Rocket III

The Rocket project started here! To make something new from some things old. Not just to do what has been done before but to take elements of our favourite designs and combine them into something interesting and exciting and new. 

The plan was to combine various elements of the “1950s slab body guitar” into a cohesive and functional design. It had to look right and it had to sound right.

The overall aesthetic is heavily influenced by the the Epiphone Wilshire and Crestwood. This was our “launch pad”. The foundation on which we worked. The comfort of the Fullerton designed slab models is hard to beat so we tried not to stray too far from that. Early `50s lower edge contours for seated playing with late `50s contours for comfort.


Structurally we used the extended tenon from the Original Explorer and Flying V. The massive contact area gives unbeatable rigidity and vibration transfer. Both critical elements in making an instrument that both sounds and feels “right”. 


We left no stone unturned to make the Rocket look and feel like it was made in 1959 yet play like the very best of now. 

 

Available with either a wrap around tailpiece or pivoting vibrato bridge (6 or 2 post) and with a range of pickup and aesthetic options. (please check the spec list for details).

Rocket III – Detailed Specifications

Construction

Set neck with “Explorer”style Extended tenon

Scale length:……….24.625”

Body

Material:……………..Premium grade 1 piece 1.75″ Mahogany

Contours:……….. “T” style lower edge radius, “S” style upper radius with deep belly and forearm contours

Neck

Material:……………..One piece quartersawn Mahogany

Fretboard:……………First grade Rosewood (Bound or unbound)

Binding:……………….Single ply “Royalite”

Inlays:………………….Vintage spec Dot inlays

Fretboard Radius:……..12″

Nut Width:……………1.693″ (43mm)

Trussrod:……………..Vintage style 3/16 single acting rod.

Nut:……………………..Bone

Frets:…………………..Nickel Silver (.100” x .050”)

Headstock inlay:……Gold “Sunbeam” logo

Headstock angle:….10 degrees

Electronics

Pickups:………………Bridge Humbucker 2 x Custom Rod magnet P90 (Options below)

Switching:……………. 5 way (options below)

Controls:……………… Please see options below

Hardware

Finish:……………..Nickel

Bridge:…………….Pigtail intonatable wraparound bridge with locking posts fitted to 1 1/4” steel studs

Tuners:…………….Gotoh “Kluson” type 

Finish

Type:………………Lightly aged unplasticised nitrocellulose lacquer

Colour:…………….Choice of vintage colours

Accessories

Case:………Hiscox “Liteflite” hardcase

Options

Vibrato bridge:…..Mannmade “Vintage” 6 screw Mannmade “Classic” 2 Post Callaham Vintage “S” type

Pickups:………….....Any combination of std Humbucker or P90 pickups

Controls:…………....2 vol/2 tone = toggle switch. 2 pot front mounted: Vol/tone/ blade switch. Front mounted on a Tele style             plate (We make these plates with slightly more room between the switch and the first control knob) 2 pot rear mounted: Vol/Tone with either a blade or toggle switch.

Fretwire:…………...Choice of Jescar 47095, 55090, 51100, 57110 wire. (Available in 18%Nickel silver or Stainless steel)

Fingerboard:.......Unbound or single bound with vintage spec “Royalite” ABS.

Inlays:…………….…1/4” cellulose nitrate dots. Vintage spec Cellulose Nitrate “Trap” inlays (only available with bound fingerboard)

Headstock:………Black painted non veneered with Gold painted “Sunbeam logo Black painted Holly veneer with Mother of Pearl “Sunbeam” logo