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1998 Monteleone Radio Flyer, Red Maple/Adirondack
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Specs
Status
Sold
Brand
Monteleone
Product Year
1998
Model
Radio Flyer
Serial #
174B
New/Preowned
Preowned
SKU
TMP314
Condition
Faint finish crazing.
Body Type(s)
Large, Archtop
Back & Sides
Maple - Red
Top
Spruce - Adirondack (Red)
Neck Wood
Maple - Red
Neck Profile
C
Bridge
Ebony
Rosette
F Holes
Top Trim
Wood Lines
Fingerboard
Ebony
Fingerboard Bindings
Ebony
Fret Markers
Side Dots
Frets to Body
14
Headplate
Ebony
Headstock Bindings
Ebony
Headstock Inlay
Builder Logo
Instrument Finish
Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Body Bindings
Maple - Red
Tuners
Schaller
Tuner Finish
Gold with Ebony Buttons
Cutaway
Venetian
Pickguard
Ebony
Pickup
None, we can install one, ask about options
Body Length
20.5 in
Upper Bout
12.5 in
Lower Bout
17 in
Body Depth Heel
3 in
Body Depth Tail
3 in
Scale Length
25.4 in
Scale Length (mm)
645 mm
Nut Width
1.81 in
Nut Width (mm)
46 mm
String Spacing
2.06 in
String Spacing (mm)
52.3 mm
Weight
5 lb. 9 oz.
Case
Hardshell
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Description

A thing of beauty is a Monteleone. We are fortunate to have acquired an exquisite sample of John’s masterwork that’s been kept in excellent condition since its birth in 1998: a Radio Flyer in flamed Red Maple and Adirondack Spruce. 17 inches across the lower bout, 3 inches deep at the sides, gently radiused back and sides, African Ebony tailpiece, bridge, and pickguard, 1 13/16” nut—the dressings of archtop royalty. Bound in Red Maple, and with a Red Maple neck, this Monteleone reminds us just how beautiful flamed Maple can be, and John hand-rubbed Nitrocellulose finish has adopted a honey amber patina to bring the Adirondack and Maple together.


In spite of a generous lower bout, this archtop is built light and airy, and its voice lines up accordingly. We were delighted to find trebles which absolutely sang, and meshed smoothly with an overall middle register emphasis that lent the tone an simultaneously crisp and woody flavor. John describes the sound of individual notes on an archtop as articulate bubbles, and we find the description fitting: there’s a well-defined pop that separates each note and keeps solos ringing and chords clear. With a gentle fingerstyle touch, the Radio Flyer could purr; dig in with a pick to accentuate an agile, airy response. A colorful splash of treble overtones bloom when played softly, keeping the voice clean and lively even when quiet.


In short, this is one of the finest archtop guitars we’ve ever laid hands or eyes on. It's an honor to offer a piece of functional art of this calibre from John Monteleone.

Some people view their instruments as temporary flings. You know, hot and heavy for a while but then you eventually tire of each other and move apart. A creature like this Radio Flyer, I'd recommend marriage. You'll want it by your side till the end of your days. John's craft has yielded an immensely responsive and dynamic archtop that challenges the boundaries of what an archtop guitar can sound like.
 
A true classic, this model archtop hardly ever comes up for sale secondhand. I feel privileged to have played it, it's a true rarity. It's a joy to play and will make a collector very happy.
 
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SCALE LENGTH 25.4 in
NUT WIDTH 1.81 in
STRING SPACING 2.06 in
WOODS SPRUCE - ADIRONDACK (RED),
MAPLE - RED

A thing of beauty is a Monteleone. We are fortunate to have acquired an exquisite sample of John’s masterwork that’s been kept in excellent condition since its birth in 1998: a Radio Flyer in flamed Red Maple and Adirondack Spruce.
 

Some people view their instruments as temporary flings. You know, hot and heavy for a while but then you eventually tire of each other and move apart.
 
A true classic, this model archtop hardly ever comes up for sale secondhand. I feel privileged to have played it, it's a true rarity.
 
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