The Beamer Steel String
25th Anniversary Koa Edition
Bird of Paradise
The Beamer steel string
This double soundhole guitar was originally
designed for and made popular by acclaimed
Hawaiian slack key artist Keola Beamer.
By moving the soundhole away from the
traditional spot at the end of the fretboard,
a larger area of the top can be utilized to
achieve a bigger sound overall. Grimes likens
the difference between one traditional 3
7/8" and two 2 7/8" soundholes to the bass
richness of a 15" woofer compared to a 10"
woofer on a stereo system. Available in OM
( 15 1/8" wide) and Concert ( 16" wide) sizes,
the Beamer is offered with an Engelmann
or Sitka spruce top and the choice of koa,
mahogany, Indian rosewood, maple, or walnut for the back and sides.
25th anniversary koa edition
1999 was Grimes’ 25th year of producing
archtop instruments. To commemorate the
milestone, he designed an archtop guitar
that originally was intended to be a limited
edition guitar. The design proved to be so
popular that he’s still taking orders for this
model. Only the most special sets of wood
Grimes has acquired over the years are used
to construct the 25th Anniversary Model
guitars, and they all feature wooden binding
and purfling with maple, rosewood, African
blackwood, ebony, bloodwood, or curly
koa. Available in 16", 16. 5", 17", and 18"
sizes, the pictured guitar is finished in Light
Parchment and is loaded with an optional
DeArmond Rhythm Chief 1100 pickup.
Bird of paradise
The Bird of Paradise model is a semi-
solidbody electric guitar that features carved,
curly maple top and back plates with a
Honduras mahogany core. The body is 60
percent solid, providing excellent sustain
without the unnecessary weight of a solid-
body and the feedback problems inherent
in many acoustic-electrics. Designed with
excellent balance in mind and weighing
approximately 7. 5 pounds, it is comfortable
to hold for longer periods of time. Sporting
an oval soundhole, the pickups and electron-
ics are per customer’s specifications. This
particular Bird of Paradise is outfitted with a
pair of Seymour Duncan Seth Lovers.
pricing and availability
The approximate waiting period for a
Grimes guitar is currently 18 months or
more, depending on the order. Pricing
varies per model, from $9200 for the
Bird of Paradise to $18,500 for the 25th
Anniversary to $22,000 for the Pescatore.
With a variety of add-ons and options, the
sky is certainly the limit.