Michael Spalt ResinTop Totem Guitar “Monkey Business”


The Michael Spalt “ResinTop” guitars a unique process marrying a tonewood back with a clear resin coating on the top into which decorations and inclusions can be applied. After experimenting with various types of resin, Michael developed this process, allowing him to assemble objects and assorted bric-a-brac into a homogenous guitar body. The resin is formulated to accomodate the thermal expansion and contraction of the wood and it is sonically transparent. The wood used for the back supplies the basic tonal characterstics and structural stability, while the wood choices for the neck allows to dial in the coloration of the sound. The resin adds sustain and its tonal effect is similar to a “maple cap over mahogany body” effect-sparkle and transparency in the upper frequency ranges. As with a conventional guitar the choice of hardware and pickups also plays a large role in determining the sound of the instrument.

Each ResinTop Totem guitar is a unique instrument, both tonally and aesthetically.


G1207 Monkey Business
This Totem ResinTop “Monkey Business” features a Mahogany body with a highly flamed Maple neck with a Madagascar Rosewood fingerboard, 25 ½” scale, 6150 frets, Gotoh vintage style tuners, tele style bridge with compensated saddles, recessed Dunlop straplocks, BoneTop Tele & P-90 pickups. Controls are; volume, tone with pull switch pickups in series and 3-way switch.

  • Body: Mahogany
  • Neck: Flame Maple
  • Fretboard: Madagascar
  • Scale: 25 1/2″
  • Frets: 6150
  • Bridge: Tele Style w/Compensated Saddles
  • Tuners: Gotoh Vintage
  • Strap Buttons: Recessed Straplocks
  • Pickups: BoneTop Tele & BoneTop P-90
  • Electronics: Volume, Tone w/Pull for Series, 3-Way Toggle
  • Case Included
  • Weight: 7.1lbs