Slow Train Guitars specializes in T-style guitar bodies that are made in small batches from locally sourced lumber and hand-finished to accentuate the look and feel of the wood. On occasion we stumble across more exotic species, but our focus is on woods native to Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee – especially pine, cedar, maple, and black walnut. The body shapes are based on the 1950-51 Broadcasters or the late 1960’s thinlines.
When Leo Fender and George Fullerton began designing their first electric Spanish guitar, they combined practical workability with a simple aesthetic. In the coming years, the names for these instruments would evoke recent audio and video technologies such as the radio broadcast and the television. Mr. Fender’s original design was a slab body and a bolt-on neck that could be changed easily if necessary. Despite the simplicity and frugality that drove the design, his first electric Spanish guitar ended up as a mainstay in popular music as a true workhorse that is anything but fussy.
Slow Train Guitars delivers these workhorse instruments, with an emphasis on the traditional, the local, and the practical. We have a fresh take on traditional colors and finishes. Rather than emulating flashy car paints, we specialize in translucent stains and dyes that highlight the wood’s grain both visually and to the touch. A tough lacquer sealer provides a durable finish that maintains a natural look and feel. Our colors are named for stops along the rail lines that once connected Chattanooga with Atlanta and Nashville and beyond. We also offer natural finishes.
Our guitar bodies are made by hand for music that will be played by hand. Once part of the Southern landscape, the wood now resonates under the fingers of those who play soulful music of any sort.