00-14 fret Guitar #39 120


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This sweet little 00-14 features a master-grade Carpathian spruce top and blistered maple back and sides. This was the first of its kind in a new line of Skipper guitars; I didn't create a series of construction photos for this instrument. The top purfling and rosette were built up from abalone with a red/white/black wheat design that was originally created for a classical guitar I built some time earlier; Honduras rosewood bindings complete the effect. The slotted headstock and pyramid bridge add a touch of class, as does the custom inlay pattern. The solid mahogany neck has a satin nitrocellulose lacquer finish, and the balance of the guitar is a gloss nitro finish. As with nearly all of my instruments, the nut and saddle are bone, and the bridge, fretboard, and peghead overlay are ebony. This is a New Vintage instrument, combining such traditional techniques and materials such as hot hide glue with the latest in materials and technology such as computer-assisted tap tuning and carbon-fiber reinforcing. The tone was open and robust and dry, reminiscent of a few small-bodied vintage guitars I've heard. This guitar was sold to a customer in Washington state in October of 2013.

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