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New Mahogany Artisan Archtop

 

i had one piece of figured mahogany left and wanted to do something a bit different. usually i use mahogany for my flat tops or even my cabaret classicals upon OCCASION but this time i thought “why not try a 16” archtop” . Its always fun to experiment a bit and since this was a spec guitar i could play around with it and see what happened. I have to say i was pleasantly surprised with the result. the mahogany body and sitka spruce top combo create an extremely pleasing tone. Both Warm and punchy at the same time with a distinct definition and increased volume. I used 3” sides in the upper body which graduates to 3 1/2” sides at the lower body to increase the bass response without sacrificing comfort. The macassar ebony appointments really add a nice depth of hue to the color PALATE but keep it simple ENOUGH to add a classic elegance to the overall look. I am really excited with the way this one turned out both AESTHETICALLY and tonally and know it will become someones favorite guitar.



SPECIFICATIONS

BODY WIDTH:            16"

body depth:            3” to 3 1/2” Tapered Sides

neck width:            1 23/32"

body wood:            Lightly Figured Honduras mahogany

top wood:               100 year old sitka spruce

neck wood:            one piece quarter sawn sapele mahogany

sound hole:           traditional f-holes

cutaway:                 single venetian

finish:                      high gloss nitrocellulose lacquer

fingerboard:        macassar ebony , 25" scale, 22 frets

frets:                     stainless steel

face plate:           macassar ebony

binding:                flame mahogany

Pickguard:           macassar ebony

tailpiece:              macassar ebony

bridge:                  blackwood

knobs:                   concealed volume, treble and bass rolloff

tuners:                gotoh 21:1 with snakewood buttons

pickup:                 signature floating humbucker

truss rod:         two way adjustable

case: hiscox lite flite