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2002 Schaefer Swingmaster
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Serial #: 00799
Body Width: 17 3/8" Nut: 1 11/16" Scale: 25" Depth: 3"
Finish: Natural blonde finish, nitrocellulose type.
Materials: Solid hand-carved European flame maple back, sides and neck; solid hand-carved bearclaw spruce top; solid ebony fingerboard, solid mother-of-pearl inlays, solid bone nut.
Hardware: Solid ebony hardware includes triple bound pickguard and tailpiece, floating Armstrong humbucking pickup, Grover Imperial 16x1 tuners, solid ebony compensated adjustable bridge, adjustable truss rod.
Notes: Texas luthier Ed Schaefer's archtop guitars are meticulously constructed entirely by hand, and rarely seen on the vintage market. His Swingmaster marries the premium hand-carved solid spruce soundboard and highly flamed maple body with the classic tone of the tap-tuned, X-braced Venetian cutaway design. The 17 3/8" body is a tribute to the classic Epiphone Deluxe, and the warm amber blonde finish shows the intensely figured tiger flame maple body to great advantage.
The neck has a comfy gentle "D" profile, notably sleek and fast, and the frets are the classic medium-jumbos, famously easy to play. Body and neck are well balanced, and the instrument sits comfortably on the lap or the shoulder. The Armstrong Handmade floating humbucking pickup produces a smooth, silky tone, notably faithful to the warm acoustic voice. The instrument is in immaculate, virtually unplayed condition, without pick, buckle, thumb or fingerboard wear. A handbuilt marvel, the Swingmaster offers true vintage craftsmanship in an elegant contemporary package.
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 arched plush hardshell case.