John Backlund’s over-the-top-retro-futuristic guitar designs are truly unique but very few have ever had the opportunity to own one – until now. John has partnered with the Eastwood Custom Shop to bring these designs to life. Introducing the Backlund 100…

Originally available from J Backlund Designs from 2007 to 2012 – these guitars were handmade by master luthier Bruce Bennett & usually cost between $3500-$7000 USD. The guitars were very rare but were noticed by artists like Joe Walsh who had a mint green & black Backlund model custom made for him. Then in 2013 they re-badged as Retronix – a new line of affordable instruments from J Backlund Design Guitars made in Korea. The Retronix JBD-100 was one of the designs made in a short-lived run.

But now Backlund have partnered with the Eastwood Custom Shop to bring their designs to the masses. After a successful online KickStarter project the guitar is reborn as the Backlund 100 and is now commercially available.

The guitars are built in the Mirr Music Co. factory in South Korea – the same company that makes Reverend guitars.

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  • Body material: Mahogany
  • Finish: Polyurethane
  • Pickguard: plastic with brushed metal-looking finish
  • Neck material: Mahogany
  • Fingerboard material: Rosewood
  • Neck shape: Soft C
  • Scale length: 24 3/4″
  • Fingerboard radius: 14″ (350mm)
  • Number of frets: 24 1/2
  • Fret size: Medium Jumbo
  • Nut width: 1 5/8″
  • Position markers: Dot
  • Pickup (neck): Custom Wound Blade type
  • Pickup (bridge): Custom Wound Double Coil
  • Pickup Switching: 3-way Blade Style
  • Controls: Volume, Tone
  • Hardware finish: Chrome
  • Bridge options: wraparound hardtail
  • Weight: 7 1/2 lbs
  • Colors: Metallic Blue, Metallic Red, Mint Green & Black
  • Country manufactured: South Korea

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