're looking for and then arrange for the final purchase right before your Hollowtop ships.

The current batch in production will ship in August of 2018.  

$4,200.00

The Hollowtop by Eben Cole honors the rich legacy of American guitar-making and brings something new to the conversation.

Featuring a stunning Blue Stained Pine body, a resonant spruce-topped neck pickup chamber, custom electronics, and nothing but the absolute best hardware, the Hollowtop is guaranteed to inspire.

Hollowtop guitars are handmade at our Spokane workshop in batches of ten every three to six months. We only take pre-sales and reservations on guitars that are currently in production. To order one of the next batch of ten, you can pre-purchase now and we will contact you with an estimated delivery date.

For Deposit Orders: You can select "Deposit Only" for the bridge and pickup options below to pay a $500 deposit today. We'll contact you right away to find out the details you're looking for and then arrange for the final purchase right before your Hollowtop ships.

The current batch in production will ship in August of 2018.  

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, and beautiful. Learn More.

  • 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.

Compare Pickup Tones


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 SADDLE?

We do. After trying “the best of the best” of boutique Tele style bridges, we still could not find what we were looking for, so we resolved to design our own. Our bridges are heavy weight, have custom cutouts to facilitate picking over the bridge, are perfectly flat, and most importantly...the three compensated saddles intonate perfectly.

Every component on the Hollowtop was chosen for a specific benefit to the overall tone. 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.

Read more about our specifications

 


Specifications

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

    Blued Pine W/ Acoustic Grade Sitka 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 batch of wood. This ensures they were cured at the same rate, so they will marry and age together perfectly.

    Solder for Electric Guitar
  • Finger Board Radius
    Cole Music Co. necks have a compound radius. The radius @ 1st Fret is 10”; 12th 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 Custom Tele-Style 3-Saddle Bridge

    Custom Tele-Style 3-Saddle Bridge

    The Cole Music Co. Offset T-Style 3-Saddle Bridge is manufactured especially for us in Nashville, TN. Our bridges are made of thick .060 nickel plated steel for excellent tone, sustain, and note separation.

    Our bridge comes equipped with compensated brass saddles and a unique scoop on both sides, for the most flexible finger picking and strumming playability possible.

    On the Hollowtop, our custom bridges are also bolted into threaded inserts, instead of being attached with standard wood screws.

    Custom Cole Guitar Bridge
  • Pots
    i Bourns Model 95 Premium Guitar Potentiometer

    Bourns Model 95 Premium Guitar Potentiometer

    Premium guitar pots with long-life and extremely low noise. Conductive polymer element, with low roll-on, low noise, and long rotational life. 1/4" Knurled Split Shaft, 3/8" Bushing Width, and 3/8" Bushing Length. Tolerance: ±20%, very low noise, power rating: 0.25 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.

    Hipshot Guitar Tuners
  • 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
    Nickel Plated With Engraved Cole Music Co. Logo
  • Output jack
    Switchcraft 1/4"
  • Tone Cap
    .01 Microferad Paper and Oil Capacitor
  • Bridge Pickup
    i Silver Hand Pickups '78 Tele Clone by Cole Music Co.

    Silver Hand Pickups '78 Tele Clone by Cole Music Co.

    Get more info here.

  • Guitar Finish
    i High Gloss Lacquer Finish

    High Gloss Lacquer

    Thin finish, high gloss.

  • Wiring
    i Cloth

    Cloth

    Cloth is the vintage style wiring choice... as opposed to modern poly-insulated wire.

  • Strings
    i D'addario Exl110bt
    Electric Guitar Strings

    D'addario Exl110bt

    "D'Addario EXL110BT Balanced Tension electric guitar sets are comprised of mathematically optimized string gauge combinations, resulting in greater control and playing comfort. Combined with the distinctive bright tone of XL nickel wound strings, each set offers greater dynamic control and a more consistent feel between strings for evenly balanced bending, strumming, fretting, picking, and plucking.

    XL Nickel Wound, D'Addario's most popular electric guitar strings, are precision wound with nickelplated steel onto a carefully drawn, hexagonally shaped, high carbon steel core. The result, strings with long lasting, distinctive bright tone and excellent intonation, is ideal for the widest variety of guitars and musical styles."

    -D'Addario

  • Case
    i Custom Cole Music Co. Professional End-bound Tele-style Guitar Case
    Custom Cole Electric Guitar Case

    Cole Music Co. Professional End-bound Tele-style Guitar Case

    Multi-Ply, Hand-Laminated Wood Shell; Strong Cordura Covering; Steel-Plated Hardware; Comfort Grip™ Padded Handle; Custom Contoured, Thickly Padded, Soft Velour Interior; Spacious Accessory Compartment; Embroidered Logo Outside and Inside; Limited Lifetime Warranty

    Custom Cole Electric Guitar Case Custom Cole Electric Guitar Case
  • Solder
    i Cardas Quad Eutectic
    Solder for Electric Guitar

    Cardas Quad Eutectic

    "George created our ultra pure, Quad Eutectic solder for the perfect joining of connector to conductor. Quad Eutectic solder contains a proprietary blend of silver, copper, tin & lead."

    -Cardas

    More info...

Neck Profile

Hollowtop Neck Profile