Model 16 Special

  • This guitar is one of the lightest archtops I’ve ever made-it weighs 4.1 lbs. Surprisingly, it is made with an Eastern hard maple back and Adirondack spruce top, two of the denser materials one could choose for an archtop. I made a special effort to thin the top and back plates to remove excess material and reduce the weight of the guitar. The result is a very lightweight, very responsive guitar. This guitar would be at home playing “Freddie Green” style rhythm in a big band, soloing in a gypsy jazz group, or playing funky blues in a noisy nightclub.

    The guitar shines as an acoustic guitar, but I can install a Lollar Johnny Smith floating pickup for an additional $500.

    In keeping with a “less is more” concept, I used a very thin oil varnish instead of the usual nitrocellulose lacquer. Koa is used for binding, bridge, tailpiece and pickguard.

    Features

    Adirondack (Red) Spruce top
    Eastern hard maple back and sides
    Finish: Oil varnish
    Koa binding and appointments
    Waverly tuners with bloodwood buttons
    Scale length 24 3/4″
    Weight 4.1 lbs.
    Nut width 1 3/4″

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