James had used the Ora for his personal guitar, but it is now available for
purchase. With a 24.625" scale, it has
a purpleheart top and back, a purple-heart/yellowheart/purpleheart neck,
and an African blackwood fretboard.
The Ora is loaded with a Seymour
Duncan APH- 1 in the neck position
and a Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates in
The Ursa sports a 5A-grade curly
maple back, a curly Macassar ebony
top, a Macassar fretboard, and a
three-piece Macassar neck. Although
Macassar is more common than
African blackwood, James says it’s
still pretty rare to find a guitar with this
type of ebony neck. James installed a
Seymour Duncan SH- 2 Jazz humbucker in the neck position and a Seymour
Duncan Pearly Gates in the bridge.
The Teraux is James’ fretless bass
model, sporting a 34" scale length and
a 16" fretboard radius. This bass is
constructed almost entirely from African
padauk, but the fretboard is made
of ebony with padauk fretlines. This
Teraux has Seymour Duncan SMB-4a
pickups in both the neck and bridge
positions, and black Wilkinson tuners.
PRICING AND AVAILABILITY
Every Alexander James guitar is priced individually, based on the specified woods and custom specifications. “Because I use so many exotic
woods and things can get pretty crazy, it’s really all based on your imagination,” says the luthier. “They range anywhere from $3000 to
$7000, but can certainly go higher.” The waiting period for a guitar is typically four months, but at press time, each featured guitar except
the Laurent was for sale.