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NEW SPECIAL EDITION ITALIA RHAPSODY

 $12,500.00

One of my favorite things as a custom guitar builder is creating one of a kind instruments. When deciding on my next project it occured to me one day that it would be cool to build a guitar that was an ode to the country of my heritage and so the rhapsody italia was born. the fingerboard and headstock inlays are malachite, mother of pearl and red coral to IMITATE the colors of the italian flag. I also used Green and red dyed pear wood with maple in the middle for the purfling on the body binding to add to the flag color scheme. the”piece de resistance” however, is the hand carved side port in the shape of a SILHOUETTE of italy itself. THis guitar is the perfect blend of old world heritage and new world design. The back is solid honduras rosewood which is carved and arched giving the guitar a more balanced tonal dynamic with an enhanced MID RANGE that is missing from most flat tops and also helps project the sound better which results in greater volume and an enhanced tone. the top is a stellar piece of carpathian spruce that give the trebels that bell like quality and adds incredible sustain. The unslotted pin bridge affords a better anchoring of the string to the bridge plate which makes for a more solid and accurate tuning. Great for single line jazz, finger style or flat picking the italia has its own unique voice and is as incredible to look at as it is to play.



SPECIFICATIONS

 

BODY WIDTH:             16"

BODY DEPTH:             3 9/16" to 4 1/16" tapered sides

NECK:                          3 PIECE mahogany neck with Flame maple center, 1 23/32" Neck width

BODY WOOD:             Honduras Mahogany

TOP WOOD:                Carpathian Spruce

SOUND HOLE:            Multi Ring Round Soundhole Rosette with Abalone Inlays

CUTAWAY:                  SINGLE VENETIAN

 FINISH:                      NITROCELLULOSE LACQUER

BINDING:                   Curly Goncalo Alves with Red/Maple/Green Purfling on back and top

FINGERBOARD:         Macassar Ebony, 12" radius

SCALE:                       25 1/2", 21 FRETS

FRETS:                       Stainless Steel

inlays mother of pearl blocks with malachite and red coral stripes

HEADSTOCK:             Macassar Ebony

PICKGUARD:              macassar Ebony

TUNERS:                    GOTOH DELTA SERIES 21:1  WITH snakewood BUTTONS

TRUSS ROD:              TWO WAY ADJUSTABLE

PICKUP:                     Ultra Tonic

BRIDGE:                     brazilian rosewood pinned bridge with snakewood pins with mother of pearl dots

side port: Hand carved SILHOUETTE of italy

case:                         hiscox Artist lite flite