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John Arnold needs no introduction here. If you know about John, you know how rare this instrument is. His guitars simply don’t come up for sale. It’s not only that rarity that makes this guitar exceptional–it’s also the effortless setup, the powerful voice with its clear, balanced response, the insanely figured Koa body and extra tight-grained Adirondack Spruce top. It’s the experience. Some guitars feel alive in your hands. This 1999 John Arnold D42S Deluxe does it every time you pick it up.
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|Spruce - Adirondack (Red), Koa
Here we have a show-stopping kind of guitar that is one part art piece, one part tone maker, one part historic relic, and one part just plain fun. That may be more parts than most other guitars, but we promise you it fills all these categories and more!
The Weyman Jimmy Rodgers Special was originally designed back in 1927 and features Rib-Style Binding that we rarely see on guitars these days. Fast forward a few decades and John Arnold felt inspired to build a few of his own, and once you’ve held and played this one yourself it isn’t hard to see why: John’s gorgeous tribute to this unique instrument has a crisp, dry voice that swings big like the heavy hitters of the Pre-War Era. In John’s words, the Weyman Special is, “between a Martin and a Larson Brothers, tonally.”
Renowned both as a luthier and tonewood supplier, John Arnold picked out a great set of hand split Adirondack (Red) Spruce for this guitar that has Medullar Rays across the entire top, so you know it’s as perfect a cut as you can get. The Mahogany back and sides provide that nice midrange drive that so many players crave, and the setup is just perfect – as low as you can go without buzzing, even playing full force!
This particular guitar has accrued quite a bit of renown over the years and has even been featured by the Fretboard Journal! You can see what they had to say about this unique instrument when they interviewed John about the guitar here on their site: http://www.fretboardjournal.com/features/online/interview-john-arnold-and-weymann-jimmie-rodgers-special-model-guitar
|Spruce - Adirondack (Red), Mahogany