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2005 Roger Borys B-120 Deluxe

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Serial #: 178-325-2005, signed by the maker

Finish: Golden sunburst, nitrocellulose type

Body size at lower bout: 16" Scale length: 24 3/4" Nut width: 1 3/4" Body depth: 2 3/4"

Materials: Arched tiger flame maple laminate-plate body; one-piece solid maple neck with adjustable truss rod; curly maple body binding, polished bone nut; solid pearl fingerboard and peghead inlay.

Hardware: Solid ebony hardware includes fingerboard, pickguard, compensated adjustable bridge, volume and tone knobs; gold cast tailpiece; gold Grover Rotomatic tuners.

Notes: New Jersey based luthier Roger Borys is a legend among contemporary archtop builders, with celebrity players including Jim Hall, Joe Pass, Emily Remler, Jimmy Wyble and many more. Borys worked closely with D'Aquisto for a number of years, and when Jimmy needed soundboard plates for his Jim Hall guitar, he turned to Roger. The soundboards Borys delivered were cold molded from sheets of feather light veneer. Stiff, lightweight, and tonally sensitive, they possesed a notably bright tap tone and high feedback resistance. These original D'Aquisto electrics became highly prized by working players for their versatility and durability, and have become one of the most popular of modern guitar designs, as produced by makers as diverse as Sadowsky, Buscarino, Moll, Unger and other top builders.

The body of the Borys B-120 Deluxe is constructed of these highly figured tiger maple plates, mated with a solid curly maple neck with solid ebony fingerboard and hardware. An Armstrong Adjustable PAF provides seamless depth and tonal range, and the gentle D neck profile is elegantly tapered to the hand. The overall fit and finish of the instrument is immaculate, with a lustrous golden sunburst, and Borys' signature diamond inlay in the back of the headstock.

At just 6lb 4oz the guitar is nicely lightweight and well balanced, and is in superb condition, with all original hardware and finish, with no cracks, pick, buckle, thumb or fingerboard wear. Smooth low action over a comfy gentle D neck profile, fine warm voice with excellent detail. Roger builds his creations one at a time, and it can take years to take delivery of one of his instruments. For the serious player seeking an elegant, hard-working jazz box, our advice is: take a page from Jimmy himself, and go right to the source.

Setup: This instrument is strung with medium gauge flatwound nickel strings. 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 for acoustic playing with medium strings. The action may be lowered or raised to your requirements with the adjustable bridge.

Case: Original deluxe black arched plush lined hardshell case.



















































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