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New Laskin Small Steel String - Three Wise Men - Acoustic Guitar

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Just in time for John Lennon 70th Birthday, Grit Laskin completed our latest commission. This guitar was a complete joy for us and what Grit came up with may be one of his most memorable Inlay themes to date. Here what Grit has to say about the project - "I was asked[by Dream Guitars Owner Paul Heumiller] to explore the general theme of "Peace". I chose to incorporate portraits of three people who I feel have done more for the promotion of peace around the world than anyone else in our time. These three are: Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama and John Lennon. Mandela and the Dalai Lama are on the headstock, depicted within the shape of a hand displaying the peace sign. On the fretboard, on a series of 5 different placards, of the kind one would see being hand-held in a street march, are the lyrics from Lennon's song: "All we are saying is... give peace a chance". And John is peering out from behind one of the signs. The inlay was created with 4 different types of shell, 9 different types of stone, metal, then engraved. It took 80 hours to complete." - Grit Laskin We could not be more delighted with any guitar. The body, extraordinary Brazilian Rosewood and Sitka from Grit's amazing stash, features dual bevels, a soundport and a cutaway. The voice is angelic, sonorous and sweet with lots of energy. But the artwork is sublime, so realistic and so poignant, as only Grit Laskin could create.

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Artists who play instruments by this builder: Paco Pena, Rik Emmett

Just in time for John Lennon 70th Birthday, Grit Laskin completed our latest commission. This guitar was a complete joy for us and what Grit came up with may be one of his most memorable Inlay themes to date. Here what Grit has to say about the project - "I was asked[by Dream Guitars Owner Paul Heumiller] to explore the general theme of "Peace". I chose to incorporate portraits of three people who I feel have done more for the promotion of peace around the world than anyone else in our time. These three are: Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama and John Lennon. Mandela and the Dalai Lama are on the headstock, depicted within the shape of a hand displaying the peace sign. On the fretboard, on a series of 5 different placards, of the kind one would see being hand-held in a street march, are the lyrics from Lennon's song: "All we are saying is... give peace a chance". And John is peering out from behind one of the signs. The inlay was created with 4 different types of shell, 9 different types of stone, metal, then engraved. It took 80 hours to complete." - Grit Laskin We could not be more delighted with any guitar. The body, extraordinary Brazilian Rosewood and Sitka from Grit's amazing stash, features dual bevels, a soundport and a cutaway. The voice is angelic, sonorous and sweet with lots of energy. But the artwork is sublime, so realistic and so poignant, as only Grit Laskin could create.

    Woods & Trim
  • Back/Sides: Brazilian Rosewood
  • Top Wood: Sitka Spruce
  • Fingerboard: Ebony
  • Neck Wood: Mahogany
  • Bridge: Ebony
  • Rosette: Mosaic
  • Binding: Ebony, Laskin Armrest and Ribrest Bevels
  • Fingerboard Bindings: Ebony
  • Headplate: Ebony
  • Headstock Bindings: None
  • Headstock Inlay: Custom Three Wise Men Inlay
  • Top Trim: Wood Lines
  • Back Strip: Marquetry
  • Back Plate: None
  • Fret Markers: Custom Three Wise Men Inlay, see description
  • Tuners: Gotoh 510s
  • Tuner Finish: Chrome With Ebony Buttons
    Measurements
  • Body Size: Small
  • Scale: 25 1/2 in. (647.7 mm)
  • Nut Width: 1 3/4 in. (44.5 mm)
  • String Spacing: 2 1/8 in. (54.1 mm)
  • Body Length: 19 5/8 in.
  • Upper Bout: 11 1/4 in.
  • Lower Bout: 15 in.
  • Serial #: 160210
  • Body Depth @Neck Heel: 3 3/4 in.
  • Body Depth @Tail Block: 4 in.
  • Frets to body: 12
    Extras
  • Cutaway: Florentine
  • Pickguard: Clear
  • Case: Calton Deluxe Flight Case
  • Pickup: None
  • Condition: New
Artists who play instruments by this builder: Paco Pena, Rik Emmett
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"When I work with an builder of Grit Laskin's level I prefer to give them just an idea and let them create something special. That is when magic, like this 'Three Wise Men' guitar can happen. I humbly believe that this will be a guitar that Grit Laskin is remembered for. The realism in the face of Nelson Mendela and the Dalai Lama and the placement of them within the profile of a hand forming a peace sign is powerful. The incorporation of the lyrics on protest signs with John Lennon peering from behind reminds one of the struggles that move us forward as a people. The message of the inlay will only be matched, I imagine, by the music yet to come from this instrument. The voice of which, is sonorous and as full of color as Grit's artwork. This guitar, 'Three Wise Men', is in my opinion among Grit Laskin's very best. " - Paul Heumiller

"I'm a Peacenik from way back and this guitar appeals to me for that reason and because it is an extremely high quality instrument. It belongs in a museum, but it would be a shame for it not to be played. The tone is clear and distinct, like all of Grit Laskin's guitars, and perfect for fingerstyle playing. I love it." - Al Petteway