Spalt “Bonerville Beach” (2009)

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"As much as I enjoy making a "traditional" instrument out of the finest "tonewoods", I also love making instruments which push the boundaries and open new possibilities to musicians willing to explore and expand the scope of their music. The influences manifested in the Totemguitar line, to date close to 400 instruments, go back to Dada, Surrealism, collage and assemblage art, Pop art, and sometimes a more conceptual approach, along with the occasional dose of pure kitsch." - Michael Spalt

One of the things we love most about Micheal Spalt's guitars is how he occasionally weaves a sly, nudge-nudge-wink-wink sense of humor into his brilliantly conceived and built guitars. This 2009 "Bonerville Beach" being an excellent example. 

This guitar is stunning to behold, and from a distance, it looks like an incredibly interesting piece of spalted maple. Upon closer review, the beach theme really starts to reveal itself. Seashells, drift wood, a pinup girl, and even an actual Bonneville car emblem reside in the masterfully assembled resin top. One could envision the large volume knob coming straight off of a 1960 Bonneville dashboard. 

This is the first Spalt we've had with Joe Barden pickups and, as expected, they sound fantastic. Michael installed a coil-tap (tone knob), a feature on all of his guitars, that really expands the tonal capabilities.

We have a guess as to what you might be thinking - resin top (?) on a mahogany body, huh? Hmm. Think of the resin top as having similar characteristics as maple (by Michael's design). These guitars sound fantastic, no two ways about it. Articulate, sweet top end, power, and warmth...sounds kind of like a Tele or a LP, right? These guitars have their own voice for sure, but it's a familiar one that isn't radically far off from other guitars you may already own.

We simply love the way this guitar looks, feels, and plays. Like all of Michael's guitars, they are way more than a design concept or "art guitar". The build quality is on par with anything we carry - that is to say, damned near flawless. These are incredibly high-end guitars that just happen to have a very inventive approach to the top - objects suspended in a specially designed resin. 

We love Michael's guitars and this beautiful, witty take on early 60s American beach culture (our interpretation) is a fantastic representation of his work. Priced with hardshell case. 

Condition: Like New. 

On consignment, no trades please. 


  • Mahogany body
  • Maple neck w/Rosewood fingerboard
  • Joe Barden pickup combination w/splittable humbucker & Tele-style neck pickup
  • Spalt custom bridge
  • 7lbs 9oz

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