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1987 Sobell 12 String - Acoustic Guitar

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12-String players, gather round: we've got one of the all-time greats in the store today: a 1987 Sobell 12-String Archtop! Stefan Sobell is recognized as one of the original builders of Irish bouzouki, and other double-stringed instruments, and his long career attests to decades spent honing his craft. It is always a pleasure to have one of his guitars in the shop, and it's even more of a pleasure to have one of his 12-String Archtops. With Indian Rosewood back and sides and a carved European Spruce top, this guitar has a rich and dynamic range, with octave strings that project with clarity. What's more, this guitar features 12x12 construction: it is both a 12-String and a 12-fret guitar. When these two design features are brought together, the result is effortless playability and an enveloping, complex tonality. Finally, Sobell believes that a 12-string design is best supported by an archtop body--and it's clear why that is: the arched top 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 is as collectible as it is beautiful.

12-String players, gather round: we've got one of the all-time greats in the store today: a 1987 Sobell 12-String Archtop! Stefan Sobell is recognized as one of the original builders of Irish ...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: Large
  • 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. A few tiny dings, two hairline back cracks repaired by Master Luthier Bill Tippin, and one small soundhole crack repaired by luthier Ken Jones.
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 -  Acoustic 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. Stefan has made only a few of these, so this is a rather collectible guitar." - Paul Heumiller

"Bright and singing mids and highs are the primary characteristic of this 12-string. This would be a wonderful addition to any collection. It is unique and adds a texture that is unobtainable from other 12-strings, almost a bouzouki quality, which makes sense given the builder. 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