|Prince in one of his last concerts with Gus Guitars Purple Special|
|Simon Farmer - Gus Guitars creator|
He had already built his first electric guitars and basses during in his early teen years and went to art school with the intent of designing guitars.
|Furniture maker bending metal frame|
While in University he made a series of instruments that he called Git-tubes which were tubes shaped into frames for the guitar/bass bodies. The artist Seal, a bass player and singer, used one of his basses in a video.
|Steve Klein Gutiar|
While in school Farmer took a break and for a holiday he traveled to California to visit such luthiers as Steve Klein, John Page of Fender and others to get their insights on the guitar building process.
These interactions lead him away from the Git-tube design as he realized these instruments were more sculptural pieces than stringed electric instruments. He faced the reality that the git-tubes did not have the sound he was looking for in a guitar or bass.
|Farmer building the frame|
|Gus Guitar mold|
|Gus Guitars G1|
In fact all the parts on his Gus guitars are hand made on his lathe, including the knobs, bridge and vibrato. He does not like “switches” so he utilizes a rotary selector instead of the usual Switchcraft style toggle or lever.
|Simon Farmer at Sussex workshop|
Simon Farmer also hand polishes all of his instruments. His small workshop is located in East Sussex, U.K.
|Gus Guitars G1|
The twin GUS humbucking alnico pickups are wound at the shop and fitted with tubular pickup covers which are built there as well.
|Gus Guitars G1 Gold Special|
The guitar has a unique switching system that uses a rotary switch instead of the usual toggle. And this guitar sounds excellent. The connection input is found on the guitars backside and is molded into the body.
|Gus Guitars G1V|
|Gus Guitars G1 7|
The G7 is similar to the G1, but it is a 7 string guitar.
|Gus Guitars G1 Baritone|
The G1 Baritone guitar combines the features found on the G1 with a 28.5" scale neck.
|Gus Guitars G1 MIDI|
The G1 MIDI ( musical instrument digital interface) guitar combines all the features of the G1 along with RMC piezo pickups that connect to the 13-pin MIDI connector on the guitar's backside next to the input jack.
This enables the player to run through a Roland GR-33 or other guitar synthesizer module.
|Gus Guitars G1 Piezo|
|Gus Guitars Purple Special with matching hardshell case|
|Close-up of Purple Special|
The guitars body is purple and the fretboard is constructed of purple composite fiber.
|Purple Special holographic fret inlays|
The controls feature a single volume and tone control and a three-way toggle switch. The tuners are gold-plated Gotoh non-locking machines. Prince only got to use this guitar once in concert. He had planned on having a second guitar built. It is a gorgeous instrument.
The Purple Special guitar comes with a GUS guitar designed custom made molded purple case with a gold-plated aluminum handle and a plush interior.
|Simon Farmer with a Gus G3 Five Bass|
|Gus G3 Four Bass|
The G3 Four is the GUS 4 string bass guitar. This instrument includes two passive single coil pickups that are linked to a four way rotary switch.
This system allows the pickups to function has humbuckers (in tandem) or in as single coil pickups. The guitar has an in-shop designed hard tail bridge/saddle that has piezo elements to give an even fuller sound.. It comes with single volume and tone controls. The fretboard is made of cocobola with white resin position markers that contain LED's. The machine heads are Gotoh model 510's.
|Gus G3 Five Bass|
Five aircraft grade aluminum bridge pieces clamp to a 1/4" bridge plate to anchor the strings and increase this basses sustain. The bridge saddles also contain piezo elements for a bigger sound.
Both the G3 Four and Five can be ordered with an active three-band EQ system to achieve even more bass sounds. Instead of just a tone control these bass guitars come with stacked switches to enable the user can get active treble, mid-range and bass sounds along with the volume and four-way rotary control.
|Gus G3 Baritone|
Simon Farmer also offers a baritone version of the GUS G3 bass. This is a six string instrument that is tuned A to A.
It comes with all the accouterments of the standard G3, including two single coil alnico tube pickups. piezo bridge pickups and the four-way rotary control.
|Gus G3 MIDI|
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