Here's our take on a guitar design that's been around since the beginning of rock n roll. Our version's extra light weight and is fitted with high-gain humbuckers for extra hard-rock potential. The sound cleans up well though and can be used for pretty much any musical genre, depending on your amps and effects.
The T-type is a single cutaway solid body electric with a Fender-style 25.5" / 648mm scale. T-type guitars are often with single-coil pickups and combine with solid bodies to give a characteristic 'twangy' clean sound.
The Gowen T-type has a bit more attitude though, with a 'hot humbucker' at the neck position and a 'hot rails' style stacked humbucker in the bridge position, perfect for a harder rock sound. We've included an option for playing both pickups in parallel or, for a fuller sound still, in series.
The 4-way selector switch gives you: (1) Bridge (2) Bridge & Neck Parallel (3) Neck (4) Bridge & Neck Series.
The T-type body is made of Paulownia, which is one of the lightest tone woods available and it makes this guitar easily the lightest of all the electric guitars I've played - the version with front and rear body contours weighs just 2.6Kg - 5.7 lb, compared with my previous lightest guitar, my Epiphone SG, which is 3.3Kg - 7.3 lb) . The finish is natural tung oil, which gives a subtle satin sheen.
The bolt-on neck is Canadian maple and has a C-shape profile, with 22 frets. It's 42mm / 1.65" wide at the nut and 52mm / 2.05" at the 12th fret. The neck is satin-finished for extra smooth playability.
The bridge, control plate and tuners (14:1 ratio) are chrome in the standard configuration but are also available in satin-chrome (like the example on this page) and we fit knurled, chunky control knobs to the tone and volume pots. All Gowen guitars are fitted with schaller-style strap locks.
Our guitars are sold 'workshop set-up', which means we've checked intonation and action for playability before they leave the workshop. As with all guitars, however, you may want to consider re-setting up or having a luthier set-up your new guitar once it's been shipped to you! If you are based in UK or London and would like to collect your guitar in person we can arrange for it to be 'luthier set-up' before you collect it, for an additional cost.
Shown above with optional front body contour