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2008 Blanchard ClassiCool, Madagascar Rosewood/Engelmann Spruce
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Specs
Status
Sold
Brand
Blanchard
Product Year
2008
Model
ClassiCool
Serial #
101
New/Preowned
Preowned
SKU
TMP878
Condition
Very good. A few top dings.
Body Type(s)
Medium, Concert Classical
Back & Sides
Rosewood - Madagascar
Top
Spruce - Engelmann
Neck Wood
Mahogany
Neck Profile
C
Arm Bevel
Yes
Bridge
Rosewood
Rosette
Maple
Top Trim
Wood Lines
Fingerboard
Ebony
Fingerboard Bindings
Ebony
Fret Markers
Side Dots
Frets to Body
12
Headplate
Rosewood - Madagascar
Headstock Bindings
None
Headstock Inlay
Builder Logo
Body Bindings
Ebony - Macassar
Tuners
Sloane
Tuner Finish
Gold Etched with Ebony Buttons
Cutaway
Venetian
Pickup
None, we can install one
Body Length
19.25 in
Upper Bout
10.75 in
Lower Bout
14.75 in
Body Depth Heel
3.25 in
Body Depth Tail
3.875 in
Scale Length
25.4 in
Scale Length (mm)
645 mm
Nut Width
1.87 in
Nut Width (mm)
48.6 mm
String Spacing
2.313 in
String Spacing (mm)
58.7 mm
Weight
3 lb. 11 oz.
Case
Hardshell - Cedar Creek
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Description

A guitar that bridges the gap between flattop and classical with easy playability, rich bass, and gorgeous curves: our 2008 Blanchard ClassiCool. Mark Blanchard is one of our longtime builders, and this beautiful nylon crossover of his is done up with Madagascar Rosewood for the back and sides, an Engelmann Spruce top, and all the creature comforts you could ever want.


Playability is the name of the game. Mark added an armrest to the bass-side lower bout, which frees up your arm from the top so it can vibrate more freely, and diagonal to the armrest you’ll find a Venetian Cutaway to keep the upper frets dust-free. The neck is slim for a nylon string with 1 7/8” at the nut and 2 5/16” at the saddle, and the profile has the C curve of a steel string, but here it’s been flattened out just a smidgen along the center to feel comfortable for both nylon and steel players. Additionally, the fretboard has a gentle radius to it that’ll keep your left hand deft and happy. The voice has plenty of velvet in the bass and mids, and the trebles have an extra helping of crispness that really cuts through the mix.


Easy as cake on the hands, and decadent to the ears: the Blanchard ClassiCool crossover.


Other keywords: nylon-string, classical guitar, nylon string guitar, crossover classical

Now this is what a world-class crossover guitar should be. It has the radiused fingerboard and cutaway, sure, but it also has all the tone of a great nylon-string instrument. It is very full sounding with trebles that are fat and juicy and just beg for melody notes. The bass is full and focused: no floppiness here. I would enjoy owning this guitar for the rest of my life.
 
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SCALE LENGTH 25.4 in
NUT WIDTH 1.87 in
STRING SPACING 2.313 in
WOODS SPRUCE - ENGELMANN,
ROSEWOOD - MADAGASCAR

A guitar that bridges the gap between flattop and classical with easy playability, rich bass, and gorgeous curves: our 2008 Blanchard ClassiCool. Mark Blanchard is one of our longtime builders, and this beautiful nylon crossover of his is done up with Madagascar Rosewood for the back and sides, an Engelmann Spruce top, and all the creature comforts you could ever want.
 

Now this is what a world-class crossover guitar should be. It has the radiused fingerboard and cutaway, sure, but it also has all the tone of a great nylon-string instrument.
 
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