1997 Gibson Chet Atkins SST Steel String Acoustic/Electric Guitar

This is one of two SST steel-strings (the other is a '93 in "natural" finish) a local musician brought in. He had us bypass the onboard preamp and wire the undersaddle pickup directly to the output jack. After that it just needed a level/dress of the frets and glorified setup work.

These sound excellent plugged-in, are essentially solidbody instruments except for a small "sound chamber" near the bridge, and also have pretty killer stage presence with their lack of a soundhole, star inlays in the board, and classical-guitar-influenced cutaway shape.