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Mike Smith Guitars Relic S 2020


Mike Smith Guitars Relic Strat, handcrafted in UK 2020

  • Select Alder body, Canadian Maple Neck, Rosewood Fretboard
  • Cream T Bolero pickups
  • Gotoh and Kluson hardware
  • Comes with Mike Smith Hiscox ABS hardcase

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Mike Smith, based in Southport, UK, is one of the UK’s most respect luthiers with over 25 years guitar building experience, specialising in the creation of superb replica guitars. Mike formerly headed up the renowned Fret King UK Custom Shop, building many hundreds of Green Label Pro Series guitars together with very limited edition and one-off instruments. Mike is particularly well known for producing stunningly accurate reproductions of the iconic Status Quo Rossi and Parfitt Telecasters, and today he makes the guitars used by Richie Malone, Rick Parfitt’s replacement in the Quo.

Mike has been involved with many r&d and design projects and has personally built or worked on guitars for Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt, Gary Moore, Randy Bachman, Chris Rea, Noel Gallagher, Paul Weller, Jerry Donahue, James Dean Bradfield, John Jorgenson, Steve Harris, Richie Malone, Thomas Blug (‘61 Masterbuilt guitars), Mick Abrahams, John Verity, and Geoff Whitehorn.

This Relic S is a tremendous example of Mike’s craft, built entirely by hand from scratch – no kit parts or CNC machines used. With its alder body finished in a spectacular metallic blue/green, the nitro lacquer has been authentically reliced to produce a fabulous played in feel. This follows through to the maple neck which has a smooth worn finish. The pickups are Cream T Boleros as favoured by Jeff Beck. The guitar looks, feels, plays and sounds exceptional and is only being sold because the previous owner, yearning for a 50s spec maple neck S, has ordered a new Mike Smith custom build! The condition is as it left Mike’s workshop in 2020, with the exception of the original Gotoh Vintage tremolo (56.5mm E to E) which has been replaced with a slightly narrower spaced Kluson Nickel trem (54mm E to E) – the original is included and the two bridges are interchangeable.

Mike’s instrument are only very occasionally seen on the used guitar market – the equivalent guitar new would be around £2,000 (and a 9 month wait for delivery).

Here’s the specification:

  • Brand: Mike Smith Guitars
  • Model: Relic S
  • Year: 2020
  • Serial No: 178
  • Weight: 7lb 14oz / 3.6kg
  • Finish: Metallic Blue/Green Nitrocellulose
  • Body: Select Alder
  • Neck: Canadian Maple
  • Profile: Full C
  • Neck thickness: 22.8mm at 1st fret, 25.6mm at 12th fret
  • Fretboard: Rosewood, 9.5″ radius
  • Scale length: 25.5″
  • Frets: 22 Dunlop Medium
  • Bridge Pickup: Cream T Bolero
  • Middle Pickup: Cream T Bolero
  • Neck Pickup: Cream T Bolero
  • Controls: Single Volume/Two Tone/5-way selector
  • Bridge: Kluson Nickel Tremolo  (original Gotoh included)
  • Tuners: Kluson Deluxe
  • Case:  Mike Smith Custom Hiscox Hardcase


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