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2009 Greenfield Black Cherry Archtop, Bigleaf Maple/European Spruce
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Status
Sold
Brand
Greenfield
Product Year
2009
Model
Black Cherry Archtop
Serial #
118
New/Preowned
Preowned
SKU
TMP1029
Condition
Excellent. A few superficial marks on back.
Body Type(s)
Large, Hollow Body
Back & Sides
Maple - Bigleaf
Top
Spruce - European
Neck Wood
Maple
Neck Profile
C
Bridge
Ebony
Rosette
F Holes
Top Trim
Violin Lines
Fingerboard
Ebony
Fingerboard Bindings
Ebony
Fret Markers
side dots, Larry Robinson pinup girl inlays, cherries
Frets to Body
14
Headplate
Ebony
Headstock Bindings
None
Headstock Inlay
Builder Logo
Body Bindings
Ebony
Tuners
Gotoh 510
Tuner Finish
Gold with Ebony Buttons
Cutaway
Venetian
Pickguard
Yes
Pickup
Kent Armstrong
Pickup (y/n)
Yes
Body Length
20.75 in
Upper Bout
12.75 in
Lower Bout
17 in
Body Depth Heel
3.375 in
Body Depth Tail
3.375 in
Scale Length
25.4 in
Scale Length (mm)
645 mm
Nut Width
1.72 in
Nut Width (mm)
43.7 mm
String Spacing
2.063 in
String Spacing (mm)
52.4 mm
Weight
6 lb. 0 oz.
Case
Hardshell - Calton Flight Case
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Description

The cherry on top really makes the dessert. This Black Cherry archtop from famed Montreal luthier Michael Greenfield was originally commissioned by Jacques-André Dupont for his Red Guitar Collection in 2009. As such, Michael gave this 17 inch archtop, built with a Super 400 in mind, a sienna red sunburst over the Bigleaf Maple back and sides and European Spruce top. Michael enlisted the enviable skills of inlay maestro Larry Robinson for the pinup girl and cherry inlays along the fretboard and headstock (inspired by a pinup girl-clad gum display rack Michael spied at a local restaurant). A Kent Armstrong Alnico 3 pickup is mounted to the Ebony pickguard, custom built for this guitar to match the fretboard radius and tighter string spacing.
Of tone, this Greenfield’s flavor avoids the saccharine maraschino cherry altogether, instead favoring the dark, complex palette of the morello cherry. Michael’s F holes have a wider aperture than the traditional L-5, so there’s a snappier and crisper response than the Gibson grandaddies. A slim 1 23/32” nut harkens back to the feel of a Super 400 and keeps the strings within easy reach of the player's left hand for complex jazz chords and solo runs.
It’s safe to say, there’s not another Greenfield, let alone archtop, quite like the Black Cherry. Snag this delicious fruit while you can.


Other keywords: lutherie, l5, big leaf maple, western bigleaf maple. naple, jazz box, gotoh


Here’s a link to Michael discussing this guitar with Premier Guitar at the 2009 Montreal Guitar Show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_W3WzCDVZ30

Michael Greenfield is one of the true masters in modern day guitar-building, and his archtops are well loved by many pro players around the world. It’s easy to see why this beautiful Black Cherry plays like a dream (pun intended). Some lucky owner will get to experience the effortless playability. Perfect construction throughout and the sound is amazing, both acoustically and electrically.
 
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SCALE LENGTH 25.4 in
NUT WIDTH 1.72 in
STRING SPACING 2.063 in
WOODS SPRUCE - EUROPEAN,
MAPLE - BIGLEAF

The cherry on top really makes the dessert. This Black Cherry archtop from famed Montreal luthier Michael Greenfield was originally commissioned by Jacques-André Dupont for his Red Guitar Collection in 2009.
 

Michael Greenfield is one of the true masters in modern day guitar-building, and his archtops are well loved by many pro players around the world. It’s easy to see why this beautiful Black Cherry plays like a dream (pun intended).
 
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