Depends on definition. For quality and consistency we’ve decided to use CNC for almost all routing and shaping. This includes things like top carves, neck profiles and compound fretboard radius. However routing is only about 10% of whole guitar building. We do many time consuming and demanding parts of the process by hand like sanding, finishing, fretwork and many more.
First 8 singlecut prototypes were built by Malwood in Poland, 6 with ash top and black or black/red finish, 2 with flame maple tops and piezos. You should find pictures of all of them on our Facebook. Many Classic Doublecuts and Singlecuts were built by Skervesen. The easiest way to distinguish them from current production is looking at neck joint – current production is 5 bolt, Skervesen builds are 4…
It’s normal. On first few BlacKat guitars we used to put serial numbers on electronic cavity covers, after that for few years there were no serial numbers and we brought them back in 2016 – hand written on back of the headstock.
Look for it in pictures gallery on Facebook and here, there you can almost all BlacKat Guitars that were ever built except maybe two instruments. If in any doubts, you can send us pictures.
We don’t do formal endorsement contracts but are happy to work with artists on less formal rules. We expect that artist who wants to promote our brand either already owns one of our guitars or at least has played them. Please include information about BlacKat gear you own or have played, short artist/band bio, links to social media and website, links to music. We reserve the right to not answer…
No, since 2014 we are completely independent.
We are based in Warsaw, Poland. We are happy to welcome guests but due to nature of our work (big loud woodworking machines) and location of our office and workshop (next to Tomek’s house) it is possible only with prior appointment.
Blackat Guitars brand was founded by Tomek Slawinski in 2011. In the beginning guitars were ghost built by other companies to Tomek’s specs and design. In 2014 Marcin Badenski joined Tomek and production was moved to company’s own workshop in Warsaw. Guitars are currently built by Tomek and Marcin.