Frontwards and Backwards
Handcarved Neck and Top
Roger Giffin Signature Headstock
by Roger Giffin
Stunning AAAAA Quilted Maple Top
This Zerberus Chimaira isn’t just a guitar just like a Lamborghini Diablo isn’t just a car. The Chimaira is the creation of Frank Scheucher founder and owner of Zerberus Guitars located in Speyer, Germany and only 40 of this model were produced.
I love the look of this guitar, but what makes the Chaimira really special to me
is the concept, the design, the hand selected tonewoods and its high-end hardware.
The body is made from a solid piece of Korina wood with an 18 mm thick Maple cap with a wonderul flame. Not too much, not too little. Then neck is made from hard Maple and is glued deep into the body. She has a 25.5 inch scale and 24 medium jumbo frets. The Black Ebony fretboard has block inlays made of mother of pearl and abalone.The tremolo is a Wilkinson VS100 made by Goto.
Frank even designed the pickups, and this guitar has 4 humbuckers. Not something you see every day. The pickups are called Kammerstein Quadrail humbuckers. They can be coil-tapped by push-pulling the volume or tone knobs. When playing with the single coil option the sound is Stratocasteresque, bright, percussive, and round. When the neck humbucker is engaged you can easily play Jazz, while adding some gain and using the bridge pickup she’ll rock hard with the best of them.
Even unplugged, this guitar surprises with a very distinct sound and exceptional volume.
Guitar Maker To The Stars
No Master Builders collection could be complete without the amazing craftmanship of "The Guitar Maker to the Stars", Roger Giffin.
Giffin has been building guitars for Rock and Roll's elite including Pete Townsend, Mark Knopfler, John Entwisle, Andy Summers, Jimmy Page, Eddie Van Halen, Joe Walsh, Malcom Young , Peter Frampton and David Gilmour since the early 1970s.
Originally from England, Giffin designed the Steinberger "M" series. This got the attention of Gibson who hired him to run their Custom Shop in California in 1988. While there, one of the more notable guitars he built was a copy of Jimmy Page's "No. 2", the basis for the Jimmy Page Signature model Les Pauls in the mid-1990s.
However, it was another "Standard" that has become his trademark guitar. This Giffin Standard made in 2016 is a stunning example with a AAAAA quilt maple top and rosewood fretboard.
Body: Honduras Mahogany
Top: AAAAA Quilted Maple
Neck: Honduras Mahogany / Maple
Headstock: Rosewood Cap
Scale Length: 24 3/4
Inlay: Abalone Lines
Pickups: Amalfitano Fullbuckers
Bridge: Schroeder Wrap Around
Finish: Rich Amber Burst
Weight: 6.3 lbs
Mohogany with Curly Maple Neck