Friedman Cali Guitar, Birdseye Maple Fretboard, Black over Candy Purple over 3-Tone Burst
A true nod to hot-rodded guitars of old, this absolutely killer Friedman Cali "Superstrat"-style axe marries old-school hard rock tone with impeccable playability. This one's in a beautiful three-layered finish: Black over Candy Purple over 3-Tone Sunburst! This is unlike anything we've ever seen, and the aging job is absolutely immense.
The Classic humbucker pickups are modeled after the holy grail of all pickups, a PAF, and they sound very accurate but they definitely pack a little extra punch. There's enough juice to hit pedals and amps hard, while still having the warmth, vintage clarity, and balance that some of today's overwound pickups tend to lack.
The Floyd Rose bridge helps maintain tuning stability while allowing for massive pitch-bending acrobatics. The overall fit and finish of the guitar is incredibly noteworthy. The fretwork is great, and fast runs and riffs on this instrument are simply effortless. The neck is a comfortable level of thin, and the compound radius helps allow for limitless bends up high and easy chord shapes down low.
As also seen with his renowned series of amps, Dave Friedman is a man who really seems to turn anything he touches to gold. His guitar-building endeavor is no different. These are some real-deal guitars that sound phenomenal and feel amazing to play!
Spirit of San Dimas.
Vintage Feel - Modern playability.
Classic Hot Rod Design.
Premium body woods – Dave chose genuine Alder and Ash as the body woods of choice for their classic tonal character.
Necks – Select eastern hard maple with your choice of Indian Rosewood, Maple, Birdseye Maple, Ebony and Pau Ferro fingerboard is available.
Frets – Leveling and overall setup, and ensures maximum modern playability of all Friedman guitars.
Compound Radius – The fingerboard geometry is based on a conical shape rather than cylindrical. The significance is tangible and substantial – a 10”-14” compound radius fingerboard allows for maximum playability with no chance of your strings fretting out when bending. The compound radius is time-consuming and laborious to get exactly right, yet worth-it – and featured on every Friedman CALI.
Tight Pocket and Exclusive Zero-Shift Neck Pins – Neck shifting results in incorrect string alignment and is a challenge for many guitars. A tight neck pocket helps, but in-and-of-itself does not eliminate the problem. CALI guitars raise the bar with the exclusive Zero-Shift Neck Pin design; whereby, two military-grade precision steel dowel pins align the body and neck, eliminating shift altogether. The tonal benefit of this connection is a virtual fusion of the body and neck whereby the transference of vibration is maximized.
Tuners and Bridge – The CALI utilizes modern locking tuners and features a German Floyd Rose locking tremolo system.
Aged Nitrocellulose Finish – Friedman guitars wear a thin nitro finish allowing the wood to breathe.
Custom Friedman Pickups – The Friedman Classic Humbucker is a 'tip-of-the-hat' to the legendary PAF Humbucker... smooth and sweet.
Case included – All Friedman guitars come in a custom G&G case.
Certificate of Authenticity – Friedman carefully inspects each guitar prior to shipping. A serial numbered Certificate of Authenticity is included.
- Model: Cali
- Body Wood: Alder
- Aging: Heavy (Body), Medium (Neck)
- Color: Black over Candy Purple over 3-Tone Burst
- Neck Wood: Birdseye Maple
- Scale Length: 25.5”
- Fretboard Wood: Birdseye Maple
- Fretboard Inlays: Dots
- Frets: 22 Jescar
- Nut: Locking
- Bridge: Floyd Rose Double-Locking Tremolo
- Tuners: Gotoh Locking Tuners, Black
- Hardware Color: Black
- Neck Pickup: Friedman Classic Humbucker (Direct Mount)
- Bridge Pickup: Friedman Classic Plus Humbucker (Direct Mount)
- Controls: Volume, 3-Way Toggle
- Case: Custom G&G Case Included
- Instrument Weight: 7.6 lbs