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1987 Sobell 12 String Archtop Indian/European
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Specs
Status
Sold
Brand
Sobell
Product Year
1987
Model
12 String
Serial #
88107
New/Preowned
Preowned
SKU
29
Condition
Very Good. A few tiny dings, two hairline back cracks repaired by Master Luthier Bill Tippin, and one small soundhole crack repaired by luthier Ken Jones.
Body Type(s)
Large, Jumbo
Back & Sides
Rosewood - Indian
Top
Spruce - European
Rosette
Herringbone
Top Trim
Herringbone
Fingerboard
Ebony
Fingerboard Bindings
None
Fret Markers
None
Frets to Body
12
Headplate
Rosewood
Headstock Inlay
None
Bindings
Rosewood
Tuner Finish
Gold
Cutaway
None
Pickguard
None
Pickup
None, we can install one
Body Length
20.625 in
Upper Bout
11.75 in
Lower Bout
16.5 in
Body Depth Heel
4.25 in
Body Depth Tail
4.875 in
Scale Length
25.5 in
Scale Length (mm)
647.7 mm
Nut Width
1.81 in
Nut Width (mm)
47.8 mm
String Spacing
2.38 in
String Spacing (mm)
60.452 mm
Weight
0 lb. 0 oz.
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Description

12-String players, gather round: we've got one of the all-time greats in the store today: a 1987 Sobell 12-String Archtop! Stefan Sobell is recognized as one of the original builders of Irish bouzouki, and other double-stringed instruments, and his long career attests to decades spent honing his craft. It is always a pleasure to have one of his guitars in the shop, and it's even more of a pleasure to have one of his 12-String Archtops. With Indian Rosewood back and sides and a carved European Spruce top, this guitar has a rich and dynamic range, with octave strings that project with clarity. What's more, this guitar features 12x12 construction: it is both a 12-String and a 12-fret guitar. When these two design features are brought together, the result is effortless playability and an enveloping, complex tonality. Finally, Sobell believes that a 12-string design is best supported by an archtop body--and it's clear why that is: the arched top creates just the right separation between the notes and make the pairs of strings discrete and clear. This is one of only a handful ever made and is as collectible as it is beautiful.

Stefan Sobell feels the archtop supports a 12 string best. It gives it clarity and separation, as well as great punch. This Sobell 12 string is very clear and very lively. Stefan has made only a few of these, so this is a rather collectible guitar.
 
Bright and singing mids and highs are the primary characteristic of this 12-string. This would be a wonderful addition to any collection. It is unique and adds a texture that is unobtainable from other 12-strings, almost a bouzouki quality, which makes sense given the builder. One of the easiest playing 12-strings I've seen, this one has that characteristic clear and punchy tone that Sobell is known for. It would be ideal to add to a recording mix or ensemble where the clarity is the most important thing.
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SCALE LENGTH 25.5 in
NUT WIDTH 1.81 in
STRING SPACING 2.38 in
WOODS SPRUCE - EUROPEAN,
ROSEWOOD - INDIAN

12-String players, gather round: we've got one of the all-time greats in the store today: a 1987 Sobell 12-String Archtop! Stefan Sobell is recognized as one of the original builders of Irish bouzouki, and other double-stringed instruments, and his long career attests to decades spent honing his craft.
 

Stefan Sobell feels the archtop supports a 12 string best. It gives it clarity and separation, as well as great punch.
 
Bright and singing mids and highs are the primary characteristic of this 12-string. This would be a wonderful addition to any collection.
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