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2005 Cardona Elegante

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Body size at lower bout: 17" Scale length: 25" Nut Width: 1 3/4" Body depth: 3"

Materials: Bookmatched handcarved tap tuned solid spruce top; solid highly figured bookmatched tiger flame maple back and sides; solid one-piece tiger maple neck; solid ebony fingerboard; 5 ply bound fingerboard and peghead; seven ply grained ivoroid body binding; triple bound f-holes; bone nut.

Hardware: Solid compensated adjustable ebony bridge; bound tortoise pickguard, gold trapeze tailpiece; gold sealed Schaller 16X1 tuners, gold PAF style humbucking pickup.

Notes: Indiana Luthier Robert Littrell has brought the ultra-meticulous craftsmanship of his classical and flamenco guitars to the jazz world with his Cardona Elegante. Built in the style of the legendary Wes Montgomery L-5CES, the Elegante has the 17" Venetian cutaway body and parallel bracing of the legendary Gibson jazz boxes of the 40's and 50's. The Elegante is constructed of staggering AAA+ tonewoods throughout, with exceptionally dramatic curly maple back, sides and neck.

At just 5lb. 11oz. the instrument is extraordinarily lightweight, and its deeply resonant voice carries volume exceeding many purely acoustic models. The neck profile is particularly noteworthy: an elegant wide shallow "D" that simply glides through the hand. The finish is distinctive as well, with body and neck lacquered in a traditional amber blonde, and the top finished in a handsome opaque limed ivory, reminiscent of Gibson's "TV" finishes of the mid 50's. This example is in immaculate condition, without pick, buckle thumb or fingerboard wear, and sports smooth low action over a fresh pro setup. Best of all, the Elegante is an extraordinary value in a true US hand carved luthier built archtop. Let the big names beg for big prices, and bag this bargain while you can.

Setup: This instrument is strung with medium gauge nickel roundwound strings (.013-.056), and will accommodate lighter or heavier gauge strings, according to preference.

Case: Original deluxe arched plush hardshell case.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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