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2001 Victor Baker 16 Seven String
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Serial #: 22, Dated: 1/17/01, signed by the maker
Width: 16" Depth: 3" Nut: 2 1/16" Scale: 24 3/4"
Finish: Violin finish, nitrocellulose type.
Materials: Solid carved figured Bigleaf maple back, sides and neck; solid hand-carved quartersawn bookmatched Sitka spruce top; solid ebony fingerboard, bone nut, tortoise shell binding, Macassar ebony headplate.
Hardware: Ebony hardware includes Sacconi style tailpiece, compensated adjustable bridge, and volume and tone knobs. Black Grover Rotomatic tuners, Benedetto S-7 floating humbucker with endpin jack, contoured black pickguard.
Notes: New York luthier Victor Baker's archtop guitars are meticulously constructed entirely by hand, and rarely seen on the vintage market. This Custom 16 Seven String is crafted of all solid woods, bookmatched, tap-tuned, quartersawn and hand carved throughout. Built expressly for the working player, the compact Venetian cutaway body is fitted with a floating Benedetto S-7 humbucking pickup, and the solid, tap-tuned Sitka spruce top is parallel braced for maximum projection.
This gleaming example is carved of handsome tiger flame Bigleaf maple in the back, sides and neck. At barely 6lb. the guitar is nicely light in weight and well balanced, with a compact design that slips easily under the arm. The neck features a flat D profile that is slim and effortless in the hand, with smooth low action over a solid ebony fingerboard with generous 2 1/16" width. A special plus is the comfy 24 3/4" scale, hard to find in seven string models, which makes stretch chords and lightning runs a pleasure.
The Benedetto floating humbucker faithfully amplifies the warm acoustic voice, with volume and tone controls on the pickguard, and an endpin jack. Custom touches include the Macassar ebony headplate, and tortoise shell binding, complementing the warm tangerine violin finish. The instrument in superb original condition, and appears virtually unplayed. A marvel of performance and comfort, this hand crafted wonder is a joy to play and a true best buy in a top-flight luthier built guitar. One only, 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. Nickel flat wound strings installed.
Case: Original deluxe arched plush lined hardshell case.