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2006 Roger Borys Jazz Master

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Serial #: D129-183-332-2006, signed by the maker

Finish: Tobacco sunburst, nitrocellulose type

Body size at lower bout: 16" Scale length: 24.9" Nut width: 1 3/4" Body depth: 2 3/4"

Materials: Arched tiger flame maple laminate-plate body; one-piece solid maple neck with adjustable truss rod; curly maple body binding.

Hardware: Kent Armstrong PAF humbucking pickup; solid ebony fingerboard, Macassar ebony pickguard, compensated bridge, knobs and tailpiece; gold Schaller tuners with ebony buttons.

Notes: New Jersey based luthier Roger Borys is a legend among contemporary archtop builders, with celebrity players including Emily Remler, Jimmy Wyble and many more. Borys worked closely with D'Aquisto for a number of years, and when Jimmy needed soundboard plates for his Jim Hall guitar, he turned to Roger. The soundboards Borys delivered were cold molded from sheets of feather light veneer. Stiff, lightweight, and tonally sensitive, they possesed a notably bright tap tone and high feedback resistance. These original D'Aquisto electrics became highly prized by working players for their versatility and durability, and have become one of the most popular of modern guitar designs, as produced by makers as diverse as Sadowski, Buscarino, Moll, Unger and other top builders.

The body of the Borys Jazz Master is constructed of these highly figured tiger maple plates, mated with a solid curly maple neck with solid ebony fingerboard and hardware. An Armstrong Adjustable PAF provides seamless depth and tonal range, and the gentle D neck profile is one of the most inviting we've played. The overall fit and finish of the instrument is immaculate, with a lustrous true tobacco sunburst. This example is in virtually unplayed condition, and is free of pick, buckle, thumb or fingerboard wear. Roger builds his creations one at a time, and it can take years to take delivery of one of his instruments. For the serious player seeking an elegant, hard-working jazz box, our advice is: take a page from Jimmy himself, and go right to the source.

Setup: This instrument is strung with medium gauge flatwound nickel strings. The guitar will accommodate lighter or heavier gauge strings, according to preference. String action is set at 5/64" to 6/64" at the 12th fret, with moderate relief for acoustic playing with medium strings. The action may be lowered or raised to your requirements with the adjustable bridge.

Case: Original deluxe hardshell case.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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