Gear Spotlight: Downes Guitars

Kieran Downes says it himself; he “builds 6- and 7-string solid body electric guitars for musicians after something a little different.” A Downes guitar is carved for comfort in any playing position. He offers variety of woods for bodies, tops, necks and fingerboards. Pickups are provided by Bare Knuckle or DiMarzio Pickups (or I would imagine anyone you request). Hipshot and Schaller hardware is employed. Downes guitars also feature a Stellartone ToneStyler passive tone control with eleven positions of sound shaping. The custom-made Downes Guitars locking headpiece is made from hard-anodized aircraft aluminum. Select instruments also feature very modern electronics based suggestions from modern guitarist extraordinaire, Chris Buono. Instruments ship in a Gruv Gear Gigblade gig bag and are hand crafted in Portland, Oregon.

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