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2004 Ryan Nightingale Signature, "El Milagro" Brazilian Rosewood/Swiss Spruce
$23,170 $22,495
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Specs
Status
In Stock
Brand
Ryan
Product Year
2004
Model
Nightingale
Serial #
426-60
New/Preowned
Preowned
SKU
TMP536
Condition
Only some very faint scratches at the treble waist by the rosette.
Body Type(s)
Large, Grand Auditorium
Back & Sides
Rosewood - Brazilian
Back & Sides Keywords
"El Milagro"
Top
Spruce - Swiss
Neck Wood
Mahogany
Neck Profile
C
Arm Bevel
Yes
Bridge
Ebony
Rosette
Abalone
Top Trim
Abalone
Fingerboard
Ebony
Fingerboard Bindings
Ebony
Fret Markers
Side Dots, Larry Robinson Celtic Horse
Frets to Body
14
Headplate
Ebony
Headstock Bindings
Ebony
Headstock Inlay
Builder Logo
Body Bindings
Ebony
Tuners
Gotoh 510
Tuner Finish
Gold with Black Buttons
Cutaway
Venetian
Pickguard
None
Pickup
McIntyre Feather
Pickup (y/n)
Yes
Body Length
20.5 in
Upper Bout
11.125 in
Lower Bout
15.875 in
Body Depth Heel
3.875 in
Body Depth Tail
4.875 in
Scale Length
25.75 in
Scale Length (mm)
654 mm
Nut Width
1.75 in
Nut Width (mm)
44.5 mm
String Spacing
2.25 in
String Spacing (mm)
57.2 mm
Weight
5 lb. 0 oz.
Case
Original Hard - Calton Flight Case
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Description

We’ve had many, many guitar from Kevin Ryan pass through our shop, and we’ve been consistently impressed by their consistent tone, balance, and particular excellence for fingerstyle music. But this beautiful 2004 Nightingale Signature may be one of the most incredible. Not only are Kevin’s aesthetics on point (Ebony bindings, arm bevel, sparkling Abalone trim, fossilized nut & saddle, Lapis Lazuli-inlaid bridge pins), but the set of "El Milagro" Brazilian Rosewood he chose for the back and sides is jaw-dropping for both its grain lines and its acoustic properties. Tied with Swiss Spruce on top, this Nightingale Signature has a voice that is simultaneously voluminous and bell-like. It’s a huge, room-filling voice that also manages to make individual notes sound intimate as a whispered word.


Larry Robinson adorned the fretboard extension with a Celtic horse, and capped the heel block with a matching Celtic dog. The effect sets off the beauty of the surrounding woods without stealing the show; like everything else about this guitar, the Robinson inlays operate smoothly as part of the harmonious whole. As an added bonus, this is the first Signature Series guitar that Kevin adorned with his signature on the headstock!


One final touch: the satin neck and velvet setup are a dream in your hands. This is easily one of the finest Ryans we've ever seen.

Before I played this instrument, Logan told me he thought it was one of the best he’d ever heard. I asked if it was a Swiss top, and it is. To me, the very best sounding Ryans I’ve ever played have all had Swiss Spruce tops. I suspect Kevin’s bracing just works exceptionally well for it. So if you want a Ryan guitar that is not only spectacular looking with premium woods and gorgeous Celtic inlays but also with the finest tone, this one’s for you.
 
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SCALE LENGTH 25.75 in
NUT WIDTH 1.75 in
STRING SPACING 2.25 in
WOODS SPRUCE - SWISS,
ROSEWOOD - BRAZILIAN

We’ve had many, many guitar from Kevin Ryan pass through our shop, and we’ve been consistently impressed by their consistent tone, balance, and particular excellence for fingerstyle music. But this beautiful 2004 Nightingale Signature may be one of the most incredible.
 

Before I played this instrument, Logan told me he thought it was one of the best he’d ever heard. I asked if it was a Swiss top, and it is.
 
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