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2007 Victor Baker 16″ Archtop #200, Flamed Maple/Sitka Spruce
Number 200 is a milestone, indeed, so why not celebrate it? Enter: Victor Baker’s archtop #200. Pulling out all the stops in 2007, baker carved 25-year-old Sitka Spruce for the top, pairing with tightly flamed Maple for the back and sides, as well as neck and bindings. The number 200 is inlaid at the top and back, and the fretboard is stamped no.200 at the bottom corner of the extension. Floating Kent Armstrong humbucker with volume and tone knobs, Ebony tailpiece reinforced with brass, and gold Gotoh tuners at the headstock. This 16” archtop weighs in at a little over six pounds, and plays very smoothly with a quick and lively response. The Armstrong bucker is rich and fat for plugging in, but this one holds its own when played acoustically as well.
Check out this additional video featuring Duane Simpson: https://youtu.be/HMO13OH-4_g
Other keywords: vb, duane simpson, flamed maple, tkl, mop, f holesSale Price: Sale! Add to cart
Scale Length 25 in Nut Width 1.68 in String Spacing 2.25 in Woods Spruce - Sitka, Maple - FlamedAdd to Compare
2017 Bashkin SJ, Oregon Myrtle/Italian Spruce
Such a delight to visit with this beauty. Michael Bashkin builds premium grade modern fingerstyle instruments, just like this 2017 SJ with Myrtlewood back and sides plus Italian Spruce on top.The voice is characterized by clarity, balance, and smoothness, equally at home in Standard tuning as it is in DADGAD and some C tunings (thanks to the 26-25.4″ multiscale fingerboard). Frets are dressed with semi-hemispherical fret ends, making for a very smooth playing experience under your fingertips. At the headstock you’ll find a delicate inlay scheme with micro purflings looping across the headplate veneer and between the Waverly tuners. All of this comes wrapped in a Hoffee flight case with an added layer of Thinsulate for maximum protection.
And when you aren’t playing this slice of sweet lutherie from Michael, check out his Luthier On Luthier podcast for extensive, in-depth interviews with some of our favorite builders on the scene today!
Other keywords: lutherie, luthier, guitarbuilding, fingerpicking, 145Sale Price: Sale! Add to cart
Scale Length 25.4 in - 26 in Nut Width 1.781 in String Spacing 2.219 in Woods Spruce - Italian, MyrtlewoodAdd to Compare
2015 Beardsell 3GMS25/27, Leopardwood/Lutz Spruce
One look, and you’re intrigued. One note, and you’re hooked. This powerhouse 2015 3GMS from Allan Beardsell‘s shop is here to dazzle the eyes and humble the ears. Let’s start with the basics. You know, like the double soundports which pour sweet active bass notes right into your ear. Or the oval soundhole and its spiderweb-like rosette, or the arm and back bevels which meld smoothly with the bindings. And let’s not forget the unique three-piece Selmer-style cutaway or the multi-scale Ebony multiscale fingerboard with 27″ scale length on the low E and 25″ on the high E. As if all that wasn’t enough, the back and sides are made of a beautiful set of Leopardwood, and the top is lightly figured Lutz Spruce. When these woods (and that exhaustive list of options) combine, the effect is overwhelming: this is a guitar with an electrified, energetic voice that pops, sizzles, and screams. The low-end, in particular, is very crisp and loud, thanks to the multiscale arrangement, and the middle and upper registers have heaps of headroom. Overall, the 3GMS/25/27 exhibits the kind of agility and responsiveness, perfect for fast, smooth playing, that one would expect from a much smaller build.
Here’s an additional demo with Al Petteway: https://youtu.be/010dSDWlzAE.
And here’s another demonstration, this time with Beardsell’s neighbor and fellow luthier extraordinaire, Jordan McConnell: https://youtu.be/ZjxoyGpd-58Sale Price: Sale! Add to cart
Scale Length 25 in - 27 in Nut Width 1.75 in String Spacing 2.25 in Woods Spruce - Lutz, LeopardwoodAdd to Compare
2018 Beauregard Facettes Archtop 16,” Quilted Maple/Spruce
Mario Beauregard’s touch with chisel and plane, sandpaper and file, is unparalleled. This 2018 Facettes Archtop 16″ is an absolute feat of modern lutherie! Sumptuously figured Maple back and sides, Spruce top, gold Lollar pickup with volume and tone at the pickguard; upper bout soundport; effortless playability and response. This instrument is like inspiration in wood form. Mario engineers the top with these arcing facets that feature subtle soundholes integrated into their centers–we can’t imagine how he pulls this off so well–which you’ll also find across the carved Maple back for continuity. Note how the pickguard descends to a point above the bridge, its outside edge matching the curves of the facets. Setup is butter smooth and slinky, and this 2018 Beauregard comes wrapped up in a custom Hoffee case for maximum protection.
Other keywords: lutherie, luthier, guitarbuilding, duane simpson, fingerstyle, evo, gotohSale Price: Sale! Add to cart
Scale Length 25 in Nut Width 1.75 in String Spacing 2.188 in Woods Spruce, Maple - QuiltedAdd to Compare
2019 Michel Belair “Hommage a Daniel Friederich,” Indian Rosewood/Cedar
Canada’s Michel Belair has rendered a faithful homage to one of Classical Lutherie’s late masters, Daniel Friederich, with this model from 2019. Belair, a professional musician in addition to being a builder, has owned two Friederichs, #557 and #763, the latter of which was used as the basis for this Hommage model. Belair was able to use Friederich’s personal notes from that build in order to dial in every aspect of the build, from the density and deflection of the Cedar top (with matching grain and coloration to the original) to the interior side laminations of Mahogany (Rosewood outside) and Rodgers tuners. The result is phenomenal. The instrument sings; clarity across all the registers, with a powerful and balanced bass response that pairs well with sweet, articulate trebles.
Other keywords: classical guitar, classical, nylon string, luthier, lutherie, fingerstyle, marquetry, handmade, 137, canadian, french polish, steve newbrough, andy jurik
Additional performance by Steve Newbrough: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLow4fGvEykSale Price: Sale! Add to cart
Scale Length 25.6 in Nut Width 2.05 in String Spacing 2.25 in Woods Cedar - Western Red, Rosewood - IndianAdd to Compare
2010 Blazer & Henkes Déjà Vu San Antonio 28, Brazilian Rosewood/Austrian Moonspruce
How sweet can a guitar be? Apparently, just a little bit sweeter. This 2010 Déjà Vu San Antonio 28 from Blazer & Henkes is what dessert would be if it also contained all the richness, vitamins, and nutrients of a three course meal. Which is to say, this B&H OM is the complete package. Receptive to a light attack, plus headroom for heavier, gorgeous tonewoods throughout, and an expansive midrange that makes for an enveloping voice that feels instantly familiar to your ear. The back and sides are Brazilian Rosewood, and on top they’ve used a set of Austrian Alpine Moonspruce with a bit of bearclaw figuring for added drama. Elsewhere, vintage 28-style appointments. Now, the practice of using moon-harvested Spruce goes back for hundreds of years, and Willi and Rudolph have garnered their premium supply from loggers who harvest strictly according to the traditional moon calendar for forestry, namely during a new moon phase when the water content inside wood cells is at its lowest and in the fall when Spruce trees are in their resting period. The result is a quality of Spruce that dries faster, matures more quickly, and is less prone to shrinking damage over time. We’ve always loved Moonspruce because, well, it sounds great! But there’s so much more that goes into making it such a premium top wood offering.
Other keywords: lutherie, luthier, guitarbuilding, 19, fingerstyle, om-28Sale Price: Sale! Add to cart
Scale Length 25.4 in Nut Width 1.75 in String Spacing 2.281 in Woods Spruce - Moonspruce, Rosewood - BrazilianAdd to Compare
Brand New Bortolozzo Crossover, Flame Maple/Torrefied Alpine Spruce
The modern player needs a modern instrument to keep up with. Enter: the Bortolozzo Nylon Crossover. This featherweight crossover has the easy string feel and warmth of a classical guitar, but in a contemporary crossover package that offers ergonomic features for an even easier playing experience, as well as a modern aesthetic that sets it apart from the crowd. Marco offers us a very cool bevel cutaway here, flawlessly executed, plus radiused fretboard and a 1 3/4” nut that will feel very familiar for steel string players. Ditto for the slender C profile neck. Finish throughout is a matte oil finish that truly feels like velvet in hand, and no doubt contributes to the overall light build weight—this Bortolozzo Crossover weighs in around 2.5lbs! Flamed Maple back and sides plus a Torrefied Alpine Spruce top, here making for a quick and lively string energy paired with a smooth and colorful bass response.
Ready to strap into a powerhouse nylon crossover that’s only going to get better with age? Sign on with this Bortolozzo and you won’t regret it.
Here’s an additional performance video with the amazing Muriel Anderson playing this Bortolozzo Crossover: https://youtu.be/ErJUhIyQSRY
Other keywords: nylon-string, fingerstyle, andy jurik, 101, flame maple, classical crossoverSale Price: Sale! Add to cart
Scale Length 25.625 in Nut Width 1.75 in String Spacing 2.156 in Woods Spruce - Alpine, Maple - FlamedAdd to Compare
2008 Bourgeois Country Boy Deluxe NAMM, Tree Mahogany/Adirondack Spruce
When it’s NAMM, you gotta pull out all the stops. And with The Tree, those are some pretty hefty stops. The Bourgeois team decided to go all in for this 2008 Winter NAMM special Country Boy Deluxe with Tree Mahogany back and sdies, Adirondack Spruce top, and an explosively powerful voice. Excellent note separation and clarity, with a top end that’s crisp to cut through the mix, and an energetic midrange and bottom end to fill it out. Premium condition, ready for more action, number eight of only eight.
Other keywords: dana bourgeois, dreadnaught, will saylor, 004491Sale Price: Sale! Add to cart
Scale Length 25.5 in Nut Width 1.719 in String Spacing 2.25 in Woods Spruce - Adirondack (Red), Mahogany - The TreeAdd to Compare
1994 Bown Parlor, All-Koa
Koa, Koa, Koa! This beautiful 1994 Ralph Bown Parlor guitar features a Koa back, sides, and top and an incredibly punchy, balanced, singing tone. Mahogany neck and Ebony fretboard deliver the standard in superb action all the way up the neck. Originally owned by Martin Simpson, and his then wife, Jessica Simpson. Ralph Bown builds for Clive Carroll, John Renbourn, Martin Simpson and many other UK greats. This guitar is a treat to look at (and play) and is very hard to put down. Sweet in every way.
Check out this additional video featuring Al Petteway on this Bown parlor: https://youtu.be/JKbr5WAsUNw
Check out this video of Clive Carroll performing an Elizabethan lute tune, “Preludium” here: www.youtube.com/watchSale Price: Sale! Add to cart
Scale Length 25.25 in Nut Width 1.75 in String Spacing 2.25 in Woods Koa, KoaAdd to Compare
2012 Breedlove OM Deluxe Custom, Brazilian Rosewood/Red Spruce
For this 2012 OM Custom model, the Breedlove team opted for a more traditional aesthetic, and they nailed it. Classic OM curves plus squared off headstock, plus Brazilian Rosewood body and Red Spruce top, with a clear and articulate voice that works well for fingers and pick work. Satin neck with a very soft V profile; open back Gotoh tuners; weighs in right at four pounds. This OM Custom comes to us from the Jayson Bowerman era of Breedlove guitars.
Other keywords: fingerstyle, orchestra model, brazilain, 12742Sale Price: Sale! Add to cart
Scale Length 25.5 in Nut Width 1.75 in String Spacing 2.313 in Woods Spruce - Adirondack (Red), Rosewood - BrazilianAdd to Compare
Brand New Bresnan GS, Brazilian Rosewood/Adirondack Spruce
Gorgeous from tuners to tail, our latest brand new Bresnan GS is sharp dressed and packing serious tone. Brazilian Rosewood back and sides with some sweet figuring pairs with Adirondack Spruce on top for crispness, power, and headroom. This GS holds up handsomely under a heavier attack, thanks to this stiff Adi top. The voice combines a warm bass response with a wide midrange and focused trebles for a clean, dynamic response. The GS body occupies that sweet spot between big and small, allowing the player an extensive palette of different tunings and attacks.
Other keywords: lutherie, dan bresnan, sean bresnan, fingerstyle, 2102, brazilain, adriondackSale Price: Sale! Add to cart
Scale Length 25.4 in Nut Width 1.75 in String Spacing 2.25 in Woods Spruce - Adirondack (Red), Rosewood - BrazilianAdd to Compare
Brand New Brondel “The 18,” Honduran Mahogany/Adirondack Spruce
Laurent Brondel’s The 18 is a powerhouse guitar inspired by, and in some ways surpassing, the classic prewar Martin OM. This one features Honduran Mahogany back and sides, Red Spruce top, and a few modern features like a carbon fiber reinforced neck and EVO frets. A dark shade top finish immediately grabs the eye, but is almost forgotten once you actually put fingers to strings–the voice is quick and lively, goes from 0 to 100 in a flash, and is just downright fun. Looking for a modern take on a prewar classic? Brondel’s The 18 will do nicely!
Other keywords: fingerpicking, 18-style, 18 style, 230407, pre-warSale Price: Sale! Add to cart
Scale Length 25.4 in Nut Width 1.75 in String Spacing 2.313 in Woods Spruce - Adirondack (Red), Mahogany - HonduranAdd to Compare
2019 Michel Brück Double Top, Brazilian Rosewood/Cedar
A rare delight which we are so grateful to offer up today: a 2019 Michel Brück Double Top with Brazilian Rosewood and Cedar. The quality of the tonewoods and the fit and finish alone makes for an exquisite instrument. Then there’s the sheer amount of color and dynamism, power and projection, that Brück manages to coax out of the build—that’s what makes this a lifetime instrument. Rodgers tuners add elegance to the aesthetic package, and a slim build weight just over three pounds makes this an effortless guitar to play; and with an elevated fingerboard you’ve got better access to those uppermost frets. Additionally, Brück added side dots at the fifth and seventh frets for creature comfort. This one is in a class all its own.
Other keywords: lutherie, luthier, fingerstyle, andy jurik, nylon string, 216, bam
Here is an additional performance from our own Andy Jurik : https://youtu.be/x0B61Y8kgWYSale Price: Sale! Add to cart
Scale Length 25.6 in Nut Width 2.063 in String Spacing 2.375 in Woods Double Top - Cedar, Rosewood - BrazilianAdd to Compare
2012 Galloup G-9CE 17″ Archtop, Hard Maple/Sitka Spruce
Smooth sailing across the fretboard, slick playability and juicy amplified tone–this 2012 G-9CE from Bryan Galloup is a dream machine for the archtop player. Figured Maple back and sides with carved Sitka Spruce top, custom Kent Armstrong humbucker with volume at the pickguard, and a slim play weight of five pounds makes for an easy-playing experience and sharp-dressed aesthetic. Especially considering it’s a full size 17 inch lower bout.
Here’s an additional video with Duane Simpson playing this beautiful Galloup archtop: https://youtu.be/4yDYWAQiiuo
Other keywords: galloup studios, 1211, ken armstrong, gotoh, flame maple, visesnutSale Price: Sale! Add to cart
Scale Length 25 in Nut Width 1.75 in String Spacing 2.125 in Woods Spruce, MapleAdd to Compare
2019 Bastien Burlot Alkemia Chartres, Indian Rosewood/Engelmann Spruce
Bastien Burlot has been a staple of French lutherie for years, having built guitars for such giants as Thomas Viloteau and the late Roland Dyens, cultivating a unique voice that combines the power and presence of modern styles with the warmth and elegance of tradition for a simultaneously fresh, and timeless, flavor. Recently, Burlot launched a new project that ties these two ideas even more snugly: the Alkemia Series. These Classicals are inspired by the most famous cathedrals in France, with the first in this series being the Alkemia Chartres Cathedral (found about an hour outside of Paris). The tightly patterned mosaic rosette is modeled directly after the stained glass windows of the church, and inside the guitar the label features a labyrinth in homage to the floor of the cathedral’s nave. Here pilgrims have gathered for hundreds of years to walk the labyrinth in contemplation.
Here’s an additional video with Andy Jurik playing the lovely “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” (J.S. Bach) on this Burlot Classical: https://youtu.be/3vq-Wdupyek
Other keywords: classical guitar, classical, nylon string, luthier, lutherie, fingerstyle, marquetry, handmade, french polished, steve newbrough, andy jurik, hiscox, 118Sale Price: Sale! Add to cart
Scale Length 25.6 in Nut Width 2 in String Spacing 2.27 in Woods Spruce - Engelmann, Rosewood - Indian