Without looking at the decal on the headstock, most people assume these are a creation of the Fender Custom Shop, with the neck artfully worn down to simulate years of play wear and thin nitrocellulose lacquer that lets the wood breath unlike the thick, glossy Polyurethane finish that has become the standard on most new guitars. The whole mission of Nash Guitars is to make guitars the way they used to be made.
Nash relic’s their guitars, giving them that 'lived-in' vibe that people either love or really hate (more on that in my next blog post). While they mostly deal in recreations of 50s and 60’s Fender guitars and basses they also have a growing line of guitars like the Wayfarer model that are uniquely their own. While Nash Guitars are great off the rack, one of their biggest selling points is that they allow clients to customize their own guitars. From style of body & fingerboard to custom color (matching headstock even!) all the way to neck profile & pickups. They even let you choose what year you want your instrument to closest resemble as well as just how beat up it should be.
Since I'm a lefty, what really drew me to Nash was that they faithfully recreate models that Fender no longer offers in a left-handed version. I got to customize my bass exactly the way I wanted for a fraction of what it would have cost to go through the Fender Custom Shop. Since the guitar world can be tough for us left-handers who can feel marginalized by the lack of products offered to us and the hefty price tag that often accompanies what is available, it’s nice to have companies like Nash out there.
Since receiving my Nash it has become my go-to bass on stage and in the studio and I couldn’t be happier with its feel, sound, and look.
So whether you’re a lefty or righty, into newer instruments or a vintage gear geek, Nash Guitars are definitely worth checking out.
Tune in for my next blog post when I tackle the divisive topic of guitar Relic’ing!