I was the very luck winner of the Rutters Strelemaster in the TDPRI fundraiser this year. I’m no George Gruhn, but I’ve played a lot of guitars over the years as an enthusiast and as a former employee of music stores like the Fifth String in Berkeley and Rockin Robin in Houston. The Rutters has to be one of the top I have ever played. If you handle this guitar you immediately see and feel the attention to detail. The fretwork is impeccable. Clearly, Rutters doesn’t accept anything but perfection in workmanship. The highly flamed maple cap soft v neck is chunky without feeling like a baseball bat. The Evo gold frets are neat. The neck has a “soft gloss” nitro finish that is slick without being sticky. The alder body is very light, which I find a little surprising. Total weight is six pounds four ounces. The famous Rutters hardware is used throughout. Cool knobs, switch tip, bridge and saddles, which are straight compensated steel. The control plate is the same as a tele, even though the shape is different. There is a Voodoo 59 tele bridge PU and Voodoo 70 strat Pups in the middle and neck. I haven’t gotten to spend as much time playing the guitar as I would like in the last couple of days, but I have some first impressions. I plugged it into a little Kalamazoo mod 2 I have for living room practice. The guitar really is the best of both worlds. It has beautiful tele bridge tones. As good as I’ve heard. It has great strat middle and neck sounds. Also as good as I’ve heard. It is a real pleasure to play. The guitar exhibits surprising sustain. I will get a chance this weekend to use it in a performance, so I will update this when I can. I’ve shown the guitar to a couple of folks, and their first reaction was “Wow!”. It is a unique looking guitar, and I think beautiful. Rutters really deserves a lot of success as a builder, because the Strelemaster is amazing. He poured a lot of love and skill into its construction. Here are some pics. The neck is so beautiful. The photos don't do it justice.