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2014 Muiderman Kottke Prototype J16 Narra/Double Sitka
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Status
Sold
Brand
Muiderman
Product Year
2014
Model
Kottke Prototype J16
Serial #
175
New/Preowned
Preowned
SKU
4826
Condition
Near Mint
Body Type(s)
Large, Jumbo
Back & Sides
Narra
Top
Spruce - Sitka Double Top
Neck Wood
Narra
Bridge
Ebony
Rosette
Curly Maple
Top Trim
Wood Lines
Fingerboard
Ebony
Fingerboard Bindings
None
Fret Markers
Side Dots Only
Frets to Body
14
Headplate
Brazilian Rosewood
Headstock Inlay
Builder Logo
Tuners
Waverly
Tuner Finish
Gold
Cutaway
Venetian
Pickup
K&K FanTaStick
Body Length
20.125 in
Upper Bout
11.875 in
Lower Bout
15.9375 in
Body Depth Heel
3.75 in
Body Depth Tail
4.75 in
Scale Length
25.5 in
Scale Length (mm)
647.7 mm
Nut Width
1.75 in
Nut Width (mm)
44.5 mm
String Spacing
2.19 in
String Spacing (mm)
55.6 mm
Weight
0 lb. 0 oz.
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Description

We've got a special creature from Kevin Muiderman today: a prototype Jumbo-size guitar used on tour by fingerstyle legend Leo Kottke. Muiderman's J16 model underwent some modification to meet Kottke's evolving needs. After performing with this instrument, Kottke decided that Muiderman guitars have sufficient projection that he could opt for a slightly smaller body size and still have the power his style demands. For this guitar, which would cost $9,100 if ordered new, Muiderman substituted his ordinarily radiused Sitka Spruce double-top for a flat one, which was then oil-finished, as per Kottke's request, like the open gear tuners and the wider nut and saddle. Muiderman is one of a tiny number of steel-string builders utilizing the highly labor-intensive double-top construction methods which have recently had such impact on classical guitar designs. The Narra used for the back and sides gives the guitar its strong middle register presence. Tonally, the instrument has a crisp, dry voice with lots of projection. There's an amazing amount of separation across the registers, the kind that fingerstylists dream about. Also, because the double top results in amazing responsiveness to touch, it's a guitar that makes rhythm playing shine, giving amazingly full expression to each palm mute, string choke, bend, vibrato, etc. The low-end is articulate and controlled, and Kottke requested that there be two end pin slots, to allow for two pickups to be used simultaneously. At present, there is a K&K undersaddle pickup installed.

Leo's needs continue to evolve, it would seem, but that doesn't mean this guitar is anything less than stellar. The fact that it has a great playability and great articulation attest to Muiderman's skills, and the jumbo body gives this Kottke Prototype J16 lots of headroom and sustain in the upper registers.
 
Crystalline clarity in a jumbo guitar.
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SCALE LENGTH 25.5 in
NUT WIDTH 1.75 in
STRING SPACING 2.19 in
WOODS SPRUCE - SITKA DOUBLE TOP,
NARRA

We've got a special creature from Kevin Muiderman today: a prototype Jumbo-size guitar used on tour by fingerstyle legend Leo Kottke. Muiderman's J16 model underwent some modification to meet Kottke's evolving needs.
 

Leo's needs continue to evolve, it would seem, but that doesn't mean this guitar is anything less than stellar. The fact that it has a great playability and great articulation attest to Muiderman's skills, and the jumbo body gives this Kottke Prototype J16 lots of headroom and sustain in the upper registers.
 
Crystalline clarity in a jumbo guitar.
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