Cassidy UK Custom Built LP1
Review by Ethan Knox
I’ve been lucky enough to have guitar lessons with Simon Cassidy for the last 8 years and I have seen how he has carefully developed his range of guitars. I’m also lucky to own 3 of his guitars – a Bluesville BV351, an Axeman AX355TK, and now a Cassidy UKCB LP1 which I’m pleased to review below.
Look no more towards the big brands and take a gander at what’s in store for you with this beautiful custom built masterpiece. With the classic LP shape but the feel and playing quality of something ten times better, these outstanding guitars not only keep your pockets healthy but give you sheer performance that just cannot be missed. If you love playing and have always aspired to have the big brand on your headstock look no further and buy something that will really make you smile.
The LP1 is effortless to play, with a nice chunky C Shape neck which fits well to my hand. The attention to detail on fretwork shows with a fluid, smooth, and very responsive fast action.
Using a selection of quality seasoned hardwoods, the LP1 is a nice weight without being too heavy.
The finish on the LP1 (just like the others I own) is amazing.
Top class Gotoh / Seymour Duncan / CTS / Switchcraft components give a real quality feel and combined with the quality woods used in the construction helps to produce a rich full sound with huge sustain. Full LP1 specs as follows :
Body : Solid Mahogany 3 piece Body with Mahogany Set Neck. Solid 2 piece Maple Top Colours : Cherry Sunburst, Tobacco Sunburst
Neck : Set in Mahogany
Fretboard : Indian Rosewood Fretboard with Abalone Trapezoid Inlays and Maple Binding
Hardware : Gotoh 510FA / FB Bridge / Tailpiece and Gotoh SD90 HAPM Vintage Style Locking Tuners
Pickups : Seymour Duncan SH-4 JB for the bridge and SH-2n Jazz Model for the neck
Controls : CTS pots, Orange Drop Capacitor, Vintage Braided wiring
Case : Includes Cassidy LP1D Deluxe Hard Case
These guitars offer amazing quality and value for money. The specifications, components, build quality, setup and finish really do make you feel like you haven’t paid enough. I can’t help but think there must be a catch – but there isn’t!