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2004 Dale Unger American Legend

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

SN# 150-2004

Materials: Solid hand carved bookmatched German spruce top, solid carved European flame maple back and sides; 3 piece tiger flame maple neck; solid ebony fingerboard; graphite nut.

Hardware: Solid ebony hardware includes contoured tailpiece, finger rest, and compensated adjustable ebony bridge; Schaller 16X1 tuners with ebony keys; Handmade Armstrong floating pickup with volume and tone controls, endpin jack.

Notes: Must have been the sawdust in the air.

Luthier Dale Unger was raised in Nazareth, PA, and grew up around the great craftsmen of CF Martin and Co. Building his first guitar in 1977, Unger was introduced to archtop guru Bob Benedetto in 1993, and began building the instruments that would become the American Archtop series of guitars. Now, Unger's designs have come full circle, having been adopted by Martin for their first line of archtop guitars since 1942.

A full depth 17" Venetian cutaway guitar, the American Legend is hand voiced of all European tone woods. With its X- braced design, and Kent Armstrong floating pickup, the American Legend is built in the lineage of the great Bendetto designs. The sleek lines are accentuated by the binding-free construction, lending the instrument a clean and dramatic appearance. This example is in mint condition, with exceptionally vivid flame maple back, sides and neck. The neck profile is a flattened gentle D, with smooth low action over nicely crowned medium frets on a fingerboard of solid black ebony, with a fresh high precision setup.

This gleaming example includes custom upgrades including the solid ebony tuner buttons, and tone control on the ebony pickguard. Clear open acoustic voice, with excellent projection, detail and sustain, faithfully transmitted with the floating Armstong humbucker. Here's an opportunity to jump the wait list, and save a bundle to boot, on one of the most popular working guitars on the scene today. One only: call now

Setup: This instrument is strung with medium gauge nickel roundwound 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 deluxe arched black plush hardshell case.



















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