Michael Lewis Signature Model Guitars

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Michael Lewis Pro One guitarIntroducing a revolutionary new line of electric guitars designed by Michael Lewis and 100% made in the USA built by master luthiers at Southbound Custom (Builders for Gibson and for Gruhn Guitars).

Features include an extremely comfortable, balanced and attractive body design, top quality parts, pickups and woods, carefully selected and designed for the most demanding players live and in the studio. This will likely be the most versatile guitar you've ever played. The electronics on this guitar will give you complete control over all your pickups, giving you a vast array of tones without the use of modeling.

There were no compromises made on this guitar, when it came down to a choice of cost or quality, we chose quality every time. Designed with a comfortable 25" scale and a deep inset neck with a heel design that was carefully crafted and shaped. It will also feature Michael's favorite neck dimensions from his rare collection of Gibsons.

If you're considering the purchase of a versatile, high end guitar, consider Michael Lewis Guitars before you finalize your decision. The initial prototype was placed in the hands of some of Nashville's best guitarists, friends of MIchael whom you've heard of -- Brent Mason, Johnny Hiland, Tom Hemby and Phil Keaggy. Each player contributed with ideas and critiques that were implemented into the final production models and the end result is an unbelievably good guitar. There are a few great guitars out there that we've all heard about and wished to own -- we truly believe this will be in that class of legendary, must own instruments.

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Pre-orders being taken now

Pre-orders being taken now

The new Michael Lewis guitars will be shipping no later than May 1st, 2009 and you can be one of the first to own these fine musical instruments designed by Michael Lewis with the assistance of a team of top notch Luthiers with years of experience!

"As many of you know, I own some absolutely incredible guitars, yet I was wanting an instrument that would give me the best of several of them combined. Thus I set out to design a guitar that would fill a gap in my collection but to my surprise, it has exceeded the quality, feel and tone of my favorite guitars. I hoped it would be good, I didn't know it would be this good! Even if you already own a bunch of nice guitars, I believe this guitar will find a home in your collection... though it could make some of your collection obsolete (which is what happened to me!) You won't be disappointed with these guitars."

Pre order a Michael Lewis Guitar -- choose from:

Pro I ™ Panther ™ Pro 35 ™ Maverick ™

Michael Lewis Pro I Guitar

The Michael Lewis Pro 1 -- is designed with the player in mind. From session players and pro sideman, to weekend warriors and worship leaders, this instrument will meet the needs of the most demanding players in the world.

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  • African Mahogany body and neck
  • 5A Flame maple top
  • Ebony fingerboard


  • Gold Hardware
  • LR Baggs X Bridge
  • Grover 18:1 Locking Tuners
  • Dunlop Strap Locks
  • (4) Black Concentric knobs
  • (2) Black Speed Knobs
  • LP-Style Jackplates (2)
  • CCCustom, Radical Tone Electronic System
  • (3) 500k concentric volume/tone pots
  • (2) 250k variable coil tap pots
  • (1) 500k concentric pot for piezo system
  • Top controls volume
  • Bottom blends Piezo system into Magnetic system output
  • On/ALL/Off mini toggle switch for middle pickup
  • Standard LP-style pickup selector for humbuckers


  • Bridge – Radical Tone Hot 500
  • Middle – Radical Tone Texas (single coil)
  • Neck – Radical Tone Classic
  • Dual Switchcraft Output Jacks

  • Magnetic system out
  • Piezo system out
  • Features

  • Dual action truss rod
  • 25” scale
  • (22) 18%nickel medium frets (Stewart Macdonald #0148 – width: .084” crown: .039”)
  • Bound fingerboard with “nibs”
  • Custom pearl fingerboard inlays
  • White side dots
  • Radical tone custom chambering system
  • 1.25 degree neck pitch
  • 12 degree headstock pitch
  • Bone nut·
  • Extended tenon neck joint
  • 2 piece neck construction for stability and longevity
  • 5A Flame maple truss rod cover
  • Mahogany Electronics Cover
  • Setup

  • Plek fret leveling and nut slotting by Joe Glasier of Nashville
  • Action – 4/64” treble, 4/64” bass
  • Elixir .010” - .046” Strings
  • Finish

    • Gloss Modern Perfect Nitro finish
    • Standard Colors (all feature black headstock face)
    • Trans Blue top w/ dark stain back and neck
    • Blue Burst w/ dark stain back and neck
    • Honey Burst w/ dark stain back and neck
    • Black
    • White Pearl
    • Natural
    • Masked edge on top for “Natural Binding” look
    transblue natural
    black honeyburst

Neck and Headstock:

  • 1 piece mahogany neck with reinforced, angled headstock
  • Set neck design
  • 12" radius fretboard
  • 22 fret Ebony Fretboard
  • Custom Alpine Inlays
  • Binding on neck
  • Neck profile -- Custom size between 80's Gibson Custom Shop neck and a faster Gibson 60's neck feel.
  • 25" Scale (scale could be reduced in the final versions but will not be less than 24 3/4")
  • Ivory Nut
  • Sperzel Locking Tuners

Electronics and Strings:

  • New custom pickup designed exclusively for Michael Lewis
  • 2 humbuckers with custom variable coil tap
  • 1 single coil
  • Three volume and tone controls
  • 3 way pickup selector
  • On/off toggle for the middle pickup
  • Acoustic pickup in the X-Bridge with separate volume, tone and output
  • Elixir .010 gauge strings

Also Included:

  • Custom hard shell case
  • Framed certificate of authenticity, numbered and signed by Michael Lewis
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
  • John Levan Maintenance DVD

Put your name on the waiting list for a new Michael Lewis Pro I Guitar:

The Michael Lewis Panther Michael Lewis Black Panther Guitar

The Michael Lewis Panther -- is a sleek color variation of the Pro I.

Body and Hardware:

All specs are the same as the Pro 1 except:

  • Chambered African Mahogany body topped with a solid, high grade maple top
  • Binding: Electric Blue
  • Hardware -- Black
  • Colors Available: Black
  • Custom Paw Print Inlays

Put your name on the waiting list for a new Michael Lewis Panther Guitar.

The Michel Lewis Pro-35

The Michael Lewis Pro-35 -- is a semi-hollow body version of the Pro 1.

Body and Hardware:

All specs are the same as the Pro 1 except:

  • Semi-Hollow body African Mahogany body topped with a solid, high grade maple top
  • Binding: Black
  • Hardware -- Gold
  • Colors Available: White
  • Custom Alpine Inlays
  • Stop Tail Piece
  • Tone Pros Hardware
  • No acoustic pickup on this model

Put your name on the waiting list for a new Michael Lewis Pro-35 Guitar.

The Michel Lewis Maverick

The ultimate country session player's guitar!

Put your name on the waiting list for a new Michael Lewis Maverick Guitar.

Terms and conditions:

To pre order a Michael Lewis guitar, a 50% deposit is required via cash, credit card, pay pal or other cleared funds.

Once your guitar is completed, it will be personally inspected by Michael Lewis. Photos will be sent to you along with any specs and information that deviates from the original model.
The balance will be required before we ship the guitar.

Delivery on the first run of these exquisite instruments is expected in May 2009.


Michael Lewis Guitars come with a limited lifetime warranty for quality of parts and workmanship. In the unlikely event that you don't like what you see in the pictures before we
ship the guitar, you have the right to refuse it and your refund will be returned to you.

Once you receive your new guitar, you will have 7 days to inspect it. If the guitar does not live up to our hype, send it back! That has always been our policy at Radical Tone and
this will continue to be our policy with Michael Lewis Guitars. If you wish to return the guitar, you will be entitled to a full refund (minus shipping charges) if it ships from you within 7 days after you receive it. After that, you will still have up to 30 days to return it, but a 15% restocking fee will be charged on guitars that aren't promptly shipped back to us.

In order to receive your refund, the guitar must still be in brand new condition, in the case and all paper work, framed certificate and maintenance DVD must be returned with it.

Michael Lewis is very picky (hmm) about his guitars, so rest assured, if the guitar doesn't meet his standards, he won't put his name on it.