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2002 Lacey Bay City

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Serial #: 0081, dated 3/30/02, signed by the maker

Nut Width: 1 11/16" Scale Length: 25 1/2" Body size: 18" Body depth: 3 1/4"

Finish: Cherry sunburst finish, nitrocellulose type

Materials: Solid bookmatched handcarved spruce top; solid tiger flame maple neck and body; solid ebony fingerboard; multi-ply curly maple and abalone binding; polished bone nut

Hardware: All original hardware includes contoured Macassar ebony tailpiece, abalone bound stairstep Macassar pickguard, inlaid compensated adjustable ebony bridge. Gold Grover Imperial tuners with pearl buttons, Benedetto humbucking pickup with volume and tone controls, endpin jack; Van Eps style string damper.

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 archtop guitar.

This handcrafted masterpiece is one of only two examples of the model made to date. At just 5lb. 15 oz, the instrument is almost impossibly light in weight for a full depth super jumbo 18" guitar. Stiff, featherlight bracing and meticulous tap-tuning of the soundboard produce an instrument of notable richness and resonance.

The neck is equally well crafted, with a shallow D profile that is effortless to hold. Body and neck are hand carved of AAAA tiger flame maple, which is used on the binding as well throughout, and the built-in Armstrong humbucker is quiet and rich with excellent sustain. Of special note is the ornate Paua heart abalone binding applied throughout: top, back and fingerboard; bridge, pickguard and tailpiece all are accented in Technicolor splendor, including the peghead inlay depicting San Francisco's signature Transamerica Building.

Ordered today, this instrument would exceed $20K, and entail a lengthy wait. We are pleased to offer this spectacular instrument now, for immediate delivery.

Case: Original deluxe plush hardshell case.































































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