If hot-rodding your guitar’s body shape or
paint job isn’t your thing, why not go with
souped-up body material? The Bell Custom
Guitars Jazzblaster Hot Rod features a
maple/plexiglass body that has a different
tone from a guitar made of pure wood.
“The plexiglass addition isn’t just for
show,” Bell designer Paul Reid tells us.
“We feel that keeping the pickups, bridge,
etc. connected to the wood, then using
the plexi to compress and deliver the tone
created by the wood, you get more sustain
and a very focused tone, in addition to a
striking visual effect.”
This guitar is also loaded with hand-wound
Amalfitano pickups and user-controlled
LEDs that illuminate the plexi wings. The
Jazzblaster Hot Rod has a 25. 5” scale
length, a rosewood fretboard and a 1.695”
width at the nut. It also features chrome
hardware and a machine-turned stainless
steel pickguard and truss rod cover.