Artist BLACKTR58 Blackburst Hollow Body Electric Guitar
Artist BLACKTR58 Blackburst Hollow Body Electric Guitar
This classic style guitar has existed in many forms since it was first released in 1958. Since then it has been coveted by some of the greatest Rock 'n Roll, Blues, and Jazz guitarists that the world has ever known. Legendary names like BB King, Freddie King, John McLaughlin, Larry Carlton, Jorma Kaukonen, Eric Clapton, and Elvin Bishop are among the multitude of players who have loved the diverse tones that this type of instrument offers. Now it's your turn!
The Artist BlackTR58 offers a perfect entry-level guitar for those wishing to begin their journey into the world of blues and Jazz. With the typical set-neck, this guitar is truly a "blues machine". Like the body, the neck is constructed of maple on an eco-friendly tech wood fretboard. This wood is a fine substitute for rosewood which is now considered a highly endangered species and as a result is rarely if ever used in general guitar building these days. The 22 frets show off the Block plastic inlays and when you add to the comfortable "C" shape neck the standard tune-o-Matic bridge and stop-bar tailpiece, you have a guitar that will not only feel great under your fingers but one that will sustain forever.
The BlackTR58 sports chrome-covered Humbuckers with Alnico V magnets which means that you have the option of the warm throaty tones of the neck pickup or the biting clean sounds of the bridge pickup. When you set your toggle switch in between neck and bridge pickup you get that wonderful almost out of phase sound which confirms that this is an extremely versatile guitar that will be very responsive under your fingers. You will be able to put a stamp on all those great blues solos and wail like the greats or you could darken the tone to suit the "cool" of any dingy little jazz club.
The Tech Features
Scale Length: 243⁄4” / 628 mm
Neck: Maple Set-Neck, Truss Rod 22 Frets Techwood Fretboard with Block plastic Inlays
Fingerboard Radius: 12" / 305 mm
Nut: 43 mm / 111⁄16” ABS Plastic
1st fret Thickness: 21 mm / 13⁄16”
Shape: Modern C
Body: Maple with Basswood Veneer on both Sides
Machine Heads: Die-cast Chrome
Bridge: Chrome Tune-o-Matic style, with 'Stop-Bar' anchor.
- Neck: 4 Conductor, Alnico V Bar, D.C. Resistance: 7.2K, 4.2 Ohm, Chrome plated cover
- Bridge: 4 Conductor, Alnico V Bar, D.C. Resistance: 8.2K, 5.0 Ohm, Chrome plated cover
Controls: 2 x Volume, 2 x Tone , LP Circuitry
Switch: 3 way
String Gauge: 10-46
Weight: 3.5 to 4kg / 7 lb and 11.4 oz. to 8 lb and 13 oz approximately
Optional Hardcases and Bags:
- Cases: JC450
- Bags: HGBAGES335
A really nice guitar, but...By: Immy on 27 July 2021Got sent a dud originally, had super loose intonation adjustment screws and the switch was broken, but Artist were so good about sending me a replacement. Absolutely top notch customer service! This guitar looks great and feels amazing in the hands, the neck shape is nice and chunky which is perfect for me. It's a really comfortable weight, though lighter than I expected. It sounds great too, the pups have a nice warm creamy tone but have a good amount of bite with the volume up. Where it kinda falters is the fretboard. The frets really need some more attention, the ends are fairly sharp and could do with a good polish. That techwood board though... It's, to be frank, not good. It looks alright, but it feels like plastic or something. Just feels kinda of awful after playing guitars with actual rosewood. All in all, it's a good guitar but with some work it could be a great guitar. IMHO, get the Cherry58 instead because of the better fretboard material, plus maple veneer instead of basswood.
By: Artist GuitarsWe're sorry to hear about the issues you had with your original and replacement guitar but we appreciate your feedback nonetheless. Please respond to the email we sent you so we can further assist you on this.
GuitarBy: BVS on 23 July 2021Just arrive.. very nice looking guitar.. play well from the box.. minor set up only needed.. bought a lot of gear from A/G's, never fail!.. Thanks!..
By: Artist GuitarsThank you for the feedback and all the support
Beautiful smooth jazzy soundsBy: Farah_i on 11 September 2020As a first time player, I was incredibly apprehensive about what guitar would suit me. I spent so long trawling the internet looking at everything from the Epiphone Les Paul to Fender's Squier Strat. I knew I wanted something great but price-wise, I wasn't looking to drop $900+ on this new pursuit. Thankfully, I was introduced to Artist Guitars which made this whole process a million times easier! Having a background playing violin, I feel like I have a pretty solid sense of what a great instrument can sound like. I bought the JOYO JTA05 with this guitar and I couldn't be happier. The sound is so smooth and rich. Combined with this speaker, it's fantastic bang for buck. I can tell I'll be playing this instrument for a long long time. I'm not sure that I would have felt the same way if I had purchased a cheaper alternative (squier strat). I'd highly recommend pairing this guitar with the Joyo Amp if you're in a position like me where you want great sound but aren't ready to plunge into the higher $100s/1k mark.
Warm sounding guitar plays like butter.By: Q on 26 July 2020I love this, my 10th guitar from Artist. As I have come to expect, the quality is fantastic. The finish is beautiful and the sound is just great, particularly with a little gravel put into the mix. The Alnico V pups sound nice and fat particularly on the neck position, warm and dark like a velvet glove. A great guitar for playing jazz or slow blues, subtle expression and wide dynamic range makes it weep like a baby or growl like beast. Fantastic guitar for anyone wanting high quality without the big name price. Thanks again Artist.
A serviceable axeBy: Alex on 24 July 2020Unlike the 10th Anniversary, the Black TR58 was not what I would consider playable straight out of the box (which is not surprising when it was built in China). Whereas, I didn't have to touch the Anniversary at all. I admit that left me a little disappointed, especially when there's only a $50 price difference ... I was expecting a little more build quality and would have been more than happy to pay the extra $50 odd bucks. Overall its a good, serviceable 335 -- one that I can use as a backup quite confidently on stage i.e. now that I have made a few minor adjustments and tweaks.. The gloss black colour is cool ... looks very nice indeed though I did change the vol/tone knobs to the black/chrome top hats similar to what Gibson use. I look forward to playing the BlackTR58 at my gigs ... I feel confident now that I've got to a reasonable gigging standard. (as a back up) Well done Artist Guitars - keep developing good quality builds & at very reasonable prices and you won't go wrong. Cheers
ImpressedBy: Alex on 13 July 2020This is the 3rd guitar I've purchase from Artist and have yet to be let down. An acoustic, the10th Anniversary 335 and now the BlackTR58 335 Apart from a couple tweaks here and there on Black TR58 - they play and feel great right out of the box (I did not have touch the 10th Anniversary at all). I have no hesitation in using them as back up guitars at my gigs. On one occasion I even used the10th anniversary 335 for the whole gig .and didn't need to revert to my high end gear. It's remarkable that at these price points just how well appointed they are and more importantly, perform (i.e. after a bit of tweaking & Bob's ya Uncle) . Well done guys (Artist)- keep up the good work and never take your foot off the pedal. They're good serviceable guitars at affordable prices. Impressed!