Instrument Details

2013 Claxton Malabar, Brazilian Rosewood/Italian Spruce

Regular Price: $13,995

Special Price (Sale) $11,325 $10,995

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Specs
Status
In Stock
Brand
Claxton, Ed
Product Year
2013
Model
Malabar
Serial #
20/210
New/Preowned
Preowned
SKU
TMP1197
Condition
Very good, some play marks on top, treble side of rosette. Small buckle rash on back at bass-side waist.
Body Type(s)
Small, 00
Back & Sides
Rosewood - Brazilian
Top
Spruce - Italian
Neck Wood
Mahogany
Neck Profile
C
Bridge
Ebony
Rosette
Mosaic
Top Trim
Maple
Fingerboard
Ebony
Fingerboard Bindings
Ebony
Fret Markers
Side Dots
Frets to Body
13
Headplate
Rosewood - Brazilian
Headstock Bindings
Ebony
Headstock Inlay
None
Body Bindings
Ebony
Tuners
Gotoh 510 Mini
Tuner Finish
Gold with Ebony Buttons
Cutaway
None
Pickup
None, we can install one
Body Length
19.625 in
Upper Bout
10.625 in
Lower Bout
14.75 in
Body Depth Heel
3.75 in
Body Depth Tail
4.5 in
Scale Length
25.4 in
Scale Length (mm)
645 mm
Nut Width
1.78 in
Nut Width (mm)
45 mm
String Spacing
2.313 in
String Spacing (mm)
58.7 mm
Weight
4 lb. 2 oz.
Case
Hardshell - Calton Flight Case
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Description

Well, well, well: Small sized guitar realizes big box ambitions. This 2013 Claxton Malabar has great depth and resonance, clean and easy trebles, and a well-balanced midrange that ties it all together. Brazilian Rosewood back and sides, Italian Spruce on top, Mahogany neck, Ebony bindings; Ed’s eye for fine wood hasn’t led him astray yet. And a Calton flight case for safe keeping!
The voice is characterized by clarity and sustain, with a full-throated projection that we’d expect from a guitar with a few more square inches across its top. With light gauge strings we were able to tune down to C# and still have enough string tension to play comfortably and intonate properly, and we imagine you could substitute a heavier low E string to go all the way into C tuning territory.
We see heaps of builders who want a full-size voice to come out of their smaller guitars—but the handful who achieve this feat is slim, and Ed Claxton is right there at the top. We can’t recommend this Malabar highly enough.


Other keywords: lutherie, luthier, handbuilt, brazilain, gotoh, fingerstyle, parlor, small-bodied, flightcase, 13-fret, 13 fret

Every Malabar I have ever played from Ed Claxton has been wonderful. It’s a very versatile small-body instrument with power and beauty to spare. This one has many gears, and is happy to be gently caressed or pushed to its limits. Premium woods at the hands of a master builder give you nothing but inspiration.
 
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SCALE LENGTH 25.4 in
NUT WIDTH 1.78 in
STRING SPACING 2.313 in
WOODS SPRUCE - ITALIAN,
ROSEWOOD - BRAZILIAN

Well, well, well: Small sized guitar realizes big box ambitions. This 2013 Claxton Malabar has great depth and resonance, clean and easy trebles, and a well-balanced midrange that ties it all together.
 

Every Malabar I have ever played from Ed Claxton has been wonderful. It’s a very versatile small-body instrument with power and beauty to spare.
 
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