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New Spalt Nouveau Series Loetz Gilded Serpent Mahogany/Various
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Status
Sold
Brand
Spalt Instruments
Product Year
2009
Model
The Nouveau Series Loetz Gilded Serpent
Serial #
No. 11
New/Preowned
New
SKU
2621
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 in
Lower Bout
15.25 in
Body Depth Heel
2 in
Body Depth Tail
2 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

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.

'Loetz Gilded Serpent'

"The glass chosen for this instrument features contrasting iridescent to opaque golden hues and organic shapes expressing the vitality and boldness of nature's pervading strength and wildness. This is some of the most strident art glass from the period. The serpent theme, derived from the shapes found in the glass, is consistent with Art Nouveau's attentions to the power and mystery of nature. The symbology of the serpent is vast and was often used to represent the sacred primal energy of matter. It was an inspiring figure in the mythologies and rituals of Africa, Ancient China, and many cultures, most notably the Greek gods of poetry, music, healing, and divination. The obvious serpentine shapes in the glass invite the blonde flamed Maple serpent images for the body, which, though softer in colour than the golden and light green glass, speak through their size, shape, and historical reference. The earthen-toned spalted Maple that comprises much of the top offers a texture and vibrancy that enhances the vividness of both the serpents and the glass. Additional woods are Redwood burl, and Rosewood. The inlays are artfully rendered in silver and pearl, and the knobs and switch are resin and Catalin respectively. Perhaps the most aggressive instrument of the Nouveau Series brimming with boldness, gold, and more boldness."

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

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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