Agape Guitars


Tanner's Black and Red Protos

Tanner's ProtosRich ChaffinsComment
strung up

Guitars make great gifts, as you have seen before. This one isn't a surprise, as the owner actually did some of the early work on it. (Don't worry, I fixed it after his first time on the router.) Routing the roundover

Specs for this black and red Protos:

One piece alder body, black gloss maple/maple neck, black headstock/red logo, black dots red pickguard, black & red hardware Sperzel locking tuners, Gotoh bridge Duncan JB humbucker in the bridge position

Come with me on the journey!

Test fit of the output jack

Headstock cut to shape.


Before it's black and red.

Control holes drilled

Primer on.


Black gloss going on.

black gloss

Getting shiny.


Almost there.

strung up

headstock hardware

Stop back soon to see the final product and listen to a demo!

In the meantime, what do you think? Painted finish? Dyed? Just let the wood do its thing? Let me know your thoughts here or you can come check out my Facebook page and let me know there!

The Protos Twins

Protos TwinsRich ChaffinsComment

Greetings, kind reader! It's been way too long since I've updated this page, but I assure you, I've been a busy, busy, busy. Today I'd like to show you my twins. I have two Protos models in production, and I'm happy to announce that they are available for you! If you're interested, just use the contact form to get in touch.

Now, let's show these beauties off!


Alder bodies, semi-hollow Quilted maple tops, one autumn sunset, one faded denim finish maple necks, rosewood fretboards Grover locking tuners Wilkinson bridges Arcane '56 Tele bridge and wide-range neck humbucker in one, Arcane Ultratrons in the other.

Protos 1:

Protos 1


Protos 2 (love the bit of spalt in the corner!):

Protos 1

Protos 1 routed out:

Protos 1 route


Protos 2 routed out:

Protos 2 route


Fresh out of binding!

Protos bound


Logos applied:

Protos logo


For more pictures and updates on the progress of these guitars, be sure to follow me on Instagram and on Facebook.


Protos bass for sale!

Ben's Protos bassRich ChaffinsComment

Hey, everyone! Want to catch a deal on a sweet, handmade bass? Then read on! I built this one for my friend Ben a few years ago, and I'm lending a hand in helping him sell it. The original rosewood neck developed a severe twist after a year or so, so I built a brand new neck for it a couple of months ago. Ben has this to say about this 4-string Protos bass:

"The bass can produce a really versatile array of tones due to the Bartolini 5.1 9V preamp and Bartolini humbucker/J pickup configuration. A three band EQ with a parametric push/pull mid ensure that you can dial in any tone from an aggressive, Musicman style growl to a wide, fat P bass impression. The finish on the neck is smooth as silk and the spalted maple top is a real eye catcher. The Hipshot Ultralight high-ratio open gear tuners help prevent neck dive and the D-tuner on the low E string makes moving to alternate tunings a snap. I used this bass in contemporary worship, country and studio projects all with great results. The only reason I'm parting with this beauty is that my current touring gig requires a different vibe and I could use some other equipment that better suits a recording rig that I'm building."

The specs:

Swamp ash body w/ spalted maple top;

flamed maple neck with coal dust and oil finish, cocobolo fretboard and backstrap, abalone fret markers; bone nut;

Bartolini humbucker and J-Style pickups; Bartolini 5.1 preamp;

black hardware;

Hipshot Transtone bridge, Ultralite tuners and X-tender

Some pictures, then the original demo video:

back bass back2 bassbody downneck headstock headstockback

And the original demo video:

Let me know if you're interested. Thanks for looking!