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2003 Heritage Sweet 16

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Serial #: T22708, Kalamazoo label

Body size at lower bout: 16", Scale length: 25 1/2" Nut: 1 11/16" Body depth: 2 3/4"

Finish: Amber blonde finish, nitrocellulose lacquer type.

Materials: Solid bookmatched handcarved fine grain spruce top; solid handcarved bookmatched tiger-flame maple back and sides; tiger flame maple neck with walnut centerstripes; solid ebony fingerboard with cloud mother of pearl inlays; abalone headstock logo; 7-ply body binding; 5-ply neck binding; bound f-holes; solid bone nut.

Hardware: 100% original hardware includes gold Heritage trapeze tailpiece with endpin jack, gold Grover Rotomatic tuners, full size Heritage floating humbucking pickup, 5-ply bound maple pickguard with volume knob; compensated adjustable ebony bridge with inlaid foot; adjustable truss rod.

Notes: Handbuilt in Kalamazoo by former Gibson artisans in the old Gibson plant, the Sweet 16 is an all-solid, all-carved jazz guitar in a notably comfortable size. Similar in concept to the Gibson L-4C, the Sweet 16 is just slightly shallower in depth, making it a joy to hold and play. The Sweet 16 is noteworthy as well in matching its 16 body with a full 25 1/2" L-5 scale, a combination virtually unique in either contemporary or vintage archtop design. In addition, the full-size floating humbucking pickup allows the solid carved soundboard to resonate to its fullest acoustic capacity.

This example is in superb condition, without cracks, pick, buckle or thumbwear, and shows exceptionally vivid flame in the fiddleback maple body and neck, along with unusually fine grain in the solid carved bookmatched quartersawn spruce soundboard. Neck profile is a comfy gentle D, with finely dressed medium jumbo fretwork on the solid ebony fingerboard. Voice is clear and open, with excellent volume unplugged or through the original Heritage floating humbucking pickup. Truly the best buy in a genuine American made jazz classic.

Setup: This instrument is strung with medium gauge nickel strings (.012-.054). The guitar will accommodate lighter or heavier gauge strings, according to preference. String action is set at 5/64" to 6/64" at the 12th fret, with moderate relief. The action may be lowered or raised to your requirements with the adjustable bridge.

Case: Original deluxe arched Heritage plushined hardshell case.











































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