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2004 Dale Unger American Dream 7 String

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SN# 154-2004

Body size at lower bout: 17", Body Depth: 2 3/8" Scale length: 25" Nut: 2 1/16" Neck depth: .88/1.01, 1st/10th frets

Materials: Figured arched flame maple laminate body; arched laminate spruce soundboard; 3 piece solid maple neck; solid ebony fingerboard and nut.

Hardware: Solid ebony hardware includes contoured tailpiece, finger rest, and compensated adjustable ebony bridge; Schaller 16X1 tuners with ebony keys; Armstrong built-in Handmade PAF with volume and tone controls; endpin jack.

Notes: Luthier Dale Unger was raised in Nazareth, PA, and grew up around the great craftsmen of CF Martin and Co. Building his first guitar in 1977, Unger was introduced to archtop guru Bob Benedetto in 1993, and began building the instruments that would become the American Archtop series of guitars. Now, Unger's designs have come full circle, having been adopted by Martin for their first line of archtop guitars since 1942.

The American Dream has a figured birdseye maple and spruce laminate body that produces a rich amplified voice with superior feedback resistance and excellent structural stability. With its X- braced design, slimline finger rest, and cello style tailpiece, the American Dream is built in the lineage of the great Bendetto designs.

This guitar is a scarce example of Unger's 7 string version, with a smooth flat D neck profile that's particularly inviting. At a mere 5lb 8oz, the guitar would be remarkably light for a six string, and especially so for a seven, with a warm, resonant voice and excellent balance on the lap or the strap. The fiddleback maple body is notably striking, with beautifully bookmatched flame figure throughout. Of particular note is the slimmed depth body: at just 2 3/8" deep, it's particularly comfy to sling your arm over, especially on longer gigs.

Carefully maintained, the guitar is without pick, buckle, thumb or fingerboard wear, and has all original finish and hardware. Apart from a few bumps in the finish on the back, and a small nick in the treble side, the instrument shows few signs of play altogether.

Exceptional quality, at an unbeatable price. One only: call now.

Setup: This instrument is strung with medium gauge nickel roundwound strings (.013-.080). The guitar will accommodate lighter or heavier gauge strings, according to preference. String action is set at 4/64" to 5/64" at the 12th fret, with moderate relief for acoustic playing with medium strings. The action may be lowered or raised to your requirements with the adjustable bridge.

Case: Original deluxe arched plush lined hardshell case.





















































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