Twenty years and
Still setting the tone
and polished, and the nut and saddles were
perfectly cut. The glossy nitrocellulose finish
was evenly applied and buffed, save for just
a hint of unevenness on the back, where the
body meets the string ferrules—admittedly, a
very minor complaint.
The Choptank is a light guitar—a little
over seven pounds on a digital scale—and
equally comfortable to play when seated or
standing. The guitar’s C-shaped neck was
ample, but not too full, and its profile was
a sort of cross between early ’50s and ’60s
Telecaster necks. The guitar was very comfortably set up too, though the action was
slightly elevated for my taste.
In terms of playability, the Choptank
has a great broken-in quality. Chords
and single-note lines were easy to play in
all registers. Big bends that might have
fretted out on other guitars rang true.
And the Choptank had a lively acoustic
resonance, as well as plenty of snap and
sustain when unplugged.
The Choptank’s electronics are Strat-like in configuration: three Seymour
Duncan SSL- 1 single-coil pickups,