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2016 Borghino Shakti Madagascar Rosewood/Italian
What is a musician but one who constantly pushes on against the bleeding edge of sound? What is a luthier but one with that same drive, who challenges convention with their ceaseless experimentation? John McLaughlin (of Shakti fame) is one such musician, just as Mirko Borghino is one such luthier. The brand new Shakti model we have here today stands between these two great men as the very image of experimentation, and the means to achieve it.
McLaughlin’s Indian fusion band from the 1970s, Shakti, offered one of the first tastes of the rich waters spanning the continents of Indian Classical music and Jazz–and at the heart of this group was McLaughlin and the first iteration of this guitar, all scalloped frets and diagonal sympathetic strings. The Borghino Shakti model here is the most recent version, done up in Madagascar Rosewood and Italian Spruce with dual K&K Fantastick undersaddle pickups and a stereo output which allows the player to amplify the regular bridge, the sympathetic strings, or both. The scalloped frets make for a truly featherweight fretting experience (no friction from your fingertips and the fretboard to slow you down), and it’s easy to bend strings far and fast in the fashion of a Sitar. The seven diagonal strings offer complex overtones simply from the energy of the regular strings–but you can pluck or strum these baritone strings as well for a burst of color and volume. Borghino’s attention to detail is surgical: the Abalone trim and rosette are stunning, crisply executed, and the scalloping of the fretboard is smooth and graceful.
For a guitar experience unlike anything else, this feat of lutherie is worth every penny. Losing yourself in your music is unavoidable with your hands on this Shakti.SOLD Read more
Scale Length 25.4 in Nut Width 1.75 in String Spacing 2.13 in Woods Spruce - Italian, Rosewood - MadagascarAdd to Compare
1912 Dyer Type 2 Style 5 Mahogany/Spruce
This Dyer (Larson Brothers) style 5 Harp guitar is a testament to their legend. In the early twentieth century the Larsons were at the forefront of harp guitar construction. Till this day their instruments are still sending ripples through the guitar world. At over a century old the Spruce top, and Mahogony back and sides are just raring to sing. As a standard six string it has an extraordinarily warm, well balanced voice. Throw in the sub bass though, and you have something truly special. Those five extra bass strings lend a full sonorous sound, and it’s magical. The playability of this guitar is superb. The V shaped neck and low action make it a joy play.SOLD Read more
Scale Length 25.5 in Nut Width 1.69 in String Spacing 2.25 in Woods Spruce, MahoganyAdd to Compare
New Mermer Harp Guitar Flamed Maple/Sitka
For well over 15 years, guitarists world wide have turned to Dream Guitars for the very best, one-of-a-kind acoustic instruments on the planet. Today, we give you the Mermer Harp Guitar ‘Le Mer’! Luthier Rich Mermer has been repairing and building quality instruments since the early 80?s, and this guitar is the embodiment of his many talents. Rich’s work has been recognized by Acoustic Guitar Magazine and several other publications, as being on the cutting edge of guitar design and construction. Very few guitars can match the visual impact of Rich’s latest, or equal the monstrous tone that emanates from the depths of this musical leviathan that is ‘Le Mer’ the Mermaid. Stunning Flamed Maple, stained blue, gives the appearance of rippling water. Custom Mermaid artwork was created by artist Lori Hlavsa (artbylori.com). The harp strings offer deep vibratory low end that are a joy to play along with on the standard guitar neck. A well thought out, masterfully executed instrument; this one is sure to inspire!SOLD Read more
Scale Length 25.34 in Nut Width 1.75 in String Spacing 2.13 in Woods Spruce - Sitka, Maple