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2005 Shelley Park Montmartre
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Body size at lower bout: 16 1/2" (420mm). Scale length: 26 3/8" (670mm) Nut Width: 1 3/4" (48mm) Body depth: 4" (100mm)
Materials: Bookmatched solid Sitka spruce top; solid figured bookmatched Koa back and sides; solid mahogany neck; solid ebony fingerboard; rosewood bound body.
Hardware: All original hardware including solid ebony bridge with Bigtone pickup and endpin jack; DR Selmer style tailpiece; gold engraved Waverly 16X1 tuners with ebony buttons.
Notes: Shelley Park's guitars have become prized on both sides of the Atlantic for their beauty, power and ultra-meticulous craftsmanship. A re-creation of the Favino "Petite Bouche" used by Django himself, the Park Montmartre has the long 670mm flamenco scale for exceptional punch and projection. In addition the extra deep and wide Favino style body is significantly larger than the Selmer style, with lighter bracing as well, for more bass response and sustain.
At barely 4lb even, the guitar is wonderfully light in weight, well balanced, and has an unusually powerful, resonant voice, with excellent projection and brilliant clarity. Immaculately constructed, this example is built with back and sides of dramatically figured solid Koa, with smooth low action over a slim, comfy solid mahogany neck. Virtually unplayed, the guitar is 100% original and free of pick, buckle, thumb or fingerboard wear. (Note: while this guitar was built in 2005, a typo on the label says 2001. Maybe it was Friday.)
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Setup: This instrument is strung with light gauge silvered steel strings, and will accommodate lighter or heavier gauge strings, according to preference.
Case: Original deluxe black arched plush lined hardshell case.