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1987 Sobell 12 String - Archtop Guitar

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Artists who play instruments by this builder: Martin Simpson, Andy Irvine, Ged Foley, Robin Bullock, Al Petteway

Here we have an early 1990's Sobell 12 string Archtop. I've had the opportunity to visit Stefan Sobell several times at his shop in Northumberland and we've chatted about his thoughts that the 12 string design works very well on an archtop body. After playing this guitar it's clear why this works. The archtop creates just the right separation between the notes and make the pairs of strings discrete and clear. This is one of only a handful ever made and as collectible as it is playable.

Here we have an early 1990's Sobell 12 string Archtop. I've had the opportunity to visit Stefan Sobell several times at his shop in Northumberland and we've chatted about his thoughts that the 12 string design works very well on an archtop ...read full description

    Woods & Trim
  • Back/Sides: Indian Rosewood
  • Top Wood: European Spruce
  • Fingerboard: Ebony
  • Neck Wood: Mahogany, 1 Piece
  • Bridge: Ebony Floating
  • Rosette: Herringbone
  • Binding: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Bindings: None
  • Headplate: Rosewood
  • Headstock Bindings: None
  • Headstock Inlay: None
  • Top Trim: Herringbone
  • Back Strip: Rosewood
  • Fret Markers: None
  • Tuners: Schaller Minis
  • Tuner Finish: Gold
    Measurements
  • Body Size: Extra Small (Parlor, 0, Travel)
  • Scale: 25 1/2 in. (647.7 mm)
  • Nut Width: 1 13/16 in. (47.8 mm)
  • String Spacing: 2 3/8 in. (60.45 mm)
  • Body Length: 20 5/8 in.
  • Upper Bout: 11 3/4 in.
  • Lower Bout: 16 1/2 in.
  • Serial #: 88107
  • Body Depth @Neck Heel: 4 1/4 in.
  • Body Depth @Tail Block: 4 7/8 in.
  • Frets to body: 12
    Extras
  • Cutaway: None
  • Pickguard: None
  • Case: Original Hard - Hardshell Case
  • Pickup: None
  • Condition: Very Good Few tiny dings but overall super clean for it's age. Two hairline back cracks repaired by Master Luthier Bill Tippin.
Artists who play instruments by this builder: Martin Simpson, Andy Irvine, Ged Foley, Robin Bullock, Al Petteway
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1987 Sobell 12 String -  Archtop Guitar Player Reviews

Player Reviews:

"Stefan Sobell feels the archtop supports a 12 string best. It gives it clarity and separation, as well as great punch. This Sobell 12 string is very clear and very lively and as Al stated it's super easy to play thanks to a nice straight neck and perfect setup. Stefan only made a few of these so this is also a very collectible Sobell guitar." - Paul Heumiller

"One of the easiest playing 12-strings I've seen, this one has that characteristic clear and punchy tone that Sobell is known for. ...it would be ideal to add to a recording mix or ensemble where the clarity is the most important thing.

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- Al Petteway