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James Trussart is one of the few builders who has broken the mold of traditional guitar making. Working with steel as the primary material, he produces guitars that are as unique in appearance as they are in tone. Trussart is a musician-turned-luthier. The Parisian native began his career as a fiddler, accompanying Cajun singer-songwriter Zachary Richard in the late 70s, before turning his attention to crafting violins and later guitars in 1980. From his current So-Cal home workshop (where he’s resided since 2000), Trussart crafts custom steel-bodied guitars, basses and violins in a dazzling array of finishes, reminiscent of shiny chrome resonator instruments and rusty, weathered or fossilized discarded machinery. “I’ve always like the look and feel of old guitars, believing them to have a life beyond that of their creator,” says Trussart. “And I wanted to somehow emulate that effect of age and history on my own guitars. I wanted to make a guitar that came with a history and a slight element of neglect, of decay, so it had a personality of its own. Trussart’s creations are designed to have the look and feel of a vintage instrument with the added appeal of a metal construction. His “Rust-o-matic” technique involves leaving the guitar body exposed to the elements for several weeks, allowing it to corrode before treating it to stop the corrosion. He then sands it to replicate years of distress, and then finishes it with a clear satin coat. Many of the Trussart models features patterns either engraved or literally imprinted into the metal bodies or on the pickguard or headstock. Engraved skulls, roses and tribal art are some of the more common themes, while others feature textures of alligator skin or plant materials. He literally sandwiches the metal with the alligator skin and lets it sit in water for several days. Various pickup options are offered like TV Jones, Arcane-inc, & Seymour Duncan. Neck options offered are the classic radius and shape guaranteed to fit the most demanding players needs.

Rebel Guitars is an authorized dealer of James Trussart Guitars.

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James Trussart Steel S Classic in Seafoam Green

The new James Trussart Steel S Classic features a lightweight wood body and has the look and feel of a vintage instrument, but also features the engraved steel parts, relic’d […]

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Preowned James Trussart Red Star Steelcaster

The SteelCaster has the look and feel of a vintage instrument with while also featuring the exclusive hollow steel body and custom metal appointments. The steel while also being the […]

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Preowned James Trussart Maroon on Cream Pinstripe SteelCaster

The SteelCaster has the look and feel of a vintage instrument with while also featuring the exclusive hollow steel body and custom metal appointments. The steel while also being the […]

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Preowned James Trussart Rust-O-Matic Pinstripe SteelTopCaster

The Deluxe SteeltopCaster has the look and feel of a vintage instrument while also featuring another James Trussart original invention: the recessed steel top plate. The metal plate sits in […]

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Preowned James Trussart Rust-O-Matic Pinstripe SteelTeleMaster

The SteelTeleMaster combines the chambered wood body of the SteelMaster with the control plate, bridge, and pickguard of a SteelCaster. This model has the same pickup options as the SteelCaster. […]

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Preowned James Trussart SteelDeville Rust On Cream Snakeskin

The SteelDeville is a classic single cutaway design with a Hollow steel body and a wood neck that is both beautiful to look at and to play. The 24.5” scale […]

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James Trussart SteelReso Pinstripe

Here is a James Trussart Rust-O-Matic Pinstripe SteelReso featuring the new Arcane JT Custom neck pickup paired with a Fishman acoustic sensor pickup for a wonderful blend of swampy tones. […]

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James Trussart Rust on Cream Roses Deluxe SteelCaster with B5 Bigsby

The Deluxe Steelcaster has the look and feel of a vintage instrument but also featuring the modern Trussart exclusive hollow steel body and custom metal appointments. The steel body, while […]

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Preowned James Trussart Rust-O-Matic Steelcaster

The SteelCaster has the look and feel of a vintage instrument with while also featuring the exclusive hollow steel body and custom metal appointments. The steel while also being the […]

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James Trussart Rust on Cream Dragon Steeldeville

The SteelDeville is a classic single cutaway design with a Hollow steel body and a wood neck that is both beautiful to look at and to play. The 24.5” scale […]

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Preowned James Trussart Satin Black Antique Silver Pinstripe SteelDeville

The SteelDeville is a classic single cutaway design with a Hollow steel body and a wood neck that is both beautiful to look at and to play. The 24.5” scale […]

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James Trussart Rust-O-Matic Pinstripe Steel-O-Matic

The Steel-O-Matic has the look and feel of a vintage instrument while also featuring another James Trussart original invention: the recessed steel top plate. The metal plate sits in a […]

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Preowned James Trussart Guitars Steelcaster Rust-O-Matic

The SteelCaster has the look and feel of a vintage instrument with while also featuring the exclusive hollow steel body and custom metal appointments. The steel while also being the […]

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Preowned James Trussart Steelcaster in Rust-O-Matic

The SteelCaster has the look and feel of a vintage instrument with while also featuring the exclusive hollow steel body and custom metal appointments. The steel while also being the […]

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James Trussart Snakeskin Steel-O-Matic Richard Fortus Model

The Steel-O-Matic has the look and feel of a vintage instrument while also featuring another James Trussart original invention: the recessed steel top plate. The metal plate sits in a […]

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James Trussart Rust-O-Matic Pinstripe SteelDeville with Bigsby

The SteelDeville is a classic single cutaway design with a Hollow steel body and a wood neck that is both beautiful to look at and to play. The 24.5” scale […]

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James Trussart Cream on Red Pinstripe SteelCaster

The SteelCaster has the look and feel of a vintage instrument with while also featuring the exclusive hollow steel body and custom metal appointments. The steel while also being the […]

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James Trussart Rust-O-Matic Pinstripe SteelCaster

The SteelCaster has the look and feel of a vintage instrument with while also featuring the exclusive hollow steel body and custom metal appointments. The steel while also being the […]

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James Trussart Red Star Black Holey Steelcaster

The SteelCaster has the look and feel of a vintage instrument with while also featuring the exclusive hollow steel body and custom metal appointments. The steel while also being the […]

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James Trussart Rust-On-Cream Roses Deluxe Steelcaster w/ Piezo

The Deluxe Steelcaster has the look and feel of a vintage instrument but also featuring the modern Trussart exclusive hollow steel body and custom metal appointments. The steel body, while […]

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Preowned James Trussart Rust-on-Cream Snakeskin Holey SteelDeville

The SteelDeville is a classic single cutaway design with a Hollow steel body and a wood neck that is both beautiful to look at and to play. The 24.5” scale […]

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James Trussart Satin Gold Pinstripe SteelDeville

The SteelDeville is a classic single cutaway design with a Hollow steel body and a wood neck that is both beautiful to look at and to play. The 24.5” scale […]

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James Trussart Cream-On-Rust Gator Engraved Steelcaster

The SteelCaster has the look and feel of a vintage instrument with while also featuring the exclusive hollow steel body and custom metal appointments. The steel while also being the […]

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James Trussart Shiny Nickel Holey SteelDeville

The SteelDeville is a classic single cutaway design with a Hollow steel body and a wood neck that is both beautiful to look at and to play. The 24.5” scale […]

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James Trussart Red Star Steelcaster

The SteelCaster has the look and feel of a vintage instrument with while also featuring the exclusive hollow steel body and custom metal appointments. The steel while also being the […]

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James Trussart Rust-O-Matic Pinstripe Steelcaster

The SteelCaster has the look and feel of a vintage instrument with while also featuring the exclusive hollow steel body and custom metal appointments. The steel while also being the […]

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James Trussart Cream On Black Skulls Deluxe Steelcaster

The Deluxe Steelcaster has the look and feel of a vintage instrument but also featuring the modern Trussart exclusive hollow steel body and custom metal appointments. The steel body, while […]

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James Trussart Black on Steel Holey Skulls Steelcaster

The SteelCaster has the look and feel of a vintage instrument with while also featuring the exclusive hollow steel body and custom metal appointments. The steel while also being the […]

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Preowned James Trussart Rust-O-Matic Pinstripe SteelDeville with B7 Bigsby

The SteelDeville is a classic single cutaway design with a Hollow steel body and a wood neck that is both beautiful to look at and to play. The 24.5” scale […]

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James Trussart SteelResoGator Rust-O-Matic Pinstripe

Here is a James Trussart Rust-O-Matic Pinstripe SteelResoGator. This has both the piezo and acoustic sensor pickups for a wonderful blend of swampy tones. The Lace Ultra Slim Acoustic Sensor™ […]

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James Trussart Satin Black Pinstripe Deluxe SteelCaster with B5 Bigsby

The Deluxe Steelcaster has the look and feel of a vintage instrument but also featuring the modern Trussart exclusive hollow steel body and custom metal appointments. The steel body, while […]

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James Trussart Rust-O-Matic Pinstripe Holey Front Steelcaster

The SteelCaster has the look and feel of a vintage instrument with while also featuring the exclusive hollow steel body and custom metal appointments. The steel while also being the […]

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James Trussart Rust-O-Matic Pinstripe Steelcaster

The SteelCaster has the look and feel of a vintage instrument with while also featuring the exclusive hollow steel body and custom metal appointments. The steel while also being the […]

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James Trussart Rust-O-Matic Cream Star Steelcaster

The SteelCaster has the look and feel of a vintage instrument with while also featuring the exclusive hollow steel body and custom metal appointments. The steel while also being the […]

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James Trussart Rust-O-Matic Pinstripe Paisley Steelcaster with B-16

The SteelCaster has the look and feel of a vintage instrument with while also featuring the exclusive hollow steel body and custom metal appointments. The steel while also being the […]

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James Trussart Cream Pinstripe SteelDeville with Dragon Back

The SteelDeville is a classic single cutaway design with a Hollow steel body and a wood neck that is both beautiful to look at and to play. The 24.5” scale […]

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James Trussart Antique Silver Gator SteelDeville

The SteelDeville is a classic single cutaway design with a Hollow steel body and a wood neck that is both beautiful to look at and to play. The 24.5” scale […]

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James Trussart Antique Silver Gator Pickguard SteelCaster

The SteelCaster has the look and feel of a vintage instrument with while also featuring the exclusive hollow steel body and custom metal appointments. The steel while also being the […]

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James Trussart Rust On Cream Snakeskin Holey Front SteelDeville

The SteelDeville is a classic single cutaway design with a Hollow steel body and a wood neck that is both beautiful to look at and to play. The 24.5” scale […]

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James Trussart Rust-O-Matic Pinstripe Roses Deluxe Steelcaster

The Deluxe Steelcaster has the look and feel of a vintage instrument but also featuring the modern Trussart exclusive hollow steel body and custom metal appointments. The steel body, while […]

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James Trussart Antique Silver Snakeskin Steel-O-Matic

The Steel-O-Matic has the look and feel of a vintage instrument while also featuring another James Trussart original invention: the recessed steel top plate. The metal plate sits in a […]

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James Trussart Satin Black Pinstripe SteelDeville

The SteelDeville is a classic single cutaway design with a Hollow steel body and a wood neck that is both beautiful to look at and to play. The 24.5” scale […]

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Preowned James Trussart Red Star Black Holey Steelcaster

The SteelCaster has the look and feel of a vintage instrument with while also featuring the exclusive hollow steel body and custom metal appointments. The steel while also being the […]

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James Trussart Red Star Holey Steelcaster

The SteelCaster has the look and feel of a vintage instrument with while also featuring the exclusive hollow steel body and custom metal appointments. The steel while also being the […]

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James Trussart SteelResoGator Antique Silver Snakeskin Engraved

Here is the first Antique Silver Snakeskin engraved James Trussart SteelResoGator. This has both the piezo and magnetic pickups for a wonderful blend of swampy tones. The magnetic pickup has […]

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Preowned James Trussart Rust-O-Matic Pinstripe Deluxe Steelcaster w/TV Jones

The Deluxe Steelcaster has the look and feel of a vintage instrument but also featuring the modern Trussart exclusive hollow steel body and custom metal appointments. The steel body, while […]

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James Trussart Guitars Antique Silver Snakeskin Reverse SteelMaster

The SteelMaster has the look and feel of a vintage instrument while also featuring another James Trussart original invention: the recessed steel top plate. The Patented Recessed metal plate sits […]

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James Trussart Red Star Steelcaster

The SteelCaster has the look and feel of a vintage instrument with while also featuring the exclusive hollow steel body and custom metal appointments. The steel while also being the […]

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James Trussart Rust-On-Cream Snakeskin SteelDeville

The SteelDeville is a classic single cutaway design with a Hollow steel body and a wood neck that is both beautiful to look at and to play. The 24.5” scale […]

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James Trussart Satin Black Red Star Holey SteelDeville

The SteelDeville is a classic single cutaway design with a Hollow steel body and a wood neck that is both beautiful to look at and to play. The 24.5” scale […]

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James Trussart SteelResoGator Satin Black Pinstripe

Here is the first Satin Black Pinstriped James Trussart SteelResoGator. This has both the piezo and magnetic pickups for a wonderful blend of swampy tones. The magnetic pickup has a […]

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James Trussart Rust-O-Matic Deluxe Steelcaster

The Deluxe Steelcaster has the look and feel of a vintage instrument but also featuring the modern Trussart exclusive hollow steel body and custom metal appointments. The steel body, while […]

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James Trussart Deluxe Steelcaster Seafoam Green on Cream Pinstripe

The Deluxe Steelcaster has the look and feel of a vintage instrument but also featuring the modern Trussart exclusive hollow steel body and custom metal appointments. The steel body, while […]

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James Trussart Satin Black Pinstripe Antique Silver Holey SteelCaster

The SteelCaster has the look and feel of a vintage instrument with while also featuring the exclusive hollow steel body and custom metal appointments. The steel while also being the […]

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Preowned James Trussart Rust on Cream Dragon Steeldeville

The SteelDeville is a classic single cutaway design with a Hollow steel body and a wood neck that is both beautiful to look at and to play. The 24.5” scale […]

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James Trussart Rust On Cream Dragon Engraved SteelDeville

The SteelDeville is a classic single cutaway design with a Hollow steel body and a wood neck that is both beautiful to look at and to play. The 24.5” scale […]

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James Trussart Satin Black Pinstripe SteelDeville with B7 Bigsby

The SteelDeville is a classic single cutaway design with a Hollow steel body and a wood neck that is both beautiful to look at and to play. The 24.5” scale […]

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James Trussart Rust-O-Matic Pinstripe Deluxe Steelcaster w/Neck Humbucker

The Deluxe Steelcaster has the look and feel of a vintage instrument but also featuring the modern Trussart exclusive hollow steel body and custom metal appointments. The steel body, while […]

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James Trussart Satin Black Pinstripe Deluxe Steelcaster

The Deluxe Steelcaster has the look and feel of a vintage instrument but also featuring the modern Trussart exclusive hollow steel body and custom metal appointments. The steel body, while […]

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James Trussart Black on Cream Roses Deluxe SteelCaster with B16 Bigsby

The Deluxe Steelcaster has the look and feel of a vintage instrument but also featuring the modern Trussart exclusive hollow steel body and custom metal appointments. The steel body, while […]

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James Trussart SteelResogator Electric in Titanic Green

Straight from the 2013 NAMM Show is the James Trussart SteelResoGator in Titanic Green. Availble in acoustic or electric versions, this one has the piezo and magnetic pickups for a […]

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James Trussart Antique Brushed Gold African Steelcaster

The SteelCaster has the look and feel of a vintage instrument with while also featuring the exclusive hollow steel body and custom metal appointments. The steel while also being the […]

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James Trussart Pinstriped SteelCaster

The SteelCaster has the look and feel of a vintage instrument with while also featuring the exclusive hollow steel body and custom metal appointments. The steel while also being the […]

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James Trussart Rust O Matic Cream Star Deluxe Steelcaster

The Deluxe Steelcaster has the look and feel of a vintage instrument but also featuring the modern Trussart exclusive hollow steel body and custom metal appointments. The steel body, while […]

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James Trussart Steelcaster-Red Star

This used James Trussart Steelcaster has a Red Star finish over a holey top and back. Alligator engraved pickguard and headstock. Features a maple fretboard & two Seymour Duncan pickups. […]

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James Trussart Deluxe Steelcaster

The Deluxe Steelcaster has the look and feel of a vintage instrument but also featuring the modern Trussart exclusive hollow steel body and custom metal appointments. The steel body, while […]

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James Trussart SteelResoGator Electric

Introduced at the 2012 NAMM Show is the James Trussart SteelResoGator. Availble in acoustic or electric versions, this one has the piezo and magnetic pickups for a wonderful blend of […]

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James Trussart Steelcaster-Rusty Star

This James Trussart Steelcaster features a painted star over a Rusty finish, ’62 maple neck and two Arcane pickups. The SteelCaster has the look and feel of a vintage instrument […]

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James Trussart Deluxe Steelcaster-Skulls

This used James Trussart Deluxe Steelcaster has a Fiesta Red finish over a skull engraving. Features a maple neck & two Arcane pickups. The Deluxe Steelcaster has the look and […]

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James Trussart Steelcaster 1st Dragon engraved

This used James Trussart Steel Steelcaster is the first to have the dragon engraving. Features a birdseye maple neck & two Arcane pickups. This actual guitar has been used in […]

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James Trussart Steel Deville 1st Dragon engraved

This used James Trussart Steel Deville is the first to have the dragon engraving. Features include the Dragon engraved Antique Silver body, aluminum bound ebony fretboard & two Arcane pickups. […]

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James Trussart Deluxe Steelcaster in Paisley

This used James Trussart Steelcaster is Seafoam Green over Cream Paisley engraved with an Arcane bridge single coil and an Arcane neck humbucker pickups. The Deluxe Steelcaster has the look […]