Trent Guitars - Model 1 Hardtail build - Available to be reserved


About Trent Guitars
Made near the south coast of the UK, 2021 founded Trent Guitars lead by owner and maker Elliott Trent has quickly gained a great following due to the design, quality and eco friendly unique approach to guitar making. Elloitt's workworking comes from experience in cabinet and furniture making, running his own business in the field for a decade prior to Trent Guitars. So although the Trent brand is a pretty fresh one, the passion for the craft and attention to woodworking detail goes way beyond the brand's birth. You can read more about Elliott's history and ethos via a great interview with here

The first Trent guitar I saw was via the great Guitar Nerds Podcast group, and some photos shared of a classy british green Model 1. The lovely headstock shape, painted to match the body adorning a really neat, modern yet almost retro logo/type caught my eye first. But I was glad to see the body shape was just as good, with a super clean offset design. I have followed ever since and am now very very proud to say I am a Trent Guitars dealer right here in the heart and centre of the UK; Stourbridge in the West Midlands! 

The Model 1
The Model 1 is an offset single cut guitar design, it's clean, striking yet somewhat familiar design has provided Trent Guitars with a springboard for the brand as the first model introduced in the range. 
Trent Guitars don’t use bone or hide glue in the workshop, so their guitars are vegan friendly in that sense, and with no nasty chemicals, solvents, or polyurethane resins used, the Model 1 happens to be one of the cleanest guitars on the market. Trent use a signature water-based ‘thin skin’ finish, which is durable but wears in beautifully, doesn’t react with guitar stands and is considerably less polluting than nitro or PU finishes. 
Reviewed by Guitar Magazine with a superb 9/10, editors choice award and nominated for their following Gear of the Year awards too, it's safe to say they have been receiving high praise from the industry too. 

I have personally spec'd this build, taking inspiration from a Trent prior customer build which I have included in the example photos on this listing. But please note, as this specific build isn't yet made, I am unable to provide finished full spec photos, but I hope the example photos will help visualise the specs better.

The body will be finished in the lovely Oyster White, open grain signature finish. There will be a 1 ply Acrylic tort pickguard, which when backed by the white body will really allow the colours and texture of the tort to show. Hardware will all be Trent, with his own hardtail bridge and compensated brass saddles, brushed to match the control plate and neck plate on the reverse. Control knobs will be our very own, Home of Tone 'UFO' black anodised items which always suit a Trent build well! And to compliment those black control knobs and the brushed hardware, I have spec'd this build with the utterly brilliant McNelly Pickups Stagger Swagger, noise cancelling P90s with 'open black' covers and raw nickel surrounds. Pickup selection is via a CRL 3 way blade switch located on the lower 'horn'. 
It will be 25.5" scale length, so Tele, Strat or Jazzmaster players will feel at home on this one, with a classic C profile neck, 6 in line tuners and a 43mm nut width. 


  • Handmade from start to finish by one craftsman in the South of England

  • Obeche body

  • 25.5” scale length

  • 12” radius fretboard

  • Chunky “C” carve maple neck (21mm-23mm)

  • Neck is attached with 4 bolts into steel threaded inserts

  • Bolivian Rosewood fingerboard

  • 1/4” Dot inlays

  • 21 Jescar 47095 frets

  • Oyster White body finish
  • 1ply Acrylic tort pickguard
  • Locally made custom bridge plate with brass compensated saddles

  • McNelly P90 sized Stagger Swagger noise cancelling P90 pickups

  • Locally made custom neck and control plate in brushed stainless.

  • 43mm TUSQ XL nut

  • Kluson Deluxe Style Tuners.

  • CTS 500k volume & tone pots

  • Treble bleed tone circuit as standard.

  • CRL 3-way blade switch.

  • Fully water-based open grain “thin skin” finish

  • Hiscox Hardcase.

This build is already on the wait list and is expected to be finished and arrive here at the Home of Tone by mid-late August. You are more than welcome to secure the build as a pre-order should you wish, if this is of interest and you'd like to skip some of the wait time then by all means get in touch and I can help organise this for you.

Build due to be completed mid-late August