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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
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
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
1991 Gibson L-4 CES Master Model, All Mahogany
Black as night and sweet as sin. This 1991 Gibson Master Model L-4CES is a tall, dark drink of water with a wide range of tones under the hood. Warm neck position down to a quacky bridge position with strong motown vibes; it does it all, and so well at that. Mahogany body with Mahogany top, three-way toggle, twin humbuckers, and gold hardware throughout. Parallelogram position markers, 1 1/16″ nut width, tortoise-style pickguard.
Other keywords: duane simpson, fingerstyle, jazz, arch top$6,180 Add to cart
Scale Length 24.625 in Nut Width 1.688 in String Spacing 2.063 in Woods Spruce, MahoganyAdd to Compare
2020 LHT Rose Burl Fugue, Flame Maple/Sitka Spruce
It’s not easy to make a new name for yourself in the archtop, electric world, but we think Tyler Wells of LHT Guitars has what it takes. This 2020 Rose Burl Fugue is nothing short of a work of functional art. Curvaceous yet comfortable, stands apart from the crowd yet at the same time approachable and familiar. This guitar feels effortless in hand, from the multiscale setup (24.7-25.7”) to the lightweight build and cutaway ergonomics. The neck and body are perfectly balanced to play off your leg when seated, and Tyler’s handsomely executed single bass offset soundhole broadcasts cleanly straight into the player’s ear. Acoustically, the Fugue has impressive presence and range, and would record very well on that level alone. When amplified with a Parallelogram Kent Armstrong humbucker (volume and tone under the Burl pickguard), the tone rolls out fat and round with fingers, and responds beautifully with added crispness and punch under a flatpick attack.
The body is Flame Maple, here paired with a carved Sitka Spruce top and a 4-piece Flame Maple neck with carbon fiber reinforcement. Black ABS bindings, and Bodega Bay driftwood burl appointments throughout give this Fugue its “Burl” designation (with a gorgeous, gorgeous red Nitro burst for the “Rose”).
The LHT Fugue is what successful modern lutherie looks like: pushing the envelope without forgetting its roots, exploring contemporary aesthetics with an eye for ease of play and an ear for dynamics.
Other keywords: kent parker, arched top, jazz guitar, fan fret, fanned fret, 3007, ska, flamed maple, duane simpson$12,360 Add to cart
Scale Length 24.7 in - 25.7 in Nut Width 1.75 in String Spacing 2.188 in Woods Spruce - Sitka, Maple - FiguredAdd to Compare
2003 Marchione 16″ Siren Archtop, Maple/Spruce
Stephen Marchione’s 16 Inch Archtop is a complete instrument. Silk smooth playability, gorgeous tonewoods, and an expressive and dynamic acoustic voice that translates faithfully into amplified tone thanks to a custom collaboration between Stephen and DiMarzio. Maple body with Spruce top and Ebony tailpiece, bridge, and pickguard. Locking Sperzel tuners in black match up perfectly with the Ebony headplate, rendered in Marchione’s trademark headstock shape. A slim 1 11/16″ nut allows for deft lefthand work, and the relatively light build weight under six pounds makes this 16″ archtop from 2003 exceedingly comfortable in hand.
Here’s an additional video with Tim Fischer playing this Marchione 16″ Archtop!: https://youtu.be/LEuoR6pwCio
Check out another video featuring this gorgeous archtop: https://youtu.be/o-82AEA3AOQ
Other keywords: lutherie, luthier, duane simpson, fingerstyle, 093003Sale Price: Sale! Add to cart
Scale Length 25.4 in Nut Width 1.68 in String Spacing 2.06 in Woods Spruce, MapleAdd to Compare
2017 Monteleone Speciale, Maple/Spruce
A truly legendary guitar we have here, this 2017 Monteleone Speciale with Maple and Spruce. What a gorgeous instrument, sonically and visually; Compared to the likes of Stradivari and DaVinci, this instruments displays why! Sporting a Kent Armstrong pickup, with stunning figured ebony appointments throughout. This guitar belongs on the stage, the studio, and even the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This guitar is about as close as one can get to the musical equivalent of Excalibur.
Other keywords/misspellings: Luthier, lutherie, archtop, jazz, John, Mark Knopfler, Frank Vignola,$118,450 Add to cart
Scale Length 25.625 in Nut Width 1.718 in String Spacing 2.125 in Woods Spruce, MapleAdd to Compare
2019 Ken Parker Archtop, Flamed Mahogany/Red Spruce
Ken Parker is well known for his design of the Parker Fly guitar, here we have something remarkable from the man himself. This Archtop from 2019 is truly singular and unique. Adirondack Spruce top and stunning Figured Mahogany back and sides. This instrument looks, feels, and sounds like no other. A stunning example of what a guitar can be.
Other keywords/misspellings: luthier, lutherie, bespoke, evo, jazz,$44,290 Add to cart
Scale Length 25.5 in Nut Width 1.75 in String Spacing 2.125 in Woods Spruce - Adirondack (Red), Mahogany - FiguredAdd to Compare
2018 BC Kingston 17″ Archtop, European Curly Maple/Haida Gwaii Sitka Spruce
We’re excited for the chance to offer you a dynamite custom archtop from the venerable Brian Kingston of Prince Edward Island, Canada. AAA European Curly Maple back and sides paired with a hand carved Haida Gwaii Sitka Spruce top (bearing gorgeous and rare flamed figuring), bound F holes, and an exquisite sunburst in ambers, yellows, and browns across both neck and body. A generous 17 inches across the lower bout with a play weight of six pounds, this Kingston feels solid in hand, with a glossy neck profile and upper bout soundport to boot. A custom Seymour Duncan pickup with volume and tone knobs under the pickguard carries this beauty faithfully into amplified territory, but it’s equally at home as an acoustic archtop with a crisp treble definition and articulate midrange. Brian built this one in 2018 for the shows, and we’re proud to offer it now as a new instrument with a little age to liven up the voice.
Other keywords: arch top, jazz box, fingerstyle, sitka spruce, cedar creek, gotoh, sound portSOLD Add to cart
Scale Length 25 in Nut Width 1.75 in String Spacing 2.188 in Woods Spruce - Sitka, Maple - EuropeanAdd to Compare
Brand New American Archtop Ram, Flame Maple/European Spruce
The result of masters from two fields in collaboration: luthiers Dale & Tyler Unger and hyperrealist painter Peter Maier. The Ram is a particular brand of unique—17 inch archtop whose Maple back is adorned with a hyper realistic ram from Maier. On top, a gold motif continues along the center seam and with the trapeze tailpiece and hardware, plus gold Gotoh mini tuners. The headstock boasts a tightly figured Koa headplate, and from there you’ll find a series of vibrant Abalone position markers along the fretboard. Here’s a snapshot of Maier’s process: https://youtu.be/5AN01qUDxbw. On the electronics front, Unger outfitted the Ram with a Kent Armstrong floating humbucker plus volume and tone at the pickguard (itself featuring a single band of gold that arcs diagonally across). Top is AAAA European Spruce, paired with AAAA European Maple for the back and sides. Flame Maple neck, set off with the Ebony fingerboard, completes the portrait. Here’s Maier: “The Ram guitar was inspired by my time at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, where skulls of animals were dominant in many business locations—however I worked gold leaf onto the horns with an engine turned finish to give it more of a costly & valued appearance.”
Other keywords: lutherie, luthier, fine art, gold foil, curly maple, 262, 2021SOLD Read more
Scale Length 25 in Nut Width 1.75 in String Spacing 2.188 in Woods Spruce - European, Maple - FlamedAdd to Compare
Brand New American Archtop Versailles, Flame Maple/European Spruce
A stunning collaboration between father-and-son duo Dale & Tyler Unger and hyperrealist painter Peter Maier. The Versailles is based on the Ungers’ Elite model, here paired with Maier’s inspiration from Wagner dance music in a panoply of vibrant, metallic hues. Here’s a snapshot of Maier’s process: https://vimeo.com/523568115. The result is an archtop quite unlike any other. The 14.5” lower bout and slim build weight make for an easy playing experience; plus a Lollar P90 with tortoise cover for a lively amplified tone that threads the needle between rich and punchy.
The American Archtop Versailles—dressed in Flamed Maple and European Spruce—is ready to be the centerpiece of your collection.
Other keywords: lutherie, luthier, fine art, gold foil, curly maple, 261, 2021SOLD Read more
Scale Length 25 in Nut Width 1.75 in String Spacing 2.125 in Woods Spruce - European, Maple - FlamedAdd to Compare
2015 Artinger Convertible, All-Koa
Pop the top and ride, ride, ride. Here’s a sweet piece of lutherie from the one and only Matt Artinger—the 2015 double Convertible bedecked with Flamed Koa hollow body and Artinger Electric City pickups. The twin F holes are both “convertible” with their removable covers, coil tap for single coil crunch at the touch of a knob, and a tight, tight Flamed Mahogany neck to boot.
The tone of these Electric City humbuckers is fat, juicy, and rich. It’s so much fun to play with this powerhouse! More than dynamic enough to fit right in for Jazz, Blues, Rock, you name it. Additionally, Matt inlaid a series of vines along the fretboard and headplate for a final touch of beauty and elegance on this Artinger Convertible.
Other keywords: cedar creek, electric guitar, hollowbody, hollow-body, gotohSOLD Read more
Scale Length 25 in Nut Width 1.625 in String Spacing 2.125 in Woods Koa, Koa - FiguredAdd to Compare
2006 Victor Baker 17″ Archtop, Flamed Maple/Sitka Spruce
2006 must have been a good year for Victor Baker, if this 17 inch archtop is any evidence. Gorgeous tonewoods, dressed up with striking Snakewood appointments, capped with a Kent Armstrong hand wound humbucker. The back and sides are 5A tight flamed Maple, pairing up with a carved Sitka Spruce top, and Maple body bindings. The tailpiece is a combination of brass frame with a removable (via magnets) Snakewood top plate—simply pop the plate and swap your strings! Volume and tone knobs at the (also) Snakewood pickguard, which matches up with the (also also) Snakewood carved bridge. The neck is a super stable multiply laminated Maple number with flattened C neck.
Other keywords: vb, duane simpson, flamed maple, tkl, f holes, 158, snake wood, ken armstrong, schallerSOLD Read more
Scale Length 25.125 in Nut Width 1.75 in String Spacing 2.125 in Woods Spruce - Sitka, MapleAdd to Compare
2007 Baker Bop Maple/Sitka
With just a few moments on this Victor Baker “Bop” Archtop guitar you can tell it was made by a player. Only a builder that is also a great player can achieve this level of feel in an instrument. The neck profile is wonderful, the fretwork is great and everything about the way it fits in your arms is right. This 17″ “Bop” Archtop from Victor Baker has a big acoustic voice that is deep and alive, plugged in you get an accurate recreation thanks to the Kent Armstrong handmade humbucker. Volume and tone as well a Delta Series Gotoh tuners with a 21:1 ratio make this a sincere musician’s tool for gigging or woodshedding.SOLD Sale! Read more
Scale Length 25 in Nut Width 1.69 in String Spacing 2.06 in Woods Spruce - Sitka, MapleAdd to Compare
2015 Beauregard Facettes Archtop, Brazilian Rosewood/European Spruce
A work of functional art. We’ve loved Mario Beauregard’s guitars for so many years, and even so it feels like a new experience every time we have the pleasure of hosting one of his guitars in the shop. Here we’ve landed one of his coveted Facettes archtops, which by itself is incredible, but this 2015 Facettes has the added distinction of featuring a carved Brazilian Rosewood back. The result is truly remarkable. Not only has Mario painstakingly carved these curvaceous facettes into the top and back, he’s done so with a wood combination of European Spruce on top and BRW back and sides that you’re likely to hardly see ever again on an archtop guitar. Additional features include a custom Benedetti humbucker pickup, EVO frets, and a lightweight BAM case.
Other keywords: lutherie, guitarbuilding, arched top, brazilain, handmade, facet, facets, faccet, faccettsSOLD Read more
Scale Length 25 in Nut Width 1.688 in String Spacing 2.063 in Woods Spruce - European, Rosewood - Brazilian