Chapman Guitars has two new ML2 Thomann Special Edition models due for imminent release. The guitars were first mentioned last year and were seen floating around the other week at this year’s Winter NAMM. And now, they’re up for pre-order!
Chapman Guitars ML2 Thomann Special Edition
Chapman Guitars has teamed up with the folks over at Thomann to give us two new ML2 Thomann Special Edition guitars. Both guitars are variations of the popular Chapman ML2 design.
The new models are stripped-back, single-pickup, no-nonsense versions of the ML2 and are similar in their construction. The main differences are the choice of pickup and the colour.
These new models have a mahogany body and set neck, with a 25” scale length. The neck has a C shape and the Macassar ebony fingerboard has 22 jumbo frets and pearl dot inlays. There’s also a wraparound bridge and a set of Chapman Classic Closed 18:1 ratio tuners. Both guitars are made in Indonesia.
Chapman Guitars ML2J Trad Teal Ltd
The ML2J Trad Teal Ltd, as the name suggests, is available in a Teal finish, which, along with the off-white binding, looks really classy to me. I think it suits the single-cut design really well.
The guitar comes loaded with a single Chapman P90 pickup in the bridge position wired via a volume and tone control. To be fair, that’s all you really need with a single pickup guitar. As a result, it leaves the guitar looking neater and uncluttered.
The model is currently available to pre-order. A left-handed version can also be had, for exactly the same price, without any added charges. Other manufacturers take note! Chapman Guitars uses a voting system with fans/buyers to create its products. I think it really paid off this time. This guitar looks stunning and has the potential to be a real little tone monster.
Chapman Guitars ML2J Modern Deep Cherry
The ML2J Modern Deep Cherry is a ‘modern’ version of the same stripped-back, single-pickup design philosophy. It’s basically the same guitar, but comes equipped with a single Chapman Stentorian Zerø Humbucker in the bridge position instead. No binding this time, but I think the Deep Cherry finish looks great.
RRP: All models EUR 599 incl. deluxe gig bag