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Ehlers Model 16, Brazilian/German
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Specs
Status
Sold
Brand
Ehlers Guitars
Model
16 Inch
Serial #
355
New/Preowned
Preowned
SKU
TMP488
Condition
Some finish checking around bindings and headstock, faint B string fret wear. One small ding on fretboard binding, bass side.
Body Type(s)
Large, SJ
Back & Sides
Rosewood - Brazilian
Top
Spruce - German
Neck Wood
Mahogany
Neck Profile
C
Bridge
Ebony
Rosette
Abalone
Top Trim
Herringbone
Fingerboard
Ebony
Fingerboard Bindings
Ebony
Fret Markers
Dots
Frets to Body
14
Headplate
Ebony
Headstock Bindings
Abalone
Headstock Inlay
Builder Logo
Body Bindings
Ebony
Tuners
Schaller
Tuner Finish
Gold with Ebony Buttons
Cutaway
None
Pickguard
None
Pickup
None, we can install one
Body Length
20 in
Upper Bout
11.125 in
Lower Bout
16 in
Body Depth Heel
4 in
Body Depth Tail
4.75 in
Scale Length
25.5 in
Scale Length (mm)
647.7 mm
Nut Width
1.81 in
Nut Width (mm)
46 mm
String Spacing
2.125 in
String Spacing (mm)
54 mm
Weight
4 lb. 14 oz.
Case
Hardshell Case - TKL
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Description

It’s hard not to fall for a guitar like this on the spot. The Ehlers Model 16 is a study in curvaceous lines and fingerstyle dynamism. Brazilian back and sides, paired with a German Spruce top, give the voice a smooth, glossy texture that lends itself to lush, expansive overtones. Play an open chord, and the strings will ring, ring, and keep on ringing right on into tomorrow. The 25.5” scale gives a smidgeon of extra string tension, making dropped tunings like DADGAD crisp and responsive, and with the slightly wider nut and curved C neck profile the left hand has an easy time of it, especially with those particularly nasty complex chords.


Darkly glittering Abalone adorns the headstock, fretboard, and rosette. Take a close look at our photos of the bridge and you’ll see where Rob carved a minute ledge around the perimeter. That little touch strikes us on two levels: one, that it must have required excellent precision to engineer and two, that it imparted a subtle note of elegance to this already eye-catching beauty. 16 inches at the lower bout puts it in the SJ category; dig in with a more aggressive attack and this Ehlers drinks it up without bottoming out.


A fantastic instrument from one of lutherie’s late greats: the Ehlers Model 16.

I was impressed by how responsive this guitar was for a variety of different styles. The bass is well-balanced with the other registers, and overall the voice has opened up nicely.
 
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SCALE LENGTH 25.5 in
NUT WIDTH 1.81 in
STRING SPACING 2.125 in
WOODS SPRUCE - GERMAN,
ROSEWOOD - BRAZILIAN

It’s hard not to fall for a guitar like this on the spot. The Ehlers Model 16 is a study in curvaceous lines and fingerstyle dynamism.
 

I was impressed by how responsive this guitar was for a variety of different styles. The bass is well-balanced with the other registers, and overall the voice has opened up nicely.
 
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