Mike Potvin has earned his reputation as a luthier's luthier. Not only does he single-handedly build his high-quality Potvin Guitars but he also makes templates and jigs that other builders depend on to develop and produce their guitars. Founded in 2008 in Canada's capital city of Ottawa, Potvin Guitars has created a line of innovative, modern guitars that draw inspiration from the playability of vintage instruments and the styling of classic muscle cars.
Periodically, Mike collaborates with Josh Grove of Protocaster Guitars. Their goal is to appoint these contemporary instruments with a decidedly vintage look. A perfect example of this is Project 58, which is aged authentically to replicate the look and feel of decades of subtle and natural playing wear.
This project was inspired by Doug Myer's personal 1958 Gibson Les Paul Junior. It is an exceptionally fine example of an LP Junior in terms or raw tone and comfortable playability. From that example, Potvin Guitars made the first small batch of Project 58's, which were finished to look as new. These guitars were very well received and continued to be cherished by their owners.
Realizing that the guitars could be made closer to the original specification and desiring a more worn in look, Protocaster Guitars was enlisted to finish the guitars in a gently aged fashion. This small batch was limited to just four and this Project 58's serial number is "8 1902".
I was first impressed with this guitar's well-loved and well-played vintage look. I was then blown away by the feel of the substantial yet totally comfortable neck. Once I heard its long sustain and lively tone, I knew was a very special guitar. It has all the mojo of the few remaining, stellar examples of late-50's Juniors.
|Finish||Aged TV Yellow|
|Neck Shape||Full/Soft V - .930" @ 1st fret & .997" @ 12th fret|
|Frets||22 - Medium/High - .095" wide x .045" tall|
|Neck-to-Body Attachment||Set Neck - Long Tenon|
|Pickup||Lollar P-90 Dogear|
|Controls||Volume & Tone|
|Tuners||Kluson Deluxe Tuners|