Josh Smith's Custom Arcade Model

In the world of Blues, Jazz, and R&B, Josh Smith has gained a reputation for his tasteful rhythm playing and creative, scorching lead work. Josh is a well established Producer, session musician and recording artist with a huge following - check out the video below and you’ll immediately understand why!

This custom Arcade Model was a super fun collaboration between Josh and the Frank Brothers - the concept was to successfully interpret a few key iconic elements from vintage Korina Gibson Explorers and apply them to the FBGC platform without compromising either designs.

We started with high quality African Korina (aka White Limba) for the Body and Neck, and a CITES documented Brazilian Rosewood fretboard. The pickguard and electronics cavities were the next step and the main aesthetic nods to the Explorer. A design for the pickguard was hand drafted by Tim and imported to Rhino CAD software by FBGC collaborator Mark Kett where it was and refined and smoothed. Finally, the electronics cavities were resigned for the classic Dual Vol./Master Tone Explorer configuration.

A Vintage Gloss finish was applied to the whole body along with an amber tint. Once wet sanding and polishing was complete, the guitar was placed into our deep freezer to check the finish and give it that aged lacquer look!

Josh supplied a pair of JW Restoration PAF Style Humbuckers for the guitar which gave it that authentic clarity, bite and mid-range punch! Vintage Brown electronics cavity covers and aged hardware completed this Arcade’s Explorer transformation!

Customer Profile: Jarrod P.

Customer Profile: Jarrod P.

What I wanted was EXACTLY what I got. It actually had more “personality” to the sound than I expected from two P90s. A fierce and angry bridge, a beautiful and almost quacky middle position, and a round, warm neck tone, that still cuts well.

Customer Profile: Ryan G.

Customer Profile: Ryan G.

Ryan from Chicago tells us about his Koa Ultra Light and his experience with Frank Brothers.

Guitar Magazine Review

Guitar Magazine Review

“Instruments as good as this have a habit of stopping time…extraordinary clarity and precision…bags of sustain…hypnotic…encourages you to step outside of the familiar.”

Finance Your Guitar

Finance Your Guitar

PayPal Credit offers US customers a secure and easy interest free financing option for items that are paid in full within 6 months.

The Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail

Josh O'Kane on the Arkells with a nice little shout out to Frank Brothers.

Osheaga Festival

Osheaga Festival

The Beaches and James Bay performed at Osheaga Festival with their Frank Brothers guitars!

Podcast

Podcast

The Knobs interview the actual Frank Brothers of…Frank Brothers Guitar Company. And, drumroll, it is the 100th episode!

Podcast

Podcast

Nick and Tim Frank Interviewed on the Adventures In Design Podcast with Mark Brickey 

Toronto Custom Guitar Shop

Toronto Custom Guitar Shop

Looking for a Toronto custom guitar shop?

Make an appointment for a shop tour and come try some guitars and see how they're made! 

Record Store Day Event

Record Store Day Event

Celebrate with Frank Brothers at a record pressing plant. Live music with Only Yours, live art, record swap and sale, food trucks and more!

Podcast: James Bay on Frank Brothers

Podcast: James Bay on Frank Brothers

Music Connection Podcast episode featuring James Bay

Hear James talk about Frank Brothers guitars, playing on SNL, how he put together a killer band, and much more!

James Bay in Rolling Stone

James Bay in Rolling Stone

Article Features James Bay's New Music Video

James Bay and new music video 'Pink Lemonade' features James Bay playing a Frank Brothers Signature Model in Trillium White.

Arkells: Single of the Year & Fan Choice!

Arkells: Single of the Year & Fan Choice!

2018 JUNO Awards

We were thrilled to see Arkells win Single of the Year and Fan Choice at this 2018 JUNO Awards. Read more on about Arkells and their award, and check out the video of them performing at the Awards Ceremony.

Billboard Features James Bay

Billboard Features James Bay

Billboard Article Features James Bay with his Frank Brothers Guitar

James Bay Gives Fans an 'Electric Light' Preview at the iHeartRadio Theater

Arkells at the Junos!

Arkells at the Junos!

Arkells to perform at the 2018 Juno Awards

Mike DeAngelis of Arkells and his Frank Brothers Guitar at the Juno Awards!

James Bay in The Guardian

James Bay in The Guardian

The Guardian: James Bay review – sex, sparkles and shades of Prince in husky revamp

Electric Brixton, London
The troubadour behind Hold Back the River has ditched the hipster hat for thigh-length boots – and a sleek new sound