Thorn Artisan Deluxe #20

Financing with Affirm


We've had a few Ron Thorn creations pass through the shop in the last year or two and all have been jaw-dropping guitars. Ron has built his reputation on flawless build quality and this gorgeous Artisan does not stray from that formula (he's now one of the master builders at the very impressive Fender Custom Shop - look up some of his NAMM 2019 creations). 

Immaculate build quality, fretwork, setup are all hallmarks of a Thorn and this Artisan is no exception. The details are plentiful and add an elegant vibe to this LP-style guitar. 

Though there are plenty of beautiful things to look at on this Artisan, don't be fooled into thinking it sounds polite - far from it. This is a balanced, bold, big sounding guitar. Think ES-335 crossed with, say, the openness and snap of a Tele. If you typically live on the neck position, you'll love the fact that this Artisan remains open, articulate, and clear whether clean or overdriven. The bridge pickup brings in the expected snarl and midrange punch and rocks as hard as any LP style guitar we've played.

The overall feel is quite slinky with the perfect amount of resistance - you can dig in without feeling like you'll overpower the guitar, or lay back and play with a light touch. It'll go where you ask it easily. The neck feels quite a bit like a 59 reissue Les Paul. Fans of larger necks will love it (but don't let that scare you off - it's a very comfortable, well shaped neck).

Condition: Excellent / near-mint with very few signs of prior ownership - very light surface marks on the back (not worming, just a few superficial marks). No fret wear and the electronics work perfectly.

We're huge fans of Ron's guitars and a few minutes spent on this beauty only reinforces that. Looking for the best of the best with regards to LP-style guitars? This is it. Priced with original hardshell case and case candy. 


  • 1 Piece Honduran Mahogany body
  • 5A Quilt Maple top
  • Honduran Mahogany neck
  • Ebony fingerboard
  • Fat '59 neck carve, .890-.990
  • 12" radius
  • .047 x .095 frets
  • Arcane pickups - SL-1 neck and bridge
  • Nitro lacquer, Caramel Burst
  • Strings 10-46
  • Tri-Crown Inlays
  • Full Creme Binding 
  • 8lbs 11oz
  • Serial Number SFC-020

Go back