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2001 Mark Lacey Artist 12 String
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Serial #: 0076
Nut: 1 11/16" Scale: 25" Width: 15" Depth: 1 3/4"
Finish: Blue burst finish, nitrocellulose type.
Materials: Solid hand-carved chambered mahogany back, sides and neck; solid carved flame maple top; solid ebony fingerboard, solid mother-of-pearl inlays, solid bone nut.
Hardware: 100% original gold hardware includes twin humbucking pickups, Gotoh Rotomatic style tuners with ebony keys, Tunematic bridge with stop tailpiece, 3 way pickup selector switch; twin volume controls, master tone control, bound ebony pickguard.
Notes: One of the most accomplished of modern American luthiers, Mark Lacey began his career in the mid-70's in London, building renaissance and baroque stringed instruments. After stints with Gruhn and Bill Lawrence, Lacey opened his own shop, first in LA and then in Nashville, where he currently resides. His artist roster includes notable jazzers like Herb Ellis, Howard Alden and Bruce Forman, and other clients including Jackson Browne, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Paul McCartney. Influenced by D'Angelico and D'Aquisto as well as the Gibson classics, Lacey has earned a reputation as one of the world's premier builders of the modern guitar.
This rare blue burst example is one in a matched pair of custom guitars, and quite likely the only electric 12 string this renowned builder has produced to date. Like its 6 string counterpart, the Artist 12 combines the most attractive features of three of the world's most iconic guitars. The semi-hollow thinline construction is in the style of the ES-335, with a Les Paul style compact 15" single cutaway mahogany body. Finally, the solid carved spruce top, ebony fingerboard, engraved gold hardware and ornate pearl inlay are all inspired by the legendary archtops of John D'Angelico. This stunning instrument shows a perfectly bookmatched carved solid tiger flame maple soundboard, chambered mahogany body and neck, grained ivoroid binding, and gold stop tailpiece. The neck is carved in a elegant gentle flattened D profile, with smooth low action over immaculate medium jumbo fretwork.
The instrument is in virtually unplayed condition, and is accompanied by its framed certificate of authenticity, signed by the builder. New price on this model is currently $7000 and up, with a substantial build time. Surely one of the most elegant electric guitars ever made, this Lacey Classic offers peerless playability with incomparable hand-built quality. Call now.
Setup: Trussrod tension and neck relief adjusted; bridge height adjusted; bridge compensation set; bridge wheels and tuners lubricated; fingerboard and bridge oiled; body and neck cleaned and hand polished.
Case: Original deluxe black arched plush lined hardshell case.