Model 16 /Varnish

  • 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.


    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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