California Classic®
Expertly Handbuilt In Los Angeles California

The Xotic XSC guitars are hand built in the USA and feature nitrocellulose finish, flame roasted maple neck treated with oil for the ultimate in playability and Raw Vintage hand wound pickups based on Xotic's own proprietary design. Body and guitar necks are premium grade tone woods for full lush lows and shimmering highs resulting organic, woody tones that works well with all styles of music.

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Rich Tone & Feel is the ResultCreating the best instrument was the Goal

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Roasted maple provides enhanced stability which means only a minimum amount of finish is required. This gives the neck the smooth feel of natural wood and a multi-dimensional sound that is more reflective of the player's nuances. Our standard grip profile is SRV (slight D shape on the bass side and C shape on the treble).

The Xotic California Classic® is equipped with our proprietary Raw Vintage pickups which contribute to a full "open" sound and tightness with a sweet spanky high end, firm lows, and mids with a great complexity and a punchy attack. RV-50 and RV-60 single coil pickups are carefully hand wound at our Los Angeles shop.

Our guitar bodies are made from high grade tonewood which have been properly seasoned. We added neck joint stability with very tight tolerances for stable tuning. We went to great lengths to research the most appealing body shape with period specific contours for a great classic looks and comfortable feel.

Our finishes are significantly thinner and lighter in weight than conventional guitar finishes. Nitrocellulose Lacquer is known to have excellent aging characteristics for musical instruments. When the guitar ages properly it promotes a lower damping coefficient meaning greater warmth, longer sustain and louder volume.

Finally, we believe the guitar should play very easily without fatigue. Thus, it is essential to have a proper setup: adjusting the nut, the amount of bow in the neck, level of the frets and heights of strings for incredibly comfortable playability. Our highly trained luthiers carefully inspect each instrument and perform a highly detailed setup that brings out the full potential of the instrument insuring each guitar plays it's very best.

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The California Classic Is All About Tone

Xotic Guitars California Classic Series XSC + Allen Hinds

"My Love" by Toshi Yanagi

"Your Love Is Broke" by Johnny Hawthorn

Xotic California Classic Demo with Kenny Echizen playing Amazing Grace

Xotic California Classic XSC-1 Demo with Michael Thompson

Xotic California Classic XSC-1 Demo with Dean Brown

Xotic California Classic XSC-1 Demo with Oz Noy

Xotic California Classic XSC-2 Lake Placid Blue Demo with Allen Hinds

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We offer varying degrees of aging for your Xotic Guitar. Choose from light, medium or heavy aging. From finish checking on the nitrocellulose lacquer to the plastic and metal parts, your hand-built guitar will arrive on your doorstep with all the mojo of a well played guitar.

Get more vintage vibe with Xotic’s aged finish options and say hello to an old…um, new friend.

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