1999 James Trussart SteelCaster Tele


Summary: The one-of-a-kind SteelCaster line is designed by Parisian builder James Trussart.  Looking like a cross between a vintage Tele and something out of an H.G. Wells novel, these aluminum hollow-bodies sport a uniquely “decayed” finish (applied using a complex top-secret process that utilizes sea salts and animal skins) that gives each SteelCaster a distinct personality all its own.  This particular one has cool snake-skin pattern wear on the top and back with a serial number of 99131.  The SteelCaster has the look and feel of a vintage instrument with while also featuring our exclusive hollow steel body and custom metal appointments. The steel while also being the perfect medium to display the beautiful Trussart custom finishes also has tonal advantages.

Body: Hollow steel body with a single cutaway

Neck: The bolt-on maple neck features a 9” radius rosewood fingerboard and 21 “narrow/tall” frets.  It has a 25 ½” scale and measures 1 5/8th at the nut.  The headstock sports an aluminum plate with “James Trussart” embossed into it.  This instrument features the 62’ neck shape with a 9” radius.

Pickups/Hardware: The white button Tone Pro Kluson tuning machines, aluminum pickguard, and six saddle vintage Tele-style bridge have also been nicely aged, adding to the antique look and feel of the guitar.  The combination of Arcane Inc. single coil Tele pickups and the hollow aluminum give the SteelCaster a resonant clear-as-a-bell tonality that sounds gorgeous, especially through a nice tube amp.

Cosmetics: This instrument has been aged and so it shows lots of wear – there are scratches all over this guitar body but it looks really awesome & it has the worn-in vintage guitar feel….

Playability: The SteelCaster has been set up for optimal playability and intonation – we set this baby up with 10’s and it is ready to be played and loved for years to come.  It weighs in at a comfortable 7 pounds 4 ounces.  The neck has a very comfortable feel and is great for a multitude of musical styles.

Modifications: N/A

Weight:  7 lbs, 4 oz.     

Case: No case but we will pack it well & send it with a gig bag