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New Spalt Nouveau Series L'Image Profile Mahogany/Poplar/Maple
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Status
Sold
Brand
Spalt Instruments
Product Year
2009
Model
The Nouveau Series L'Image Profile
Serial #
No. 3
New/Preowned
New
SKU
2587
Condition
New
Body Type(s)
Large, Solid Body
Back & Sides
Mahogany
Top
Other
Neck Wood
Rosewood
Bridge
Ebony - Macassar
Rosette
Rosewood
Fingerboard
Ebony
Fingerboard Bindings
None
Fret Markers
Custom Abalone and Silver
Frets to Body
19
Headplate
Ebony - Macassar
Headstock Inlay
Builder Logo
Body Bindings
None
Tuners
Custom Sperzel
Tuner Finish
Nickel with Ebony Buttons
Cutaway
Single
Pickup
Spalt BoneTops. Hand crafted and Dyed Bone Bobbins Wound by Lindy Fralin. P-90s with Alnico Magnets in Bridge and Ceramic Magnets in Neck.
Body Length
18.25 in
Upper Bout
11.25 in
Lower Bout
15.25 in
Body Depth Heel
1.75 in
Body Depth Tail
1.75 in
Scale Length
25.5 in
Scale Length (mm)
647.7 mm
Nut Width
1.63 in
Nut Width (mm)
41.4 mm
String Spacing
2 in
String Spacing (mm)
50.8 mm
Weight
0 lb. 0 oz.
Case
Hardshell - G&G
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Description

Special Offer: In response to the economic climate the owner of this wonderful series of guitars is offering a limited time 40% reduction to offer players a chance to own these very special limited edition guitars.

Just off a showing at the Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad, California. The Nouveau Series is a special project developed by author and musician Paul Schmidt and luthier Michael Spalt. A series of electric guitars that transcend the six string and blend it seemlessly with true art. The series was inspired by Art Nouveau and these instruments are at once art and the most serious of musical tools. Michael Spalt and Paul Schmidt spent several years developing the idea, finding artwork and artifacts, sketching, collaborating and finally building these exquisite gems.

The pieces are based on the Klein acoustic shape with inclusions of art nouveau artifacts, natural woods, bone and the finest hardware. Not only are these instruments stunning visual works of art, but they are ergonomic masterpieces as well. The bodies feel immediately familiar and the solid Rosewood necks, with there flat sheen, feel played for 50 years. The BoneTop pickups are extraordinary - Gorgeous hand crafted Bone bobbins died in a variety of colors with Alnico magnets for the Bridge and Ceramic for the Neck. They voice is stellar, clear and loud with other-worldly sustain. Each instrument also has it's own custom case that continues the guitars individual statement as well as a signed copy of the book 'The Nouveau Series' by Paul Schmidt.

'L'Image Profile'

"This image of a 'golden woman' is from the back page of 'L'Image' - a magazine of the period (this issue/image from the late 1890s) that depicted art and commentary of the day. I chose this image not because the artist was well-known (the magazine did not even note the artist), but because it was captivating, engaging, and cut from the same spiritual cloth as all of the more well-known artists and pieces in the Series. After several hours of viewing art with a seasoned art dealer who had been working with Nouveau prints for decades, this little wonder appeared and all but jumped into the family of art I'd been gathering. I was immediately reminded of Leonardo Da Vinci's drawings of water, not because the image replicated the style, but because the depth, intensity, and quality were of the same family." The cream and mossy green image is framed with more Klein rosette artifacts which resemble her stylized hair, and the same rectilinear theme of the frame is represented in the extraordinary jewelry-like Abalone and silver body and fingerboard inlays. The woods are Poplar, flamed Maple, Crushed maple, and Macassar Ebony. The colours wed nicely - note the Poplar in the upper bout and its resonance with the colour of her hair and the neck pickup.

The overall atmosphere of gentle is enhanced by the blonde Maple and the dark mustard Poplar hues. The woods, shapes, and colour choices simultaneously reflect and enhance the strength, character, and beauty of the lithograph. The knobs are from a 1940s radio and the switch is Catalin."

Click here to read about the Nouveau Series on builder Michael Spalt's website.

Click Here to view the book 'The Nouveau Series' by Paul Schmidt.

Click Here to view photos from the Museum Showing at the Museum of Making Music.

There are certain instruments that are simply more than just guitars. These Nouveau Series instrument are such instruments. They feel, play and sound like the very best guitar you will ever hold, but they also possess the passion and fire of true art. Each is a painting, a sculpture, a masterpiece unto themselves. Everytime I hold one I find a new detail to behold and admire. But make no mistake, these are incredible guitars. I've never heard such a great P90 voice, so clear, so full and powerful. The solid rosewood necks are smooth as silk and create sustain beyond belief. It's clear this Nouveau Series was a passion for Michael Spalt and Paul Schmidt and now for all of us here at Dream Guitars. Wether you are a collector of museum quality guitars or a player that wants to be inspired by your instrument every day, the Nouveau Series is for you.
 
These guitars are really amazing to behold, the tone is great and they play great. Truly works of art.
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SCALE LENGTH 25.5 in
NUT WIDTH 1.63 in
STRING SPACING 2 in
WOODS OTHER,
MAHOGANY

Special Offer: In response to the economic climate the owner of this wonderful series of guitars is offering a limited time 40% reduction to offer players a chance to own these very special limited edition guitars.Just off a showing at the Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad, California. The Nouveau Series is a special project developed by author and musician Paul Schmidt and luthier Michael Spalt.
 

There are certain instruments that are simply more than just guitars. These Nouveau Series instrument are such instruments.
 
These guitars are really amazing to behold, the tone is great and they play great. Truly works of art.
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