tempest retro 2019


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tempest retro 2019

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The tempest retro is a blend of traditional craftsmanship and state-of-the-art technologies.  Combining flowing curves and hard edges, the tempest retro feels smooth while the sound is a throwback to that 60’s & 70’s classic rock sound.

The tempest retro is designed and crafted by our luthier and is part of the limited private stock.

The Tech

To achieve a versatile tone, we combined a hand wound custom single-coil bridge pickup with a fat-sounding humbucker neck pickup.

Neck Pickup

The True Grit humbucker pickup features Alnico V magnets to produce a fat, rich clean tone and punchy driven tone. The True Grit humbucker makes this guitar super versatile and suitable for hot blues, hard rock, grunge and the old school Stones vibe, right through to progressive rock tones.

Bridge Pickup

The hand wound Bare Knuckle True Grit single coil features Alnico V magnets. This medium output coil set produces a rich clean tone and a punchy, gritty driven tone with plenty of attitude. True Grit coils are suitable for hot blues, hard rock, grunge and punk tones.

Three way switching and a push/pull tone pot give you distinct sound options for the ultimate in versatility. The traditional oil paper capacitors and CTS pots ensure a precision audio taper which gives you smooth, accurate response. Crank your guitar up to 10 and the volume swells all the way—no abrupt flattening to choke your playing style.

The Wood

The body and neck are made from hand picked ash and maple hardwoods. They are carefully selected for their tone and resonance, which allows for a surprising amount of sustain.

It’s all about the finish

At Munson Guitars we always prefer to use finishes that leave the grain visible, so you can see the beauty of the wood. The ash body is finished with an indigo denim natural stain over black grain, before adding several coats of traditional nitrocellulose that will allow the finish to age gracefully. The maple neck, which includes a dual action truss rod and contrasting dark walnut skunk strip, is protected and enhanced by a proprietary blend of finishing oil which delivers a hard wearing, yet soft satin feel for a super fast action.

Go on, you know you want one…

Built to inspire, the tempest retro 2019 delivers a traditional tone and will quickly become your go-to guitar.


MODEL The tempest retro 2019
Wood Ash
Finish Gloss nitro over indigo denim natural stain with black grain highlights.
Backplate Ash
Wood North American Maple
Scale Length 25.5” (648mm)
Truss rod Dual Action, adjustable
Thickness 0.73” (18.58mm) at 1st Fret; 0.87” (22.21mm) at 12th Fret
Finish Natural oils with a satin finish for fast action
Wood North American Maple
Radius 9.5” (241.3mm)
Frets 22 Medium
2.4mm wide – 1.2mm high, routed fret slots
Inlays 6mm round paua shell inlays
Nut Graphite Graphtec
Neck Pickup Hand wound Bare Knuckle True Grit Humbucker
Bridge Pickup Hand wound Bare Knuckle True Grit single coil
Controls 1 x master volume (500k CTS)
1 x master tone w push/pull switch (500k CTS)
Switchcraft three switch
Capacitor 22 uf oil paper
Jack 0.25” mono
Tuners Gotoh GSM-05 chrome
Bridge Gotoh GTC-201 chrome hardtail
Knobs Silver knurled
Hiscox Liteflite Standard hard case