Available in both the Premier and Deluxe Series, the Brandon Niederauer Atlantic signature model boasts high output in both sound and aesthetic. Imbued with the energy of one of music’s most electrifying young players, the Niederauer Atlantic comes in a custom sonic blue finish paired with satin chrome hardware for an irresistible aesthetic. The Deluxe Series offering comes strapped with a Seymour Duncan custom DA-59 in the neck and an Antiquity humbucker in the bridge for searing vintage tone, while its Premier Series counterpart sports Duncan Designed humbuckers. Both boast c-shape neck profiles and sleek body design, guaranteeing performance comfort for players at every level. Both models are now available at select dealers.
On an overcast Tuesday evening in March, Bob Weir and I settled into a few balcony seats at the Manhattan Center Ballroom in New York City to talk about our latest co-design — the new Deluxe Bob Weir Bedford, which had debuted three months prior at the Winter NAMM show, and two years after our first project, the Deluxe Bob Weir SS.
Bob had come straight from another shoot — an in-depth interview and portrait session with GQ. He sat down, slipped his Birkenstocks off, and cracked a Yerba Mate, seemingly relieved to now have the chance to talk solely about his greatest love and lifelong pursuit — the guitar.
At first glance, the Deluxe Bob Weir Bedford is unassuming enough. Three knobs, three pickups, one five-way selector. But look a little closer, and the variety of tones quickly becomes expansive.
Let’s start with the pickups. In the neck and bridge positions, a Seymour Duncan Stacked P-90. In the middle, a Lollar Blonde—“brighter than a thousand suns,” as Bob says. Easy enough, but it gets a bit complex from there.
Since D’angelico introduced its first solidbodies last year, we’ve been big fans of its fresh approach to guitar design, melding aspects of triedand-tested formats with inspiring new shapes. The Brighton is the latest to join the mid-priced Premier line-up and, although it looks to be the most conventional yet, the features it shares with its D’angelico brethren set it apart from the crowd.
That shape, then: the Brighton’s horns echo a 335, but the body has a whiff of Yamaha’s SG2000 and Revstar outlines, albeit packing Florentine rather than Venetian cutaways, and a lighter weight owing to the basswood