Guitar Moderne was recently invited to the unveiling of the Senn Model One in Nashville. Jeff Senn Guitars is a name well known in Music City. Jeff Senn builds instruments and does repairs for some of the top session players in town. What made the Model One interesting to Guitar Moderne was first and foremost its original retro-future appearance. Sure, it is reminiscent of pawnshop prizes like old Silvertones and Senn’s beloved Guyatones, but has a “moderne” look as well.
The Senn designed, Lollar built, humbucking pickups combine punch and clarity in a sound of their own, with the cool three-way switch keeping things simple. The volume control kept the treble and bass identical all the way down, while the tone control was usable throughout its full range. Both poplar and mahogany models are lightweight and feel like an old friend under the hand. The top-loading bridge and large frets made bending a breeze without any loss of sustain.
Though not technically a review, let me say after hearing and playing them, the only thing stopping me from ordering one (other than the almost three grand price tag) is the lack of a whammy bar. Senn is thinking about designing a vibrato system, as well as an offshore version at a lower price point, but both are a ways off. For now if you have the cash and want a cool looking, great playing guitar with something different than the usual Gibson and Fender tones, the Model One is worth a close look.
Model One Specs
Body Wood: Poplar (or Mahogany)
Neck Wood: Maple with Rosewood Fingerboard
Neck Profile: Full “C”
Fingerboard Radius: 10″
Fret Size: 6125 .095 X .047
Number of Frets: 22
Scale Length: 24 3/4″
Truss Rod Adjust: Headstock
Nut Width: 1.65″
Finish: Thin Satin Nitro Cellulose Lacquer
Colors: Ace (Black), Malibu (Blue/Green), Del Rey (Red), $50 upcharge for Lincoln (Copper). More colors coming soon.
Pickups: Lollar Custom
Saddles: CJ Guitar Tooling Brass Saddles
Electronics: 3 Way Switch, Volume, and Tone
Includes: Hardshell Case, Long Hollow Leather Strap, strung up with D’Addario strings
Prices: $2850 USD,