DOWNES GUITARS builds 6- and 7-string solid body electric guitars for musicians after something a little different. The shape of a Downes guitar is carved for comfort in any playing position. A variety of woods for bodies, tops, necks and fingerboards are selected to achieve a balance of aesthetics, functionality, durability, and sound. Electronics and components come from the best in the business: Bare Knuckle Pickups, DiMarzio Pickups, Hipshot and Schaller to name a few. Each Downes guitar also features a Stellartone ToneStyler passive tone control giving players a huge palette of tonal options without the need for batteries. Every instrument also features a custom-made DOWNES GUITARS locking headpiece made from hard anodized aircraft aluminum. Select instruments also feature electronics based on the designs and musical stylings of one of modern guitar’s most innovative artists, Chris Buono. Instruments ship in a Gruv Gear Gigblade gig bag. Our instruments are hand crafted in Portland, Oregon.

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As always, Chris Buono has been busy, and his latest course for TrueFire, Take 5: Legato is now available. This course is the first of three new courses that, among other things, feature the new DOWNES GUITARS 101MPS. MPS stands for “Modular Pickguard System,” and represents a new dimension of flexibility for the 101 platform, giving the player the ability to swap out pickups and electronics without the need for tools or additional set-up work. Stay tuned for an in-depth video on the 101MPS, and in the meantime, take advantage of a 10% discount between now and 1/17/19 on Take 5: Legato course using the promo code “LEGATO”!