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2002 Sheppard Ave Maria Brazilian/Sitka
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Status
Sold
Brand
Sheppard
Product Year
2002
Model
Ave Maria
Serial #
9592
New/Preowned
Preowned
SKU
3599
Condition
Excellent Light play wear on top, light scratches. Slight finish wear on treble side of fingerboard.
Body Type(s)
Large, Grand Auditorium
Back & Sides
Rosewood - Brazilian
Top
Spruce - Sitka
Neck Wood
Mahogany
Bridge
Ebony
Rosette
Paua Abalone and Red Heart of Paua
Top Trim
Abalone and Wood Lines
Fingerboard
Ebony
Fingerboard Bindings
Rosewood - Brazilian
Fret Markers
Custom abalone
Frets to Body
14
Headplate
Ebony
Headstock Inlay
Custom
Bindings
Ebony
Tuners
Schaller
Tuner Finish
Gold with Ebony Buttons
Cutaway
None
Pickguard
Clear
Pickup
Fishman Thinline
Body Length
19.375 in
Upper Bout
11.125 in
Lower Bout
15.75 in
Body Depth Heel
3.375 in
Body Depth Tail
4.375 in
Scale Length
25.25 in
Scale Length (mm)
641.4 mm
Nut Width
1.78 in
Nut Width (mm)
45.2 mm
String Spacing
2.16 in
String Spacing (mm)
54.9 mm
Weight
0 lb. 0 oz.
Case
Hardshell Case - TKL
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Description

With this well-cared for Sheppard Ave Maria, beautiful straight-grained Brazilian Rosewood is paired with a highly figured bearclaw Sitka Spruce top, resulting in a guitar with power and articulation in spades. Bass notes are strong and resonant, and are balanced perfectly by strong shimmering trebles. From the rose inlay on the headstock to the gorgeous presentation-grade abalone rosette and body trim, the craftsmanship is wonderful as we've come to expect from Gerald Sheppard. With the included pickup, this is an excellent choice for fingerstyle performance.

I've been working with Gerald for years and have enjoyed watching his work evolve, so it's a treat to get one of his earlier instruments in the shop. This Ave Maria model has really opened up with time -- the trebles have a great sparkle and the basses are assertive and punchy. What's really nice is how balanced the voice is -- each string sings out in perfect concert with the others. That also means it has great volume and can be easily played with a light touch.
 
This is one of Gerald's earlier guitars and it has his older peghead inlay design and fingerboard design. The tone is characteristically sweet and mellow, perfect for fingerstyle players. The neck feels wide and fat which may appeal to players who also play classical guitar.
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SCALE LENGTH 25.25 in
NUT WIDTH 1.78 in
STRING SPACING 2.16 in
WOODS SPRUCE - SITKA,
ROSEWOOD - BRAZILIAN

With this well-cared for Sheppard Ave Maria, beautiful straight-grained Brazilian Rosewood is paired with a highly figured bearclaw Sitka Spruce top, resulting in a guitar with power and articulation in spades. Bass notes are strong and resonant, and are balanced perfectly by strong shimmering trebles.
 

I've been working with Gerald for years and have enjoyed watching his work evolve, so it's a treat to get one of his earlier instruments in the shop. This Ave Maria model has really opened up with time -- the trebles have a great sparkle and the basses are assertive and punchy.
 
This is one of Gerald's earlier guitars and it has his older peghead inlay design and fingerboard design. The tone is characteristically sweet and mellow, perfect for fingerstyle players.
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