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2006 Schaefer Casanova
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Serial #: 07506
Nut: 1 11/16" Scale: 25" Width: 16" Depth: 2"
Finish: Natural blonde finish, nitrocellulose type.
Materials: Solid hand-carved flame maple back, sides and neck; solid hand-carved spruce top; solid ebony fingerboard, solid mother-of-pearl inlays, solid bone nut.
Hardware: All gold hardware includes twin Wolfetone Legend humbucking pickups, Schaller 16x1 tuners with ebony keys, stop tailpiece, Tunematic bridge, 3 way pickup selector switch; black 60's style Gibson reflector cap knobs.
Notes: Tired of typical plywood thinlines? Then pick a few sweet notes on the Schaefer Casanova. Introduced in 1958, the Gibson ES-335 debuted the thinline body, with an inner block for sustain and reduced feedback, and the new humbucking pickups for quiet operation, high output, and sweet, fat tone. The 335 became an instant classic, mass-produced in the thousands to this day with inexpensive, durable plywood bodies.
Texas luthier Ed Schaefer's archtop guitars are meticulously constructed entirely by hand, and rarely seen on the vintage market. His Casanova blends the premium hand-carved solid spruce soundboard and highly flamed maple body of his top-line jazz boxes to the comfortable thinline body of the classic 335. The body and neck are well balanced, the instrument sits comfortably on the lap or the shoulder, and the amber blonde finish shows the intensely figured tiger flame maple body to great advantage. The neck has a gentle "D" profile, remarkably sleek and fast, and the original frets are the classic medium-jumbos, famously easy to play. The Wolfetone Legend pickups produce a smooth, high output signal with lots of snap and sustain. The instrument was custom built without a pickguard, and is virtually unplayed, without pick, buckle, thumb or fingerboard wear. With a fast neck and smooth sweet bluesy tone, this handbuilt marvel blends 335 comfort with L-5 quality construction.
Setup: Trussrod tension and neck relief adjusted; bridge height adjusted; bridge compensation set; bridge wheels and tuners lubricated; fingerboard and bridge oiled; body and neck cleaned and hand polished.
Case: Original deluxe plush lined arched hardshell case.