The Burl Beast


The Burl Beast is made from a single piece of mahogany with a poplar burl cap. The back has a belly carve and the front is shaped for the arm before the cap is attached. The burl is stabilised with epoxy to give a smooth surface and indentations made for the potentiometers. The mahogany is stained to highlight the grain and natural colours of the wood and the burl top is stained with an amber dye which emphasises and blends beautifully with the natural figure and burl patterns in the wood. The double cut horns of the beast are carved and the neck pocket is rounded for better access to the upper section of the fret board.


This guitar has a plain maple bolt on neck and pau ferro fretboard with the dual action truss rod. The truss rod access hole is decorated with aged copper leaf. Mother of Pearl or metallic rod markers with epoxy fill are used to mark the fret positions. The neck in custom versions of this guitar (as shown here) can be made from flamed maple. Hipshot locking tuners provide excellent tuning stability and wide Nickel-Silver fret wire is used and complemented with a hand-carved bone nut. The fret board comes with or without an inlayed gecko motif. The neck has 22 frets and uses a scale length of 25 inches or 635 mm. This scale length is mid-way between Gibson and Fender standards and introduces a balanced tone at concert pitch. The neck is stained a light amber colour and made to look "rustic" in keeping with the body colours and a satin oil finish enhances the grain of the wood.

Pickups and Hardware

The burl beast features zebra style (black and white) humbucker pickups from Iron Gear as standard. The rolling mill pickup in the neck position provides mellow tones, The hot slag pickup at the bridge is packs a punch and provides filthy power. Various wiring options are available, but a 5 position super-switch is used as standard. Position 1, 3 and 5 switches between neck, neck + bridge and bridge pickups. Positions 4 and 5 select inner and outer coils of the neck and bridge pickups that are in reverse phase to give a "quacky" sound often associated with Stratocasters. A more standard wiring with a simple 3-way switch can be used instead with push pull pots to coil split the Humbucking pickups.

A hipshot hardtailed bridge is used for this model. Pickups can be mounted directly to the body or with pickup surrounds such as the chrome ones used in the example shown here.

Technical Specifications
Body Material
1 piece Mahogony
Body Cap
Poplar Burl
Pau Ferro
Nickel Silver Wide/Medium (2.62 x 1.16 mm)
Fret Marker Dots
Mother of Pearl or Metalic
Hipshot Locking Tuners (Chrome)
Hipshot low profile hardtail bridge/
Neck Pickup
Iron Gear Rolling Mill Humbucker
Bridge Pickup
Iron Gear Hot Slag Humbucker
3 way standard with Push pull coil tap pots or 5 way out reverse phase option
Hand made Bone
Body Finish
Neck Finish

Ordering and Delivery
Guitars in stock can be despatched within a few days of receipt of order. Otherwise, guitars are made to order. A small deposit is required to cover materials. Delivery is usually between 8-12 weeks but please contact us for current delivery times. Guitars are supplied with a hard case as standard.

NAH Guitars
Letchworth Garden City, SG6 1SA.
Mb: (+44) 07751 088686
Nick Hartell