“3764 Highway 51” | Electric Guitar

ELECTRIC MODEL: “3764 HIGHWAY 51”

The new Delgado “3764 Highway 51” is our first ever production model electric guitar.

The woods for the original model came from the famous home located in Memphis, Tennessee at the famous address, 3764 Highway 51. When this wood source was no longer available and due to high desire to see these instruments made, the Manuel Delgado set out to find pieces of wood that told a story and had significant moments in history connected to them.

The first 4 models have Honduras mahogany tops and headstock overlays from wood that is over 200 years old came from the 1800’s under the reign of king Louis-Philippe of France.

When you place your order for one of these models, your name will be put on a list, and following each unique piece of wood that comes along our path, you will be the next person to receive one of these guitars. Not knowing where the next piece might come from is just one of the great features and will add to the story that comes with this instrument. In addition to these amazing woods, each model features the following:

  • Gold fret wire
  • Gold custom Gotoh tuners with upgraded 21:1 gear ratio for increased tuning control
  • 25.5″ scale length
  • Gold Bigsby vibrato tailpiece
  • Custom designed gold humbucker pickup to mimic classic ’57 hollow body models
  • Custom gold mother-of-pearl “3764” inlay
  • Gold bridge
  • Gold input jack and jack plate
  • Tortoise shell style binding on top and fingerboard
  • Single gold volume and tone control knobs
  • African Ebony fingerboard
  • Bolt-on Maple neck
  • Single cutaway
  • Bone nut

These guitars have Alder bodies and a unique 3-chamber construction, removing weight and giving this guitar model a unique tone.

Capturing that unique tone is a single custom Filter’Tron pickup at the neck position, designed and produced according to Ray Butt’s original specifications. This includes all of the original bells and whistles like the vintage pole spacing, covers, zinc-coated backplate used by classic 1950’s hollow-body models and more. This Filter’Tron offers a tight bass response and a beautiful chime from the top strings.

The whole purpose and inspiration behind Manuel designing these instruments was not to make another electric guitar like every other model out there. This is a simple, single pickup guitar, making this model all about the feel and tone of the instrument itself.

If you’re looking for something with multiple pickups and switches, there are plenty of other options out there, but if you want to own a piece of history and a great-playing instrument, then this is the guitar for you.

 

I decided to return to the guitar at age 56 after recovering from a heart transplant. I wanted a single instrument that would last a life time. What I received from Manuel was a work of art that has a beautiful voice and a soul as well.

William A. Biermann (Pennsylvania) Classical Guitar-"Marta" model

I have played with lots of different guitars and grew up in a family of Greek musicians. The one thing I noticed immediately with Delgado guitars is that It had an authentic spirit. I got excited again for the first time in years to hold and play a guitar. The love put into the instruments built gives me the feeling that it has a heartbeat of It’s own. I look forward to writing my songs through it.

Steven Delopoulos of "Burlap to Cashmere" recording artist, singer/songwriter, guitarist.(New Jersey)
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