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Shade I - Red

Limited Edition - Approx. €446,00

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Incl. 20% Tax, excl. Shipping Cost

Availability: In stock

Delivery Time: 7 - 14 days


Hutchins Shade I Guitar

A new release from Hutchins Guitars - Special Edition - Limited numbers available.

Here's what top London Session guitarist Bill Leisegang said:

"Wow! That is some awesome guitar, lovely neck, easy to play, great balance both standing and sitting, pretty light and what a sound! I’m blown away … it’s coming to the next gig! Just recorded a bit for Sonoton GmbH with it and keeps its tuning … Bob’s your uncle … a great working guitar. Feels and sounds like a LP Junior or TV on the neck pickup with just a touch of Gretsch sparkle on top of a Gibbo bridge humbucker sound. It’s a contender for my 68 Les Paul, touch of the Gary Moore tones at high volume."

Top German session player Mark Twang says:

" is an amazing Guitar. I only played it through my blues junior so far here at home,...but man,...this Guitar plays like dream and it sounds just the way I want a Guitar to sound. Both Pickups sound perfect and they match perfectly. They sound is absolutely great and the combination is amazing,... a great sounding Guitar! This is exactly what I was looking for. It also looks beautiful,it is truly a piece of Art. It will definitly become my main Guitar on Stage."

Our confidence in our guitars and basses is so passionate that we offer you a 20 day return period for any guitar or bass purchased directly from Hutchins Guitars. If you are not 100% happy with your guitar or bass and it doesn't live up to your expectations then you can return it for a full refund or exchange. We will even arrange and pay the return postage.*

*(Conditions: The guitar must be returned in the same new condition as it was supplied. This offer is to be used for home and studio trials … not to be gigged for a month and then returned !! ) 

A twin pickup single-cut tone-blender that’s more than a little special

 Like the double-cut Shade II, the Shade I has similar roots: a throw-back to the simplistic, stripped down guitars that qualified as ‘student’ models back in the day. But despite its affordability it edges into boutique custom territory by mixing up the classic guitar styles and materials and coming out sounding extremely grown-up.

Again it uses a lightweight uncontoured alder slab body; the maple neck glues in and its shorter unsupported neck length, created by the single cutaway outline, combined with Hutchin’s very vintage-y, late fifties Kalamazoo-like neck profile, maximises sustain and squeezes out a little more low-end. It has a near perfect weight too, that not only balances on the strap but feels more akin to a fine old vintage solidbody – ideal too for those long practise sessions and gigs.

The chrome-plated fixtures and fittings all fall into the classic realm but remember the bridge here is fully adjustable – unlike those single-piece wrapover bridges used on numerous low-end guitars back in the day that are impossible to properly intonate. Another key point of the Hutchins design is the straight string pull over the nut to the efficient vintage-style tuners ensuring excellent tuning stability even with vicious low-position string bends; the angle-back headstock, meanwhile, means that there’s the correct amount of break angle for the strings over the nut to ensure a clean ring and sustain without restoring to string tress. The bound blackwood tec fingerboard goes for simple dot markers and chunky, well-fitted frets that let you get on with the job in hand. Above all it feels classic, vintage: it feels very familiar.

 It might have a single cutaway, hence its name, but the Shade I has two pickups: the distinct-looking hot PAF-like humbucker placed in the Hutchins ‘sweet spot’, a little more forward from the bridge than most, paired with a soapbar single coil positioned right at the end of the 22-fret fingerboard. It’s not hampered by a tricky switching system either, just master volume and tone separated by a 3-way toggle selector and, like the Shade II, a rugged metal-plate-mounted output jack on the guitar’s side.

And if the Shade II is all about direct sound, the Shade I centres on diversity. The humbucker kicks off in that similar bright-yet-powerful territory that’s a rock rhythm player’s best friend, especially for slightly cleaner power chording, while adding gain it still retains clarity and bite. Switch over to the soapbar and it’s – by design – quite a contrast: a smoother, flute-y voice that doesn’t mush out like many neck-placed humbuckers: there’s a clarity here that’s blues expressive and plugged into a smaller, cleaner amp its plenty plummy enough for those jazzy gigs. We all use pedals, right? Well, the Shade II’s clarity and resonance is a perfect match for dense modulations and delays while proving quite a chameleon for gnarly, garage rock-like fuzztone sounds.

Aside from being a perfect start-up guitar for the serious student, the Shade I will appeal to many a more seasoned player. It’s simple, to the point but with a range of sounds that span the decades and genres and a playing feel that punches above its class.

A guitar with personality, a real rock & blues guitar with an individual look & sound. Single cutaway guitar featuring one Hutchins Vintage 90 (HV90) single coil pickup and one Hutchins Vintage Round-sound (HVR24) humbucker. Hi-gloss Cardinal Red finish with tortoiseshell scratchplate. Set in neck.

All Hutchins guitars are limited special editions, shipped with certificate.

Only a small number of this first edition in Cardinal Red will be made.

Ships with padded Hutchins bag.

Designed in the UK.

Try one today!


Instrument: Shade I



Body Shape Shade I Single Cutaway  
Wood (Solid Body) Alder  
Wood Top    
Wood Back    
Wood Sides    
Binding Top  None  
Binding Back  None  
Binding Sides  None  
Neck Wood Maple  
Construction One Piece  
Headstock Shape Hutchins Shade  
Logo and Artwork Script  
Neck Joint Set  
Joint At 16th Fret  
Thickness Neck + FB At 1st Fret 21mm  
Thickness Neck + FB Near Heel 22mm  
Heel Cap    
Fingerboard Wood Blackwood Tec  
Scale 24.7" / 62.7cm  
Nut Width 42mm  
Width At 12th Fret 50mm  
Inlays Dots  
Binding None  
Side Dots Yes  
Number Of Frets 22  
Bridge Material Metal   
Type Tuneamatic  
Finish Top    
Body Red  
Neck Red  
Hardware Tuners Single Chrome  
Tuner Buttons Chrome  
Tailpiece Fixed  
Nut Material Bone  
Pickguard Tortoiseshell  
Pickup Neck Single coil. P90   
Pickup Middle    
Pickup Bridge Humbucker  
Potentiometer Knobs Chrome. Volume & Tone  
Setup Action Bass String at 12th Fret 2mm  
Action Treble String at 12th Fret 1.3mm  
We're constantly improving our products therefore all specifications are subject to change.
Additional Information
Shipping Weight (kg) 3,00 kg
Product Weight (kg) No
Delivery Time 7 - 14 days