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2000 Dale Unger American Dream

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Body size at lower bout: 17", Body Depth: 3" Scale length: 25" Nut: 1 3/4"

SN# 076-2000

Materials: Bookmatched arched German spruce top; bookmatched arched European flame maple back; solid European flame maple sides; 3 piece tiger flame maple neck; solid ebony fingerboard; black body binding, graphite nut.

Hardware: Solid ebony hardware includes contoured tailpiece, finger rest, and compensated adjustable ebony bridge; Schaller 16X1 tuners with ebony keys; Armstrong floating pickup with volume and tone controls, endpin jack.

Notes: Must have been the sawdust in the air. Luthier Dale Unger was raised in Nazareth, PA, and grew up around the great craftsmen of CF Martin and Co. Building his first guitar in 1977, Unger was introduced to archtop guru Bob Benedetto in 1993, and began building the instruments that would become the American Archtop series of guitars. Now, Unger's designs have come full circle, having been adopted by Martin for their first line of archtop guitars since 1942.

A full depth 17" Venetian cutaway guitar, the American Dream is built with all European tone woods. With its X- braced design, and Kent Armstrong floating pickup, the American Dream is built in the lineage of the great Bendetto designs, with highly figured arched laminated body for enhanced durability and feedback resistance. The neck profile is gently rounded with nicely crowned medium frets over a fingerboard of solid black ebony. The sleek lines are accentuated by the binding-free construction, lending the instument a clean and dramatic apparance. This example includes solid ebony tuner buttons and tone control on the ebony pickguard. This example is 100% original, without cracks, pick, buckle, thumb or fingerboard wear, and apart from a small lacquer dent on the side, appears virtually unplayed. Here's an opportunity to jump the substantial wait list, and save a bundle on a great guitar for the serious performer.

Setup: This instrument is strung with medium gauge nickel roundwound strings (.013-.056). 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 black plush hardshell case.





















































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