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2005 Mark Lacey Argonaut

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Serial #: 0098 Signed and dated, 6-30-05

Body size at lower bout: 15" Body depth: 2 7/16"" Scale length: 25" Nut width: 1 11/16" Neck depth, 1st/10th frets: .79/.87

Materials: Solid handcarved bookmatched quartersawn Sitka spruce top; handcarved solid flame maple back with matching sides and neck; solid ebony fingerboard; rosewood headstock veneer, multi-bound body with grained ivoroid binding.

Hardware: Gold Waverly 16:1 tuners with snakewood knobs; solid rosewood pickguard, compensated bridge, tailpiece and truss rod cover; Gibson 57 Classic PAF humbucking pickup with volume and tone controls and endpin jack.

Notes: Forget stage fright, unreadable charts, or impossible bandleaders. For the traveling guitarist, no terror is more bone-chilling than having to cross the ultimate threshold: the airline boarding area. Everyone knows a horror story of a beloved instrument splintered, sundered or stolen, and the anxiety and uncertainty around travel can be simply crazy making. Enter the Argonaut.

Weighing in at a scant 4lb 7oz., the fully hollow, all carved thinline Lacey Argonaut is just 15" wide, and under 2 1/2" in depth. Nonetheless, the tap-tuned X-braced top produces an acoustic voice that is astoundingly clear and warm, with bass response utterly unexpected in a soundbox this size. Featherlight and perfectly balanced, the Argonaut sits gracefully in the lap, and performs spectacularly through the built in Armstrong humbucking pickup.

This example shows exceptional AAAA tiger flame maple body and neck, grained ivoroid binding, solid rosewood hardware and trim, and a perfectly bookmatched handcarved Sitka spruce soundboard. The instrument is in superb condition, without pick, thumb or fingerboard wear, showing only a few incidental nicks in the original sapphire blue lacquer, now faded a bit on top to a lovely emerald hue.

A delight equally to hold and behold, the compact Lacey Argonaut is the perfect tonic for the travails of the traveling troubadour, snuggled right up in the overhead bin. One only, call now.

Setup: This instrument is strung with medium gauge nickel strings (.013-.056). 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 custom AVS plush lined hardshell case.








































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