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CALLIOPE 17″ ARCHTOP by Emanuele Faggion, Luthier Brand new Incl. SKB Professional hard case, certificate and merch
The Archtop guitar is one of the most satisfying and complicated instrument to build. If made with care and the right amount of time, she will show her real characther, with the deep and talking sound she’s known for. A meticolous work of hand carving to create the arch, and long and careful thicknessing to reach the exact point where sound meets stability, are only two of the ingredients to create a great guitar. All of my archtops are made by hand out of massive wood, with no laminate tops and back at all (unlike most factory brands do), which are way cheaper and faster, but also unsatisfying for the sound.
Furthermore, the thicknessing for the top and the back is different for every guitar, since every single piece of wood has its own internal strenght and flexibility; my task is to find the exact point where the wood gains its maximum responsiveness, but it’s still able to hold the string tension.
It’s a long procedure, but it’s the only way to achieve the best.
For this particular guitar, I chose to make a deep, vivid carving, and to focus on clean but distinctive design. This model is named Calliope, like the Greek muse of poetry and arts. It is a tribute and a way to remember to try living with art and uniqueness.
Its style follows the important marks left by the great Archtop masters of our time: Monteleone, Beauregard, Marchione, Mirabella and many more.
I personally build all of my guiters in their entirety, in order to give organicity and identity. I hand build them in my workshop in northern Italy.
Model: Calliope, 17″ waist
Top: Bavarian Spruce, 30+yrs old cut
Back/Sides: Canadian Maple
Soundport: Yes, Calliope design
Fretboard: Canadian Maple
Neck: Laminated European Maple
Bridge: One piece Canadian Maple
Tailpiece: One piece Canadian Maple
Bindings: Canadian Maple, Brass
Pickup: Benedetto S-6
Electronics: Schatten hidden thumbwheel controls
Nut: Unbleached bone
Finish: Glossy nitrocellulose
Tuners: Rubner Germany, ebony buttons
Truss rod: Two way, slim, 4 mm Allen key
– Hand picked, first quality woods
– Fully handmade in Trissino, Italy
– Wooden components stored in dry, controlled area
– Careful, precise hand thicknessing of table and back
– Voicing at closed box, for optimal responsiveness
– Dovetail neck construction
– Constant flexibility/strength ratio check
– Humidity controlled working environment
– Quality SKB Hard case included
– Certificate of authenticity and merch included
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