Preowned Michael Spalt Totem G0007 “La Calavera”


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.

Totem G0007 La Calavera
This Totem ResinTop “La Calavera” features a Flame Meranti body with a solid Rosewood neck, 25 ½” scale, 6150 frets, Sperzel non-locking tuners, hard tail bridge, recessed Dunlop strap locks, & a Seymour Duncan ’59 pickup. Controls are; Master volume with a push/pull pot to split the humbucker. This Spalt guitar is from the year 2000 and has been in one person’s collection this entire time.


  • Body: Flame Meranti w/ Resin Top
  • Neck: Rosewood
  • Neck Inlay: 12th Fret Skull
  • Scale: 25 1/2″
  • Frets: 6150
  • Bridge: Hipshot Hardtail
  • Tuners: Sperzel Non-Locking
  • Strap Buttons: Recessed Straplocks
  • Pickup: Seymour Duncan ’59
  • Electronics: Volume w/Push-Pull
  • Case Included
  • Weight: 7.1lbs