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2001 Comins Chester Avenue

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Serial#: 0121, label signed by the builder

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

Finish: amber blonde finish, nitrocellulose lacquer type.

Materials: Solid bookmatched handcarved bearclaw Adirondack spruce top; handcarved AAA flame maple back and sides; 3 piece tiger flame maple neck; solid ebony fingerboard; hand-engraved pearl headstock logo; deluxe 9-ply body binding; 5-ply headstock and neck binding; triple bound f-holes; solid bone nut.

Hardware: Hardware includes hand carved ebony tailpiece and multi-bound finger rest; gold Schaller 16X1 tuners with ebony keys, compensated adjustable ebony bridge; Kent Armstrong floating PAF pickup with volume and tone controls, endpin jack.

Notes: Bill Comins has been making master quality instruments by hand at his Pennsylvania workshop for over two decades, and building in the process a formidable reputation for meticulous detail and precision craftsmanship. Using the design concepts of Bob Benedetto as a starting point, Comins has evolved a line of instruments that reflect both his personal vision and his uncompromising standards for fit, finish and tone. This guitar is an example of his top-of-the-line Chester Avenue model.

This spectacular instrument is constructed of bookmatched fiddleback flame maple, tap-tuned hand carved solid Adirondack spruce, with its characteristic reddish mineralization; the lightest, most responsive tonewood obtainable. The voice is magnificent: clear and open, with the appealing woodiness of instruments many decades older.

The compensated ebony bridge employs gold bushings around the bridgewheels for smooth adjustment, and the peghead echoes the design of the classic prewar asymmetrical Epiphone Masterbilt headstock. The instrument is in superb 100% original condition, and appears virtually unplayed. The neck profile is slim and elegant: perfectly tapered for effortless fingering. Action is smooth and low, with a fresh high-precision setup.

Comins guitars are rarely offered for resale, built like a Rolex, and represent a rare opportunity for the discriminating player. Current base price on the Chester Avenue is $12,500, with a considerable backlog. Skip the wait and bag a bargain: one only, call now.

Setup: This instrument is strung with medium gauge nickel roundwound strings (.012-.054). 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 arched black plush lined hardshell case.

























































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