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2006 John Walker Petty Creek

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Serial #: 006 Dated: 2/06, signed by the maker

Body size at lower bout: 14 3/4" Body depth at endpin: 4 1/2" Scale length: 24 3/4" Nut width: 1 3/4"

Materials: Solid bookmatched quartersawn Adirondack spruce soundboard; solid figured mahogany body; solid one-piece mahogany neck with adjustable truss rod; solid ebony bridge and fingerboard; pearl dot inlays; swirl tortoise scratchplate; grained ivoroid body binding: nickel Waverly 16X1 butterbean tuners with grained ivoroid buttons.

Notes: Petty Creek is a tributary of the Bitterroot River, in the Lolo National Forest, just west of Missoula, Montana. Here luthier John Walker builds his premium quality acoustic guitars, by hand, one at a time. Starting his career with Flatiron Mandolins in Bozeman, Walker joined Ren Ferguson in the Gibson Montana Division there, building one-off instruments for Gibson artists and custom orders. After a spell with Tacoma guitars in Washington State, Walker worked with noted Seattle builder Steve Anderson, whose archtop guitars have become renowned worldwide. Finally returning to Montana to found his own shop, John has maintained the legacy of his mentors by producing instruments of uncompromising craftsmanship and meticulous attention to detail.

The John Walker Petty Creek is a lovingly handcrafted instrument combining the prewar Gibson L-00 body shape with the extra depth of the classic Nick Lucas model. With a bookmatched, quartersawn Adirondack spruce soundboard, the Petty Creek has back, sides, and neck of solid figured mahogany. Solid ebony fingerboard with 24 3/4" scale and 1 3/4" nut, traditional grained ivoroid binding and genuine Waverly 16x1 tuners.

The Petty Creek has a bright, clear voice with excellent depth and separation, ideal for finger or pick style play. This estate guitar is in 100% original mint condition, with smooth low action, and a comfy gentle D neck profile. New cost is over $4000 and requires a wait; this immaculate example is ready now, and the first we've found on the vintage market. One only: call now.

Setup: This instrument is strung with medium gauge bronze strings (.012-.054). 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.

Case: Original deluxe arched plush lined hard shell case.











































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