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2005 Sadowsky Jim Hall Signature

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SN#: A096, builder signature on label. Body size at lower bout: 16" Scale length: 24 3/4" Nut width: 1 3/4" Body depth: 2 3/4" Neck depth: .80/.91, 1st/10th frets

Materials: Highly figured lightweight maple laminate body; solid maple neck with adjustable truss rod; solid ebony fingerboard; 5-ply bound body; bound fingerboard

Hardware: 100% original ebony hardware includes pickguard, compensated adjustable bridge, tailpiece, control knobs and tuner buttons; Sadowsky/DiMarzio handwound humbucking pickup; gold Gotoh tuners.

Notes: Since the debut of Gibson's ES-175 in 1949, the 16" cutaway archtop has been the workhorse of the journeyman jazz guitarist. One of the first to refine the concept was Jimmy D'Aquisto, who slimmed the depth of the body in the 70's to improve player comfort, added the handsome Venetian cutaway and streamlined soundholes, and retained the laminate body and built in pickup for improved sustain and feedback resistance. Now, a new generation of players and builders have rediscovered the design, making the 16" electric jazz box an indispensable tool for the working pro.

One of D'Aquisto's first customers for his 16" electric was jazz legend Jim Hall. Some three decades later, Hall collaborated with prolific Brooklyn luthier Roger Sadowsky to produce this latest refinement in a distinguished lineage of working jazz boxes. The neck profile in particular is one of the most inviting we've played, and the radius of the solid ebony board combined with the immaculately dressed fretwork make for an exceptionally nimble playing experience.

A rare and desirable example in violin burst finish, this guitar is in superb 100% original condition, without pick, buckle, thumb or fingerboard wear, and shows particularly attractive flame maple throughout. Apart from a bit of fog on the pickup cover, and a few incidental finish nicks, the instrument shows few signs of play altogether.

Action is smooth and low over a fresh high-precision setup on the gentle D profile neck, with a solid ebony fingerboard. The Sadowsky/DiMarzio handwound PAF pickup is modeled after Hall's original Guild/DeArmond humbucker, and is clear and clean, with excellent warmth and detail.

Nestled in its original plush lined hardshell case, this gleaming example comes complete with all original paperwork and case candy, including strap locks and polishing cloth. One of our most popular gig guitars, these classic Halls don't last long here: one only, call now.

Setup: This instrument is strung with medium gauge nickel flatwound strings. 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.



















































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