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2001 Hill Curva Negra

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Serial #: L846, label signed by the maker

Body size at lower bout: 14 1/4" Scale length: 25 1/2" (650mm) Nut: 2" (51mm)

Materials: All solid construction includes bookmatched quartersawn Englemann spruce top, Indian rosewood back and sides with Venetian cutaway, one-piece mahogany neck; solid ebony fingerboard; deluxe multi-ply binding; solid bone nut and saddle; solid rosewood bridge; gold precision three-on-a-plate tuners, internal piezo pickup and endpin jack.

Notes: Award winning luthier, teacher, writer and performer, Santa Cruz based Kenny Hill is the Renaissance Man of the classical guitar. Since the mid 1970's, Hill has built a reputation as one of the most respected and innovative builders of the nylon string instrument, and his players span an eclectic cross section of styles, from Earl Klugh and David Lindley to Struntz and Farah and the late Aaron Shearer.

The Curva Negra is a hybrid design, equally at home with classical, latin, bossa and fingerstyle jazz. The graceful Venetian cutaway allows superior access to upper fretboard, and the lightweight body is notably well balanced. This instrument was hand built by Kenny in his California shop, and features a handsome straight grained rosewood body and a bookmatched quartersawn soundboard generously interleaved with cross-grain silk. The voice is clear and even across then range, with impressive depth and resonance, and the instrument is equippes with an internal piezo pickup and endpin jack.

The instrument has been immaculately maintained, without scratches, buckle, thumb or fingerboard wear in the feather-light French polish finish. The presence of a few precisely carved cleats on the inside back attests to a tight grainline repair, but even a magnifying glass won't reveal its location from the outside: it's that seamless. Now available only as an import model, this true California-built Curva Negra is a rare appearance indeed on the vintage market. This example is in superb condition, and offers unrivaled versatility for fingerstyle players of all persuasions.

Case: Original deluxe black arched plush hardshell case.

























































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