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2005 Williams Kiwi, Taraire/Kauri
$4,630 $4,495
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Status
In Stock
Brand
Williams, Laurie
Product Year
2005
Model
Kiwi
Serial #
05111
New/Preowned
Preowned
UPC
702685044026
SKU
2989
Condition
Two pinhead dings on treble side, lower bout of top, one scratch.
Body Type(s)
Small, 000
Back & Sides
Taraire
Top
Kauri
Neck Wood
Kauri
Neck Profile
C
Bridge
Ebony
Rosette
Abalone
Top Trim
Wood Lines
Fingerboard
Ebony
Fingerboard Bindings
Ebony
Fret Markers
12th Fret Kiwi Bird Inlay
Frets to Body
12
Headplate
Taraire
Headstock Bindings
Kauri
Headstock Inlay
Builder Logo
Instrument Finish
Gloss
Body Bindings
Taraire
Tuners
Gotoh
Tuner Finish
Gold with Ebony Buttons
Cutaway
None
Pickguard
None
Pickup
None, we can install one
Body Length
19.25 in
Upper Bout
11 in
Lower Bout
15 in
Body Depth Heel
3.75 in
Body Depth Tail
4.125 in
Scale Length
24.9 in
Scale Length (mm)
632 mm
Nut Width
1.75 in
Nut Width (mm)
44.5 mm
String Spacing
2.188 in
String Spacing (mm)
54 mm
Weight
4 lb. 2 oz.
Case
Hardshell - Ameritage
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Description


Laurie Williams made his claim to fame several years ago when he discovered his legendary "Whitebait" Kauri log, which he then converted into billets for instrument making, but that's not the only local wood (exotic for us) that Williams employs in his powerful stringed instruments. In addition to Kauri, with its warmth and great projection (like the difference between Cedar and Redwood, but amplified), he chose to construct the back and sides on this 2005 Kiwi with Taraire, a New Zealand species similar to the Rosewood family with its rich, balanced tone and workability. Under Williams' painstaking care, these woods have been transformed into an instrument with amazing action and response, which is deeply resonant in lowered tunings like DADGAD, and has trebles with a clear, focused tone. Fingerstylists will love the easy playability of the OM-size body and the 12-fret neck and 24.9 inch scale, allowing arrangements to ring flawlesssly smooth. Safe in its Ameritage hardshell case, the Kiwi is ready to go anywhere with its rich, resonant voice.



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As a lover of all things wood, this guitar is unique and fascinating. Taraire and Kauri are both native New Zealand woods that are rarely seen on instruments here in the United States. They offer a totally different voice, a big mix of what you might expect from Mahogany and Rosewood. Somewhere in between is that warm attack and full-bodied flavor. Just lovely.
 
The tone of this guitar is compelling, makes me want to play sweet pieces. The mids and highs are crisp and the lows are punchy and controlled.
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SCALE LENGTH 24.9 in
NUT WIDTH 1.75 in
STRING SPACING 2.188 in
WOODS KAURI,
TARAIRE

Laurie Williams made his claim to fame several years ago when he discovered his legendary "Whitebait" Kauri log, which he then converted into billets for instrument making, but that's not the only local wood (exotic for us) that Williams employs in his powerful stringed instruments. In addition to Kauri, with its warmth and great projection (like the difference between Cedar and Redwood, but amplified), he chose to construct the back and sides on this 2005 Kiwi with Taraire, a New Zealand species similar to the Rosewood family with its rich, balanced tone and workability.
 

As a lover of all things wood, this guitar is unique and fascinating. Taraire and Kauri are both native New Zealand woods that are rarely seen on instruments here in the United States.
 
The tone of this guitar is compelling, makes me want to play sweet pieces. The mids and highs are crisp and the lows are punchy and controlled.
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